October is finally upon us, which means that the best inshore fishing of the year is about to happen in the Ocean Isle area. The air and water have actually warmed up a bit over the past few days, but it looks like we will be cooling back off in the coming week and hopefully staying that way. The redfish bite has continued to be good throughout the area, both in the backwater creeks and around the Little River Inlet jetties. The big bull reds bit quite well several times last week, however every time I had a trip, it was on one of the off days for the bull reds. This is typical for the big boys to bite one day and not the next, so you just have to keep grinding away until you land on them. We did manage to find some bites from some "mid-size" reds in the 30 inch range to give us some action however. The trout have continued to bite fairly well also, as we have been able to pick away at a few on most every trip. The trout fishing should really take off in the next couple of weeks as the water cools down, which I'm certainly looking forward too! The trout have begun to bite artificial lures consistently, and of course have been eating live shrimp when we could get them. The flounder fishing has been good recently as well, with both the backwaters and the nearshore wrecks/reefs producing some nice fish. My dad and I spent a day this past week on a flounder mission and were rewarded with a pair of doormats weighing 5 and 7 pounds! See the photo below, along with the photos of some of our other recent catches. The best fishing of year is now, so its time to plan your fall fishing trip! I have a very limited number of weekend slots left available over the next 2 months, but plenty of openings during the week.