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Hook, Line and Sinker: Local Fishing Report and Photos

Capt John Theodorakis
Theofficial Fishing Charters

From this point on I would consider our season to be in full swing. There is bait everywhere and plenty of fish around to feed on them. Inshore, nearly all the summer species have shown up and can be found readily. From black drum and sheepshead around hard structure to flounder, trout, and redfish feeding around an oyster bar; you can find plenty of action. This past week was the first week of the year that I have ran across reports of anglers actually going out flounder fishing with success in good numbers. Not only did I hear of numbers being caught but size as well. There were several fish in the citation range caught with one being in the seven pound range. These are great quality fish for this point in the season. There are still plenty of speckled trout feeding in the river and seem to be fooled best on submerged soft and hard baits. There are still anglers fired up on the Cobia reports coming from fishing around the bait balls just outside the inlets and breakers. I don’t think the Cobia showed up quite as well this year as they did the last couple but they are still there to be caught. These fish can be fooled on live baits or with a bucktail. Offshore anglers are finding King Mackerel in the five to fifteen mile range. Even further offshore the pelagic species are providing great action. The wahoo fishing has slowed down as we the warmer water has spread out but the Mahi have shown up to fill their place. The Got-em-On live bait club held their annual Disabled Sportsman Tournament at the Kure Beach Pier this past Friday. The event went off without a hitch and with great success. I want to personally thank everyone who played a part in making this event possible. Good luck this coming week and remember, Safety First.
Captain John Theodorakis
Theofficial Fishing Charters

Travis Overman and company with a nice mess of quality flounder caught in the ICW.

Luke Donat with a good Cape Fear River flatfish.

Coery Durako and Richard  Gilligan with a solid third place finish in the opening redfish tournament of the season."