Call or Email 910-840-7186

Ocean Isle & Sunset Beach Fishing report

October Update!

Posted on 10/23/2019

I have finally found a few free minutes to sit down behind my computer and put together a fishing report for everyone.  It has fortunately been an extremely busy October, and I've only had a couple of days off since the beginning of the month.  Our weather has been all over the place, from record heat at the beginning of the month, to a significant cool down, to another warm up, to the remnants of a tropical storm, we have seen a bit of it all.  Fishing through this constantly changing weather has certainly been a challenge, as very few days have been the same.  We have had to adapt to the conditions each day and hope the fish followed suit.  I will say up front that I feel like that the fishing has been a bit harder than it ought to be so far this fall, but despite having some slow days, we have been able to find some nice fish throughout the month.

Our bull redfish were extremely hit and miss this year, with them biting well for a day or two then barely biting at all for the next 5.  We have been able to find some nice ones though, but unfortunately I feel like that our bull run is probably over for 2019.  We have continued to find some smaller reds, from 15" pups up to some nice 30" class fish in the backwaters however.

We have stumbled upon some really nice flounder up to 5+lbs this month while looking for reds, which were a real heartbreak to have to release, but hopefully doing so will ensure that there are even more of those nice ones in the future.

Our speckled trout fishing has finally started to come around over the past week or so, and while we aren't seeing big concentrations of fish yet, they are beginning to school up, and so far most of the fish have been nice ones in the 1.5 - 3lb. range.  This is very encouraging for November, as hopefully we will have some quality trout around to play with this year and not have to wade through dozens of 12 inchers like we have to some years.

The trout fishing will be be the name of the game from now through the end of the season, and of course there should be some opportunities to find some black drum and reds along the way as well.  Everything is shaping up for what will hopefully be a good November of inshore fishing.  I still have some availability in November, so give me a call if your would like to go chase a spcekled trout sometime next month.

I have taken a lot of photos so far this month, so check them out below!

-Capt. Kyle