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Dr. Bogus’ “Trouter” mini-Fishing Report for 11/30/13. Surf 60°, sound 58°

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Prior to this week’s freeze, speckled trout fishing has been holding up in the marshes but with a lot of spikes (juvenile speckled trout) in the mix. The normal late season and over winter locations like the feeder creeks along the sound and the rock jetties Lookout, Shaq, Radio I.)  have produced mostly undersized specks as well. And this is ditto for the surf, where traditionally mid-November and Thanksgiving particularly, were the peak of the trout season along the beach for us surf fishermen. In addition, the arrival of large numbers of juvenile trout usually indicated the end of the trout season along the beach. We will just have to wait and see. This time of year, are hours of daylight dwindle and water temperatures fall, we expect the specks to be heading for their winter homes which are south of where they normally are found and west, that is up into the deep water creeks which also hold plenty of food in the winter. So what are the best way to target trout in the so called off season.

Did any specks show on the beach after the cold front? What’s in the stopnets? What are the best live baits for trout and how do you fish them? What are the suspending baits? What did the November water temps look like? Sciaenids for surf, but are there any black drum around? Are the trout in the creeks yet? How about the Cape Lookout Rock Jetty? Need an update on Bogue Banks or Topsail piers? I got it! On Wednesday I surf fished from one end of Bogue Banks to the other, what did I see? Black drum regs, have changed, so what are they? Any changes afoot in speckled trout size or bag limits? For this and much more, you can subscribe to the full “Totally Bogus Fishing Report” for less than 7-cents/day, still only $25/year. It’s getting close to summer fishing season, so there’s no reason for YOU to miss out! Just send a check for $25 and your e-mail address to:

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P.O. Box 5225

Emerald Isle, NC 28594


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