The Thanksgiving holiday is usually the last celebration for most vacation homeowners in the Brunswick Islands. After this last celebration, many will winterize their homes and will return just before the Easter holiday to get things back up and running again. Just because everyone leaves does not mean that the fishing stops. The fishing can see some really good days for those willing to deal with the cooler temperatures. Speckled trout and redfish are the two prime targets through the winter months.
Brunswick County has endured a few days of bone-chilling temperatures in the past week. Northeast winds swept across our area on Friday, Nov. 14, yet the fish continue to bite. From the beach to the Gulf Stream, the fish are feeding.
The clear, cold shallow water looked more like a two-way mirror than the hot, dirty water we have seen most of this year. The last few live mullet rested in the live well before receiving their last assignment for the year. The conditions were perfect as we made our last few adjustments with the trolling motor and then allowing the wind to slide us closer to the redfish.
November is the month that speckled trout are most abundant and usually willing to bite on most days. A backwater school was scheduled last weekend that emphasized targeting trout with soft plastics. The Ocean Isle Fishing Center offers all sorts of classes throughout the year to help anglers hone their fishing skills to target their desired species. Please visit www.oifc.comto see all the fishing schools the center has to offer.
The North Carolina Oyster Festival was this past weekend at Ocean Isle Beach. The Oyster Festival is the last big event that brings a crowd to our beach. The beach-going foot traffic will steadily decline from this point. The waterways have been quiet throughout the week, but the weekends have been super busy. The weather finally is making a turn to fall conditions with cool nights and north winds. The bull redfish run should continue for at least another week and then the speckled trout bite should be active.