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Striper season is set to begin

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David Hickman made this catch on the Perquimans River.

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By Mike Sweeney
Columnist

Friday, September 29, 2017

Well it is my favorite time of the year with stripers coming into season this weekend.

It is time to break out the swim baits, stretch lures and Rattle Traps.

The past few years have been hit or miss but the spawns have produced a lot of baby stripers and it is about time for some of them to grow up.

By all account this year should be a good year for stripers so let’s keep our fingers crossed and our lines out in the water.

I usually start the year either in the Coinjock Canal or the sound bridge but the beach reports have been pretty steady on stripers all year in their area so the Mann’s Harbor bridge should pay of this early in the season.

That bridge has always been a good Rattle Trap bridge with some guys trolling them next to the pilings while some cast to them.

The Wright Memorial bridge should hold fish also with similar patterns and techniques holding true there.

There are tons of little fish in the sound which means while you are out fishing always look for birds working the water.

It may take a cold snap for it to happen often but the fish will chase the bait up to the surface and the birds will show you where they are so keep a good eye to the sky always.

When you avid striper anglers get out there this weekend make sure you send me some pics and a report even if it’s a bad one so I can get the word out.

What’s biting, where...

The offshore report is gloomy to say the least with no boats going out since Friday but when they did get out there was limits of dolphin brought back to the docks.

Maybe after this storm we will get another chance to fill the freezer.

On the beach it has been rough but that didn’t stop the drum anglers and they have been doing well in the high surf.

The spot are in and they make good bait for the drum not to mention good table fare.

Jake Worthington is the master at drum fishing on Avalon and he has had a great start to the season.

Many a bull red have made it to the planks thanks to Jake and when he says it is on then you got to get out there and see for yourself.

We have also done pretty well on flounder this week on the piers so that may be your best bet till all this wind dies down.

Here local we are still on the largemouth bite with some really nice fish being caught this week.

David Hickman from Perquimans County was tossing a trick worm up into a fallen tree this week and scored a nice bass.

Robert Hunt was fishing the Coinjock Canal and scored a couple of nice largemouth also along with a bonus red drum.

The stumps in Coinjock always hold fish but it can be aggravating with all the hang ups.

If you want to see Bobby’s fish check him out on my Facebook page Fishing with Mike and see for yourself.

You can hit me up there or you can email me your reports to fishingwithmike921@yahoo.com just like Bobby and David did.

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