GREAT fishing on the Crystal Coast all Year!

You can fish just about all year on the Crystal Coast.  We are lucky to normally have mild winters and due to the Gulf Stream, the water temperature is mild enough that there is great fishing almost every month of the year. Of course, some months are better than others, depending on the type of fish you want to catch.  To help you plan your charter, you might consider reading the following descriptions of what is biting when...


March - Depending on the weather (early or late Spring), albacore and blue fish begin to arrive with the bait fish.  The blue fish usually have good size by the end of this March. Along with "alberts" and blues, puppy drum start to get active, feeding along area beaches and around structures and oyster rocks where bait fish tend to congregate.

April - With the start of April, Spring is in full swing and so is the fishing!  Cobia is the name of the game in April as they start to move in from the South, mainly caught on the bottom.  These fish can be caught top water also.  These fish range anywhere from around 25 to 85 pounds and are a blast to catch!  Along with cobia come more blue fish, red drum and scattered flounder as they move in from offshore.

May - The month of May brings red hot cobia fishing (this is when most of the big cobia are caught).  Big blues are caught while fishing for cobia.  Spanish Mackeral and King Mackeral start to show up now and flounder are now in the rocks and offshore waters.  Near shore, wrecks and rock piles are showing good bottom fish. 


June, July and August - Usually around the first two weeks in June is about the end of the cobia run.  Now is the best action for Spanish and King Mackeral (live bait and trolling).  Blues and flounder are near shore and reefs are producing good amberjacks and reef fish, B-lines, grouper, and black bass.  This pretty much runs the same throughout the summer through August.

 A very special treat for the light tackle angler is catching lady fish at night.  These fish are known as poor man's tarpon, and for those of you who have ever seen tarpon run and dance, this is the next best thing.  They put on quite a show running and dancing all over the water when they are caught.  This is a fly fishing and light tackle dream fish!  They are very active and fun to catch and are biting at night all summer long!  If you haven't tried it, you need to check this out!!


September - As September comes in, the water starts to cool down and the fishing really starts to heat up.  during this time of year, everything is biting - drum, spanish mackeral, king mackeral, big blues, and big flounder.  Toward the end of September, the albacore start to show up, especially at/around Cape Lookout shoals.

October - Early October brings in the grey trout (weak fish) to the area beaches, rock jetties and sounds (marshes, etc.).  Speckled trout start to show near the end of October.  Fall albacore season is in full swing with alberts taking over from Emerald Isle to Cape Lookout.  This is some of the hottest light tackle fishing around!!

November - November is best known for speckled trout (3-7 lb range), as well as fall alberts.  It doesn't get any better than this!  Scattered red drum and flounder can also be found on the outside beaches.


December -  The last month of the year brings good puppy drum and black drum fishing along outer island beaches and slews as well as some big speckled trout.  Live shrimp can just about guarantee a good catch.

January - January usually brings lots of bait to the Cape Lookout Shoals area and with it come stripers (rock fish) and red drum school along the Outer Banks.  Speckled trout show up at the rock jetties and along the beaches.  This fishing usually lasts into the first week of February.  Most, if not all, winter fishing in the Cape Lookout area needs to have good weather.  Temperatures in the 50's - 60's with light wind works best.

February - Usually this month is reserved for boat repairs and getting ready for the Spring and Summer and attending boat and fishing shows.