December 7, 2018

Spectacular Speckled Trout!

Speckled Trout/Flounder October-Novemer 2018

Big Hewlett Trout

Summary:

Avoid the high seas and get into some great fish in the back creeks around Wrightsville Beach. One of our favorite fisheries, fall trout and flounder can be fit in before/after work for an hour or two in 3 feet or less of water! Sight cast for topwater Speckled Trout and Red Drum in the morning or bounce bait along the bottom for some delicious Flounder. This is a great way to introduce young kids to fishing and boating in the fall once the tourist season winds down and the ICW traffic calms down.

Kay Lambert Flounder

Location:

While most of the creeks and docks on and around the ICW will hold fish, our favorite is Hewlett Creek. This can be a difficult area to learn but is well worth the effort.

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All of the docks and deep fingers produce Red and Black Drum, Trout and Flounder. The first line of docks and the south side of the main split are historically good places to start. ALWAYS know what the tide is doing as it is easy to get stuck on an outgoing tide. If possible, use the current to your advantage and drift fish to cover more territory. As always, keep moving until you find t

Masonboro Jetty can also be a great place to target big over slot reds and keeper flounder on bottom rigs. The Bluefish will also come in thick this time of year and are always fun if the Trout and Flounder bite is slow.

Gear/Bait:

Break out the light spinning tackle for this one. Medium action combos with 20 lb braided line are great for all target species. 3-4 ft of flourocarbon leader is always a good idea, especially as the water cools and visibility improves. If you were to take just one bait, you can’t go wrong with Gulp Shrimp. Pearl white, new penny and molting are all great color choices. Swimming mullet and jerk shad are also effective but shrimp are preferred for their durability and ability to catch all varieties using the same technique. Simply rig the shrimp on a 1/8oz – 1/2oz jig head depending on conditions, and work the bait slowly along the bottom the same way you would Largemouth Bass fish with plastic worms. Other good lure options are mirrolures, yozuris and popping corks rigged with the soft plastic of your choice.