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Emerald Isle Charter Fishing Report: Winter 2018/19

Winter is bringing some chilly air to Eastern North Carolina, but a hot bite can be found most days despite the tough weather. It's always fun to get out and break up the bleak winter with a fishing trip!

The redfish will be available all winter long. Schools can be found in the surf, on the mudflats, and in the creeks. In the surf we will be looking on nice, calm days for schools in the backs of the breaking waves along the beach and in the clear waters around the inlets. Sight casting lures and cut bait to these schools can be a real thrill! The reds that are inshore on the mudflats will be slowly prowling the bottom and will take small artificials and flies. We'll be sneaking around the shallows looking for these fish until late Spring. The redfish up in the creeks will be mixed with black drum taking cover around both natural and manmade structure. Live and cut bait on the bottom will get us bites through the whole winter.

Speckled trout will be hiding out in the creeks and rivers through the winter as well. We will be fishing these with small lures and live minnows. Trout and Redfish will also be around area jetties ready to pounce on a scented bait or a piece of shrimp. Just off the jetties and other nearshore stuctures we will be chasing false albacore with flies and artificials. These surface feeding fish are a fast and furious fight on light tackle!

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

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