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Emerald Isle Charter Fishing Report: Winter

Winter is here, but there is still good inshore fishing to be had in Eastern NC. Water temps in the sound are reaching 50 degrees and driving trout, redfish, and black drum into their winter hiding spots. Nearshore fishing in the ocean for false albacore, sea bass, and other bottom fish should be wide open the next two months as well.

Our redfishing is hot in the Winter as these fish really start to school up in the marshes and in the surf. Mostly we will be fishing with soft plastics and live or cut baits for the reds. Our water is very clear in the shallows in the winter and makes for an exciting time chasing reds. There are often black drum mixed in with the reds across the flats and can be caught on cut shrimp.

Black drum will be showing up good in the creeks as well. These schooling fish inhabit the various dock and oyster structures in these inland creeks. The tasty drum offer a good fight and are often schooled up and hungry in the winter.

Speckled trout in the sound will be plentiful but on the small side. Way up area creeks and brackish rivers is where we will find the larger specks. Fishing with slow sinking artificials and live minnow will be the ticket to action with these fish.

Offshore bottom fishing and jigging is a great time in the winter if you can get the right day. Some of the greatest variety of offshore reef fishes collect in the 30-40 mile range this time of year, and full day offshore trips will be available all winter.

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