Fishing: King mackerel reign at Frying Pan Tower – StarNewsOnline.com

Warm temperatures also bring out blackfin tuna and drum

The past week saw some nice weather and anglers took advantage of warm temperatures and calm seas. Gulf Stream boats reported catches of wahoo, blackfin tuna and sailfish. Deepwater jigging along the Break produced catches of African pompano, blackfin tuna and amberjacks. The king mackerel has been really good in the 40-mile range and at Frying Pan Tower. Nearshore bottom fishing is producing catches of tautog and black sea bass. Surf fishing is producing catches of small whiting, puffer fish, dog fish and small black drum. Inshore fishing is producing catches of speckled trout, red drum and black drum.

TOPSAIL ISLAND

Joe Johnston reports red drum are being caught in the marshes and on the mud flats. Speckled trout are being caught in the creeks on Z-Man Trout Tricks and Mirrolure MR 17’s. Black drum are being caught in the deep holes along the waterway on fresh shrimp. Source: Eastern Outfitters.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH

Tex Grissom reports inshore fishing is producing catches of red drum along with some speckled trout. Bottom fishing is producing catches of black sea bass. Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of wahoo. Source: Tex’s Tackle.

PLEASURE ISLAND

Captain Lewis Emery reports fishing in the waterway and river is producing some red drum and speckled trout. Surf fishing is producing small whiting, puffer fish, dogfish and small black drum. Nearshore fishing is producing catches of small black bass with an occasional tautog mixed in. King mackerel are being caught in the 40-mile range and at Frying Pan Tower. Gulf Stream fishing slowed down just a little with anglers still reporting catches of wahoo. Source: Island Tackle and Hardware.

OFFSHORE WILMINGTON

Captain Rick Croson reports Gulf Stream fishing is still very good even with the new moon phase. Boats fishing along the Break are reporting catches of wahoo, blackfin tuna and sailfish. Deepwater jigging along the Break is producing catches amberjacks, African pompano and blackfin tuna. The trash fish like hound fish, false albacore and lesser amberjacks were eating the trolled baits really fast over the past week so anglers should take plenty of extra bait and lures. Source: Living Waters Guide Service.

LOWER BRUNSWICK COUNTY

Captain Chris Foster reports inshore fishing is producing catches of speckled trout. Whiting are being caught in the river channel. Bottom fishing is producing catches of vermillion snapper, gray snapper and large black bass. Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of wahoo. Source: Yeah Right Charters, Southport.

Source: https://www.starnewsonline.com/sports/20190214/fishing-king-mackerel-reign-at-frying-pan-tower

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