Well folks, Memorial Day weekend in now behind us and we're off and running into the month of June, which means that the summer vacation season is officially getting underway. This also means that Ocean Isle and Sunset Beaches are coming to life and getting very busy, both on and off the water. We've already experienced some unseasonably warm days, which have been tough on me, but thankfully the fish didn't seem to mind a bit. We have a bit of a cool down coming this week so hopefully the fish will continue to bite and it will be more comfortable for us fishermen as well.
As is usually the case this time of year, we've been finding a bit of action from all of our target species lately. The speckled trout are still making up a good portion of our catches, and while we are still having to weed through a few small ones here and there, their average size has been quite nice, with a good many 2-3 pounders, along with a few larger ones mixed in throughout the area. The flounder fishing also seems to be improving as well, both in numbers and size. While weeding through undersize fish is usually an everyday part of flounder fishing, there have been quite a few nice keepers being caught, and even a few 5+ pound doormats as well. We have continued to find a few redfish and black drum in many of their normal haunts. Most of the reds and blacks have been nice slot size fish, with a few unders and a even a few over-slot fish mixed in. While some trips recently have certainly produced more than others, I still can't complain very much about the quality of our inshore fishing lately. I can only hope that it keeps going for as long as possible.
Open dates in June are beginning to become very limited, so do not hesitate to give me a call about planning an inshore fishing trip during your upcoming vacation. I'm also beginning to fill of some days during July as well, so please don't feel like its too early to get a trip booked in July, especially if you have a certain date already in mind.
Be sure to check out some of our recent catches below!