Fishing in Wrightsville Beach: What Fish Are Biting and Where to Find Them

In the summer heat, anglers have been heading out early to Wrightsville Beach in search of speckled trout, and when they reach the shipwrecks near the coast they can find gray trout, chickens, flounder, mackerels, kings, ambers and lots of bottom fish to fill the fridge. The direction and speed of the wind are one of the most important aspects of choosing a fishing spot. A sea wind can help land anglers reach longer launch distances, while a landwind will make kayak fishing safer. Fish also move to certain feeding areas depending on the direction of the wind.

The long-term wind forecast can be seen in the graphs below. Atmospheric or barometric pressure also affects fish activity. The best fishing is done with an upward barometer and also with the time just before it falls. A stable barometer at the highest ranges can also mean good fishing.

A low or low barometer reading without major changes is usually not a good time to fish. The UV index also has an effect on fish activity. As a general rule, the higher the UV index, the deeper the fish will move. Shallow water fishing is best done at times with a low UV index.

When UV rays are high, stay in the early hours of the morning, late at night and in shady areas. The effect is less noticeable in deep water, but a higher UV index can often produce good results in deep water. Beaches and bays are ideal locations for land fishing. If the beach is shallow and the water is clear, dusk time is usually the best time, especially when it coincides with a larger or smaller fishing season. Often, the spots on either side of the beach are the best spots.

Or if the beach is large, look for irregularities in the crashing waves, indicating sandbanks and holes. Harbors and harbours can often be productive fishing spots for land-based fishing, as their protected environment attracts a wide variety of bait fish. Like river mouths, port entrances are also great places for fishing, as many fish come and go with rising and falling tides. More Spanish mackerel right next to Wrightsville Beach, kings, mahi mahi, sailboats and much more 10 to 25 miles away. A little inland, in southeastern North Carolina, the Cape Fear River runs and Cape Fear is home to one of my favorite winter fisheries - striped bass. Strolling along the beach with light gear and spotting schools of fish is sure to catch a lot of fish. Bennett said that however busy the ICW in Wrightsville Beach is, there are often some flounder that they hold along its edge and in a small pocket on the north side of the bridge between the continental shore and the bulkhead.

There are usually a few fish that breed along this point and oyster rock, except in the coldest months of the year. Last but not least, fishing for cobia is in full swing at the beginning of June and should run until the beginning of July; so far this year it has been unpredictable or not. If you throw small spoons or jugs (Big Nic's Spanish Candy) over lightweight spinning tackle, you'll have some fish on the boat. The intersection will be US 74 and ends a few miles away, near the Johnnie Mercer Pier in Wrightsville Beach. Working larvae such as Berkley Gulp will also produce red ones for you since you'll be fishing in deeper wells and docks.

If you want to try fly fishing, use a six- to nine-weight configuration with a floating line with a small fish pattern or an epoxy fish pattern that works best. I park these baits on fish search platforms with fluorocarbon leaders of 80 to 100 pounds between 1 and 3 feet. One tip I can give you when fishing for red bulls is not to use lightweight tackle for these larger red ones. Bradley Creek, Shinn Creek, Hewletts Creek, Whiskey Creek and Masonboro Sound are located to the south and also offer numerous fishing opportunities.

He likes to arrive just before high tide and fish in the area from seashore to flooded grass. He said that there is enough tide to sweep away small depressions around stilts and fish gather in them while they wait for tide to cause something to happen.

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