Despite all of 2020’s problems, it was a good fishing year in NC overall. Some days were tough, but we also had many great days on redfish, flounder, tarpon and false albacore.
With the amount of small redfish around this year and combined with the flounder closure, next year should offer even better fishing.
We currently have a flounder season in NC now which lasts 6 weeks for recreational anglers and then a 6 week season for the commercial sector. This reduced netting pressure from the commercial industry for the rest of the year should help our fishery.
The false albacore showed up late this year but when they finally arrived, we had some great fishing while chasing these hard-fighting fish around in the ocean. If you’re looking for a fish that takes you into your backing immediately once hooked, then albacore should be on your list.
Tarpon fishing in NC isn’t easy, but with the right weather day it can be very good. We had some great days targeting tarpon on fly and spin tackle in the ocean with most fish between 80-120-lbs.
I am currently down in Louisiana for my annual 3 month guide season for the giant adult redfish. This area has taken a big hit this year from all of the hurricanes. My first 4 days here we were still without power. But it is a resilient area and has recovered quickly. The marsh water has cleared up and all the businesses are back open. The sub-10 pound fish are loaded up in the creeks and ponds and the bigger fish are starting to move into the shallows. We have had many double digit days catching redfish lately and it should only get better.
Due to a few cancellations I’ve had some dates open up for Louisiana. If you’re interested in coming down to catch giant redfish or black drum, or even just to get a lot of shots at slot sized redfish that eat most anything you throw to them, give me a call. There are a few other guides here who also have open dates, so we can arrange a group trip if you have multiple people interested.
December- 16-17 & 21-22
January- 3-7 & 10-13
Hope you have a great rest of 2020 and stay healthy/safe!
Capt. Allen Cain