August is always one of those months when you're never really sure what to expect as far as the fishing goes. Some years, the hot water temperatures make the fishing a little scrappy, but other years we are pleasantly surprised with good fishing. So far, this August has been one of the "other" years, and we have continued to have consistent fishing throughout the month. Of course we have not been without a slow trip or two, but overall we have seen good action on most trips, with plenty of quality fish in the mix.
Our flounder fishing continues to be quite good throughout the Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach areas. We have been finding not only good numbers of fish, but quite a few nice keepers as well. Hopefully this type of action will continue as long as we don't have some type of weather that stirs up our water. We have also been picking away at the redfish quite consistently, and finding a few black drum mixed in on many of the same spots as well. Most of the reds have continued to be slot size, with a few undersize pups beginning to show up, and a few over slot specimens still around as well. We also had one day this past week that we managed to find a nice school of trout and ended up with a really nice catch of them. Unfortunately, we returned to the same area the next day to find that the bulk of them had moved on, but in the end it was still nice to find a good size school this time of year, and proves that you never know what you might find during a day of fishing.
We have pretty much reached the end of the summer vacation season, with Labor Day weekend looming as the last really busy weekend on Ocean Isle and Sunset Beaches. That being said, I still have plenty of openings available from now until the end of fall, so give me a call if you're in town, or are going to be in town, and would like to do some inshore fishing! Be sure to check out some of last week's catches below!