How To - Inshore
INSHORE FISHING for Flounder, Trout, Redfish and such.....
At the Ocean Isle Fishing Center it is our goal to help you catch more fish. We pride ourselves on working with the area's best captains and having the most knowledgeable staff. However, it is one thing to know, it is another thing to tell, and that is where the OIFC comes in. See the below articles, videos and links that will hopefully help you have more success fishing the inshore waters.
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|Catching Live Bait|
|Clear Cold Water Redfish|
|Spring Flounder Fishing|
|Targeting Speckled Trout using artificials|
Catching Live Bait
Catching live mullet minnows in early spring can produce some nice flounder and reds. The video gives you a great visual on how I am catching live bait. Dead low tide is the best time early in the year to go hunting for bait.
Some more tips: I am throwing a 6 foot 3/8" mesh tyzac cast net....a 5 foot 3/8" mesh will be much easier for beginners...as you can see in the video I keep my bait in 5 gallon buckets that I have drilled holes in for overnight storage(must have access to waterfront)...often I will get my bait the day before or night before a trip, especially in the spring...once summer arrives bait will be readily available during all tide levels. A trolling motor is a great tool to have to sneak up on the bait. You can park your boat and walk down the bank as well. Stay low and put on a stalk! Good luck! See ya on the water!
Clear Cold Water Redfish
by Capt. Jacob Frick
Come join me on the Tiberias for your next fishing adventure!
I don't know if you can classify myself as having a lot of success? I fish a lot and enjoy some success when the fish allow it. The redfish this time of year (Dec. thru Feb.) are very spooky! Usually by the time you see them, they already know you are there. One of my usual tricks is locating them one day and going back later keeping my distance. I make long cast up current from the area I have spotted fish recently, letting the current tumble the bait to them. Even the splashing of a light jighead will spook them at times. It all depends on the mood of the fish on a particular day. A few tips that may help out in the future.
Spring Flounder Fishing
Spring Flounder Fishing
by Capt. Stan Gurganus
The front had passed and the winds had diminished as I watched the weather channel before my departure. I saw the big H symbolizing a high pressure system had settled over
As we idled out of the slip at the
This kind of flounder action is typical while fishing the waters surrounding the
When the water temperature gets up to around 65 to 68 degrees, or, as the old timers say, when the dogwood trees begin their annual bloom, it is time to dust off the old fishing rods. This usually happens around the second week of April.
In the pursuit of these tasty little flatfish, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration. Mainly, where am I going fishing and what am I going to use for bait? As far as where to fish, this changes throughout the year as the water temperature rises and falls. During the spring bite, we like to fish in the back of creeks in deep holes. Sometimes, a hole can be very dramatic with depths falling from two to four feet and even fifteen to eighteen feet. Other holes are small one to two foot depressions on the bottom. Both can be very big producers. These holes are easily marked with any fish finder.
Now that we have found our hole, what do we use for bait? Springtime baits are usually mud minnows or tiger minnows. Mud minnows are available at most marinas, but, tiger minnows you have to catch yourself with a three or four foot cast net. The easiest time to catch minnows is at low tide while walking around the edge of sand bars. As you are walking, keep a watchful eye on the water in front of you and when you see a small school of five to ten minnows, throw your net on top of them. These are most likely tiger minnows. You will know by their tiger-like stripes running down their bodies.
Now that we have our location and our bait, it is time to start fishing. The most efficient way I have found to fish these holes is to anchor the boat down current of the hole and throw my bait back into the hole. Once the bait is in the water, let it sink for a few seconds until it reaches the bottom. Then, begin slowly retrieving the bait across the bottom. Once you feel the flounder bite, do not immediately set the hook. The way a flounder's mouth is situated sideways on his head causes him to take a few seconds to get the bait and hook inside. A good rule of thumb is, once you feel the bite, give him a ten second count before the hook set.
Another productive springtime technique is to drift or troll your bait. This method requires you to set out two or three lines behind your boat at varying distances and simply drift along with the tide. As you are drifting, your bait will bounce along the bottom. As this occurs, you rod tips will be bending and snapping back up regularly. For the novice, this looks to be a fish bite. But, when a flounder actually bites, while drifting, the rod will bend deeply and come back up very slowly. It almost appears that you have snagged a piece of grass or some weeds. When you feel like you have a flounder on your hook while drifting or trolling, it is best you put your reel into a free spool, as not to allow the fish to feel any pressure. Leave the reel in free spool for about five counts, then, return the reel to gear. As the line comes tight again, set your hook and reel him in. Once you get the fish boat side, place the landing net in a stationary position and steer the fish into it.
Springtime Flounder fishing is often fast and furious. As the Flounder move into the inlets from offshore, they are hungry and more than willing to take a bait presented in the right location. And as has been mentioned by Capt. Brant in the past, its all about location, location, location. One other note about Sprint Flounder fishing is that the majority of the Flounder you will encounter through April and early May will be less than the minimum legal size of 14 inches. Be sure to have a ruler on the boat to measure your catch. And finally, as I’ve mentioned, Spring Flounder fishing can be very productive. However, please only keep what you can eat in a reasonable amount of time and save the others for future fishermen.
Targeting Speckled Trout using artificials
Capt. Jacob Frick- Tiberas charters- OIFC
Targeting speckled trout? You said you have had lots of success using the gulp shrimp on a jighead, but catching other species as well. That is why I enjoy using artificials. It is not uncommon to pick up flounder and red drum trying to target trout. Trout, from my experience seem to be the most tempermental of all the inshore species. One day they are there, next gone. One day extremely aggressive, next barely pick up the bait. Couple of things that may help. Remember, red drum and flounder are primarily bottom feeders. Red drum are use to grubbing or rooting up the bottom looking for crabs, shrimp, or scaring minnows out of the oyster shells. Flounder usually lay completely still and ambush minnows that get too close. If you drag the bait or short hop it is when red drum and flounder will get the bait. Getting a bait to fall slowly and suspend just a few feet off the bottom will usually pick up mostly trout as they tend to feed upwards. Look closely at your fish when you catch them next time. Red drum have eyes in the middle of the head and mouths are pointed downward. Flounder of course are flat and lay on the bottom. Trout have eyes positioned close to the top of the head pointed upwards and their mouths look like a largemouth bass or tarpon's. When trout get aggressive they will often fall for a topwater bait. They are designed for it.