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Old 09-17-2010, 08:16 AM
Location: Morehead City, NC
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Updated NC Coastal Fishing Report
(Posted with permission from the Saltwater Catch website)

Saltwater fishing along the coast of North Carolina this September can be best described in one word. Insane! The blitz’s, the sizes, the number of catch and releases these first few weeks of the month have been tremendous. Here are some of the highlights from around the coast.

Captain John Duffy fishing on the charter boat “Billfisher” caught and released 57 white marlin in a single day. I don’t know how it is physically possible but they did it last week.

The boats fishing for red drum in the Pamlico Sound, Neuse River, Cedar Island area of North Carolina have had almost the same kind of action. A “slow” day of fishing for the past couple of weeks has been catching and releasing 5-10 drum a day. Boats like Free Agent with Captain Rick Caton has caught up to 25 bull drum weighing up to 42 pounds a piece!

Bluefish catches on Hatteras Island has been in the blitz mode on and off for about a week. The largest I’ve heard about has been in the 8 pound range.

At the time of this writing we haven’t had a mullet blow yet. This a term used primarily in the Cape Lookout area to describe the season’s first strong, cool northerly wind. This wind helps to blow bait fish out of the sounds, bays, creeks and rivers. A mullet blow pushes out menhaden, shrimp and of course mullet out of the inlets and onto the beaches and inshore areas. Larger, attack fish move in close to dine on all of this bait. Soon king mackerel catches from the piers and inshore boats will really take off. In the meanwhile Spanish mackerel catches have been great along the beaches.

Blackfin tuna and wahoo and been very good offshore at places like the 90 foot drop on out to the Big Rock. White marlin catch and releases continue for the outer banks boats but has slow down to a dull roar.

The question that is yet to be answered is how the speckled trout bite will be this fall. Traditionally this last quarter of the year is the best time for large trout. But last winter we had a hard freeze mixed with fresh water conditions that killed thousands of speckled trout. So let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that the speckled trout stocks in our estuarine system didn’t get reduced much.

Great fishing has been going on and it hasn’t even cooled down yet. Temperatures remain in the 80’s with light winds. All we need is a good mullet blow and air temperatures to drop for a few days to turn on the fall bite!
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:49 PM
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