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I haven't been on the water in a few days as I took my boys on a vacation. We were catching nice flounder, reds and black drum before I left. We normally don't get a front like this until mid to late August.
Truthfully we have learned not to give our opinion on questions regarding Bluefin as the rules are so ambiguous and nebulous and subject to interpretation by the Marine Fisheries folks that I suggest you contact them direct.
It's a simple question and a simple answer, but like I said, I have learned not to speak for them. The inshore captains have been in and out of town chasing other critters. Live shrimp floated under a cork will find the bite and soft plastics in white or chartreuse color patterns will work trolled slowly or jigged near any structure like creek mouths, end of docks, and along scattered oyster bottoms.
It was off the chain in June, but has pretty much disappeared altogether since July. Shallotte Inlet around the docks and sea wall at Inlet View bar and grill has been producing as of late.
However, the weather is making each and every day a little different causing the fishing to be a bit tricky. Jacob Frick Mother Nature has given us a magnificent blessing with a cold front in the middle of the summer.
Tide wise, when would be the best time to go if i'm looking for black drim?
I remember that Captin Jacob scheduled our charter for a specifc time because of the action of the tide.
Best time is when tide is leaving the grass and you can throw net along edge of grass/bank[without throwing into the grass].
You can also find them in deeper holes in the creeks or along intercostal as water leaves the grass.
Thanks Stephen, Last there hours of falling tide and first three hours of rising tide has always been the best tide to target most all species.
Low tide concentrates the bait in the deeper water and the predators often follow.
Haven't heard much talk about Spadefish lately as the King bite has been so good , that is where the fishing focus is.