Guide Report: Summer fishing Wrightsville Beach & Oriental NC

Well, its been long over due for an updated post so here we go. The fishing out of wrightsville beach thus far has been fun. We are targeting spanish mackerel, seabass, flounder, drum and sheepshead primarily. When the weather allows we have pushed off the beach and the king mackerel have been numerous in the 10- 25 mile range with a few nice mahi in the mix. Lots of life just off the beach, birds working, porpoises (dolphins), plenty of bait… its good to see. Most of the inshore species we are catching with clients are falling for carolina rigged finger mullet… hard to beat this time of year for multiple species. Black drum and sheepshead are being caught on fiddler crabs its easy to fill up a bucket at low tide, then head to the bridges and pilings for a good time. Nearshore out to 30 miles the kings we are catching have come off drone spoons fished behind a #3 planer on a fairly stiff rod. This works well while still pulling ballyhoo up top for the mahi and sailfish opportunity.

Oriental NC

Trout have been the story over the past months. Thank god for them because the slot drum have not been prevalent. We have had a few good days on the drum but overall their just not around in the normal numbers that we typically see. With that said, the trout fishing has really been a blast. Early morning topwater, then switching to popping corks fished with a DOA shrimp underneath… and if the wind picks up well transition to live bait and typically pull our better fish on the live bait. Flounder are around, artificials fished straight to a jighead and bouncing off the bottom is most productive. It wont be long now when we start transitioning over to old drum… and were chomping at the bit for it.

Thanks friends, and if you have any questions feel free to give me a ring, ill be happy to help any way possible

Capt. Jennings Rose IV