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Bait & Tackle Reports


Chopper blues, Blackfins and Wahoos
Posted On : 2017-04-15

Due to the beautiful weather we have had this past week, lots of folks were able to get out on the water and see just what was biting.  Many people fishing inshore along the beach and even off the surf are reporting fantastic catches of big chopper bluefish.  These larger bluefish can range from 4-12lb and can be caught on dead bait as well as big spoons or popping plugs.  Usually the larger bluefish show up a little in to the month of May but everybody has been enjoying the early showing. 

I am still getting reports of a few drum and trout being caught in the Newport River.  Capt. Ken Kramer went a few days ago on a fly fishing trip and was able to land a couple drum on a half day trip.  He reported not seeing them schooled up well but was able to cast to a few tailing around the marshes.

Offshore fishing has been fantastic this past week.  Lots of reports of very large Wahoo and large numbers of Blackfin Tuna.  The bite has been back and forth between Swansboro Hole/Rise area and the Big Rock.  A good customer went today and caught a few Wahoo’s before the wind picked up.  He said he was able to find a beautiful weed line near the rise and that’s where he got his wahoo bites.  He also said he started seeing lots of Mahi’s on the weed line around the time the wind picked up, and he head to start heading home. 

Offshore fishing will only continue to improve from this point on.  Mahi’s will start to become more plentiful and be larger in size.  Wahoo’s and Blackfin’s should continue to be caught through the spring season, as we have seen the past couple years.

Pictured is one of Derek's wahoo he caught today.

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