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Emerald Isle Charter Fishing Report: Spring

Sping Fishing is heating up in Eastern NC. Water temps in the sound are reaching 80 degrees early this season and its bringing on a great bite. Inshore fishing for redfish, flounder, black drum, sheepshead, chopper blues, and grey trout is the plan for May and June. Nearshore fishing in the ocean for cobia, mackerel, amberjack, sea bass, and flounder should be wide open the next two months as well.

Our redfishing is hot in the Spring as these schooled up fish get more agressive and begin to feed on finger mullets in the marsh. This time of year is great for the topwater bite, and live mullets get the job done as well. There are some flounder mixed in with the reds across the flats and can be caught on soft plastics and live baits.

Grey trout, bluefish, and sea mullets are mixed in the deeper channels inshore. We are catching them on jigs and bottom rigs. A few speckled trout are scattered around the sound as well in the spring. Black drum will be showing up good in May and June. These schooling fish inhabit the various dock and oyster structures in these same inland creeks. The tasty drum offer a good fight and are often schooled up and hungry in the spring. Sheepshead will also be around piling stucture ready to give us a great fight and some tasty fillets. We will be fishing crabs and shrimp for the convicts.

Nearshore action will be hot in the ocean for spanish mackerel, bonita, cobia, and more. We will be hunting bait balls near the beach for cobia opportunities. The nearshore reefs will hold some big spanish mackerel and we will be live baiting these fish with menhaden. In addition to the surface action, bottom fishing the nearshore reefs can produce black sea bass and flounder.

Offshore bottom fishing and jigging is a great time in the spring 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 spring. The Mahi fishing is hot this time of year as welll.

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