As I'm sure everyone is aware of, Hurricane Dorain blew through our area yesterday, but thankfully, it looks like both Ocean Isle and Sunset Beaches came through the storm in good shape, with very minimal damage. However, our inshore waters are obviously quite stirred up from the rough ocean the past few days as well as from rainfall, so we will certainly need a few days for our water to clean up before we get back to chasing inshore critters.
Prior to the storm, we were still picking away at the redfish fairly steadily, and hopefully this action will return soon after our water cleans up. Most of the fish we have been catching have been in the 20 - 30 inch range, with a few 30+ inch fish here and there as well. It hopefully won't be long before a few big bull reds begin to show, as we're less than a month away from what should be the peak of their fall run.
I honestly haven't spent a ton of time trout fishing recently, but I feel like I'm going to start doing so again very soon, as we will typically see a few trout begin to school up starting in late September.
We were also catching a few nice flounder prior to the storm as well, but as I'm sure most of you know at this point, NCDMF has voted to close the flounder fishery effective September 4th. This means we will be unable to keep a flounder until likely mid - August of 2020, when a short season will be opened. This is certainly going to be a frustrating change to have to endure starting this fall and into next summer, but endure it we must.
As far as fall dates go, I still have plenty open, BUT, the prime weekend dates are already starting to get full, so please don't wait until its to late to give me a call and get a fall fishing trip booked.
Check out a few of our recent catches below!