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Emerald Isle Charter Fishing Report: Winter 2019

Winter has arrived but it won't keep the fish from coming in the boat on Sandbar Safari! Inshore trips are available all winter long. This wime of year is great for catching good fish at a discount if you can catch a mild and sunny day.

The redfish will be available all winter long. Schools can be found on the mudflats and in the marsh creeks in January and February. As the water temps drop these fish will begin to concentrate into larger and larger schools. Sight casting for these reds is real thrill! We'll be sneaking around the inland creeks as well looking for these fish near docks and other structure with live and cut bait. The redfish up in the mainland creeks and brackish rivers will be mixed with black drum taking cover around both natural and manmade structure. Live shrimp and cut bait on the bottom will get us bites through the whole winter.

Speckled trout will also be hiding out in the creeks and rivers through the winter. We will be fishing these with soft plastic lures and live shrimp. Early mornings with smoke on the water are often when we catch our biggest speckled trout of the season. It's been a great fall for the specks and we should see good trout fishing throughout the cold months.

False albacore are tearing up the surface just outside the inlets in the ocean. We will be chasing the speedsters with casting jigs and flies. Some black bass and sheepshead can be found nearshore prowling the bottom as well.

Offshore trips will be focused on trolling for wahoo, and bottom fishing for snapper, seabass, triggerfish, and more!

Get in on the offseason rates and action this Winter and book a trip with Captain Rob Koraly and Sandbar Safari! Call 252-725-4614 or email