The fall fishing continues to produce excellent results for anglers who are targeting both inshore and offshore species.
With only a week left in the month of October, inshore water temperatures are still holding in the lower 70s, quite warm for this late in the season. However, the warm water and warm air for that matter, will be coming to an abrupt end within the coming days.
Unfortunately, the forecast is calling for wind, meaning little to no offshore action for the foreseeable future and in addition, lows in the 40s with a couple of nights dipping into the 30s, which will no doubt have an effect on the water temperatures and the fishes. But it is, after all, almost November.
Offshore, the Gulf Stream fishing has been great when the conditions allow anglers to get to the blue water. Wahoo, dolphin and even a few sailfish have all been reported the past couple of weeks, with the wahoo fishing being described as some of the best thatís been seen in years. Those looking to bottom fish have found some good grouper fishing in spots between 25 to 30 miles, with triggerfish, hefty black seabass and other assorted bottom dwellers rounding out the mix.
A lot of the action has been really good right around depths of 100 feet or more, with better fishing the deeper you go up to about 120 feet. Fish much shallower than that and you will spend a lot of time encountering the families of sharks that inhabit those depths.
Closer to the beach, the Spanish mackerel fishing is still hanging on with reports of fish still being found along Masonboro Island and areas around Carolina Beach and Oak Island. The near shore wrecks and reefs are holding some good numbers of gray trout (remember the limit is one per person) and some flounder and red drum.
Pier anglers fishing with live bait for king mackerel have had some explosive action lately, with Monday producing nine kings that were caught and anglers the day prior decking four. The staff in the pier house stated that not much else has been happening for the week. Surf anglers have started seeing some good runs of Virginia mullet and a few spots and croakers on fresh shrimp. This fishing should only continue getting better as the weather cools down.
Inshore, the speckled trout fishing has really ramped up lately and will only continue getting better into the month of November and later.
Areas around Richís Inlet and also the lower Cape Fear River have been producing good catches for the past several weeks and now some of those fish are starting to migrate into the Wrightsville Beach waters in decent numbers. Soft baits, namely DOAs and Gulp are the choice baits as they will also elicit interest from red drum and flounder which are being found in the same locations.