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Emerald Isle, NC and Cudjoe Key, FL Charter Fishing Report: February/March

Early Spring is a great time to get out on the water in Eastern North Carolina. The redfish bite is great this time of year. Water conditions are still clear, and most of our redfish schools have moved out of the surf zone and into the marshes. We are often able to sightfish these schools in the backwaters and numbers tend to be good while the fish are still schooled up. Small soft plastic offerings are what we will be throwing to these fish. Topwater plugs can be used when they are very agressive, and cut or live bait is the choice for more picky or pressured fish. Black drum are also plentiful this month. Cut shrimp fished around dock, bridges, or oyster bars will be the best method. Some sheepshead and speckled trout will be around as well during this time. We also have a short run of Giant Bluefish in our backwaters when they come in to the flats to spawn in March. Nearshore fishing will be hot for grey trout, seabass, and bonito and we will be chasing them on the reefs when the ocean is calm. Expect some mackerel to show up in late March as well.


The fishing in the Florida Keys is always Hot! We will be chasing Bonefish, Barracuda, and Permit on the clear shallow flats. The Tarpon bite really starts to fire off this time of year. The fish are working in the channels mostly, and will take live bait offerings almost exclusively during the early Spring. Smaller tarpon are working the bridges most nights and are a blast to catch under the moonlight especially in February. There are several species of delicious snapper from the backwater creeks out to the reefs that are waiting to fill the freezer. Big jacks, sharks, and goliath grouper are always around to distract you as well. Day and night trips will be available for all of February and March.


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