Nearshore Fishing


It seems as if spring has finally sprung here in Wilmington! A couple weeks of warm whether has got everybody itching to get on the water, and with good reason! Our nearshore fishery is starting to pick back up as water temperatures on the beachfront are creeping back into the upper 50’s. With these warmer temperatures, reports of better fishing are becoming more prevalent. On the beachfront there have still been a few virginia mullet around which are a blast to catch and great table fare. We’re targeting them on mainly shrimp or sandfleas, but just because you’re after a mullet doesn’t mean you won’t get bites from other fish as well! Fishing a Hi-Lo rig with one of those two baits on it opens the door to catching numerous other fish such as pufferfish, drum, flounder, and much more! A Hi-Lo rig is a great way to fish with the kids or someone who just wants to catch fish. This time of year is perfect for it as well with fish around the pier and on the beach becoming more active and in better numbers it’s a great option to get a bite. Bluefish are also starting to make their way back closer to the beachfront, throwing casting spoons is the way we have been targeting them and it seems to be working! A Big Nic Spanish candy in the ¾ ounce size in pink or silver color seems to be the best option. As things continue to warm up don’t be surprised when you begin to catch a couple Spanish mackerel and Atlantic Bonito with the same tactics!

Moving further off the beach we’re still getting reports of king mackerel and false albacore in the 20-30 mile range. They tend to start moving back to the beach as well as the water warms back up. But for now we’ve been consistently seeing them in this range over live bottom areas. Dead cigar minnows or drone spoons have been the two best options when trying to catch the King Mackerels due to the absence of live bait this time of year. We’re fully stocked here at the shop on both of those types of rigs for King Mackerel fishing. Bluewater Candy also makes a dead bait cigar minnow rig tailored specifically for Mackerel fishing, with that rig we tend to like one with a blue and white skirt or pink and white. As for the drone spoon fishing we’ve been having good success with a #4 or #6 planar and a white drone spoon. Be sure to stop by the shop and we’ll get you fully rigged up on what’s been working best for the King Mackerels. Lastly don’t forget to do a little bottom fishing if the trolling isn’t paying off. Bottom fishing has been productive lately for the black sea bass, b-liners, and groupers. All of these bottom dwellers can be caught on dead cigar minnows or squid and a single or double hook bottom rig. Again, we’re fully stocked on all the items and tackle you need whether you’re after the groupers, king mackerel, or Virginia Mullet!

With the warmer months to come Intracoastal Angler is fully stocked with all your springtime fishing apparel! Having the right gear to be out on the water all day is essential, especially this time of year where the mornings can be chilly but by noon it’s up to 80 degrees. We’ve just received all our springtime apparel from Free Fly, Sims, Pelagic, Aftco, and many others so be sure to stop by and check out our new lineup. We are also heavily stocked in Xtra-Tuff boots in all sizes and colors, just in case that springtime shower catches you out on the water. Whether your needs are tackle, apparel, or both Intracoastal Angler is sure to have you covered!

Tight lines to everybody and we’ll see you on the water!