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Emerald Isle Charter Fishing Report: May 2018

May is a great month for fishing in Eastern North Carolina! The water temps are rising quickly. This allows the baitfish, crabs, and shrimp to start growing and flourishing in the backwaters. Once the bait is everywhere, the fish are sure to be getting turned up as well.

Our redfishing is on fire in May. Bigger schools of reds are breaking into smaller pods and feeding more aggressively. It's a great time to target reds on soft plastics and topwater plugs. When they are more finiky to bite we will switch over to live baits. Some flounder will be mixed in with the occasional keeper as well.

There are black drum showing up around bridges and oyster bars and can be caught on cut shrimp. Some patience and lots of bait to fight through the small baitstealers can help deck some of these fish. The tasty drum offer a good fight and are often schooled up and hungry in May.

May is also a great time to catch sheepshead. These fish will also be around the piling structure but will be more likely to take a crab than the black drum. Make sure that drag is tight so they don't break you off on the pilings! One of my favorite eating fish for sure!

The bite on the reefs 3-15 miles offshore is always good in May. We have big spanish mackerel showing up with a few early kings mixed in. We'll troll live baits for these fish for exciting strikes and hookups. Flounder will be starting to show up on these reefs when we drop and jig some bucktails. Amberjack are schooling on the reefs this month and can be caught on live baits and artificials when they are chewing good. Cobia will be working bait schools along the beaches and we will be searching on sunny days to sight cast to some of these big critters! Offshore bottom fishing is excellent this month as well, with grouper, seabass, triggerfish, and more waiting to tug the line.

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