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Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Report: Happy New Year!

Posted on 01/02/2019

First off, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a great Christmas and were able to relax and enjoy the holidays.  Even though the calender says its technically winter, we haven't had much winter weather at all, which has put a damper on my duck hunting, but has kept the fish biting quite well.

The trout have backed into many of their normal wintering areas, and have continued to bite fairly steadily. Catching a big number of them during a day of fishing has still been achievable, although most of them continue to be on the small side.  However, there are some areas that have been producing few better quality fish.  It seems like the key has been to cover ground and keep looking for those small groups of bigger fish.  The redfish have also begun to school up and move into the shallow backwaters for the winter.  As is normal, the reds aren't always easy to get to or get close to when they're schooled up in these areas, but it is certainly fun to catch them this way when they do cooperate.  Also, although I haven't spent much time looking for them recently, I'm sure there are some black drum around to be caught as well if someone was to put in a little time looking for them.

As long as the weather remains warm, we should have some cooperative fish to play with, so if you’re going to be in town and want to give it a shot, give me a call.  Also, I'm already booking dates for the summer and even fall of 2019, so keep that in mind as you plan your vacations for this year.  In the meantime, I'll either be in the boat shed grinding or laying fiberglass, or hopefully in a duck blind if we ever get some weather.  Sorry for no pictures this go-round.  I will be back on the water in a couple of days and will hopefully have a few then.

-Capt. Kyle