With water temperatures starting to cool off here in Wrightsville Beach the fishing has still been consistent! Pier fishing for Virginia Mullet and Spots has been on fire.
We recommend using a Hi-Lo rig when targeting these tasty critters, this is a really effective way to fish multiple baits and fill up the frying pan that much quicker! As far as bait for your Hi-Lo rig, Fishbites make a variety of different artificial strip baits that work great.
These durable low mess baits allow you to get all of the scent and taste of natural bait without the hassle and cleanup. Stop by the shop anytime and ask one of the guys about Fishbites, you won't regret it!
Moving offshore in the 10-20 mile range we're still seeing some reports of King Mackerel and False Albacore on the troll. With live bait getting scarce in the colder water, picking up a box of cigar minnows from the shop is a great way to target King Mackerels. Cigar Minnows are simple to use and easy to rig, all you need is one of Blue Water Candy's dead bait rigs from the shop and you'll be good to go.
Feel free to come see us and we'll give you the whole run-down on how to fish them and what colors have been working best! You tend to see the King Mackerels moving further and further offshore this time of year especially as it begins to stay cold. This means areas like the 23 mile rock, or the Schoolhouse can be really productive.
Also don't forget to keep an eye out for a giant bluefin tuna! They're beginning to start their trip south down the beach and a few lucky anglers will get to see them as they pass by our coast. If trolling isn't your thing, the bottom fishing can also be really productive in the colder months, gag groupers begin to push inshore of 20 miles and can make for a great nearshore adventure.
Live bottom where you would king mackerel fish in the summer can become grouper hangouts in the fall and winter. Cigar minnows double for catching the groupers as well, so if you get bored of trolling cigar minnows, just drop one to the bottom!
With all these exciting different fisheries happening around the beach it makes it hard not to want to get out there everyday! Before your next trip stop by the shop and have a chat with us. We're constantly getting real time updates on where the fish are and what they're biting, so come on by we'll get you geared up and point you in the right direction!
Last but not least, you've got to stay warm out there on those chilly mornings in the fall and winter, come by and get geared up with some Intracoastal Angler apparel to stay warm. We're fully stocked with new IA hoodies and flannel shirts to keep the chill off and look good while doing it! We also have a massive selection of Grundens foul weather gear and XtraTuf boots.
Stay tuned for more reports as we move into the winter time fishery here in Wrightsville Beach, we'll see you on the water!