Fishing for success after storms

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Don Campbell from Elizabeth City fishing out of his kayak made this catch.


By Mike Sweeney

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The heavy rains can affect the way the fish move and feed when it hits almost every day like it has lately but it can also position the fish in certain areas and that makes them easy pickings if you know what areas to look for.

When we get rain it brings the water temps down, change the color of the water, brings fresh bait into the creeks and channels all while increasing the oxygen level.

This brings the fish to certain key spots and structure and they can school up in those areas which is what we are all looking for.

What you want to look for is small creeks and runoffs spots that are coming into the main bodies of water.

This will make the fish sit on a current break and wait for the bait to come to them because it could be worms or grubs washing in from shore or baitfish coming up shallow to feed in the oxygen rich water.

You can throw a spinner bait or fluke around the outside edges or pitch a worm up in the mouth of the runoff and let it float back into the main water.

Some of these spots can gang the fish up with multiple fish fighting for position and if you can find more than one spot like this you can make a milk run out of them and keep going back time and time again because they will reload with more fish after you leave it alone for a bit.

A lot of ponds that we fish have creeks that run into them from the swamp and after the rain I love to hit these spots while the water is coming into the main body of water.

They have produced fish for years and are very predictable so next time they call for rain make a point to get out there and get a little wet. The fish are already wet so they don’t mind.

What’s biting, where...

The offshore guys have been fighting the wind a little this week but they managed a few days out in the deep blue and when they did they got what they were looking for.

The yellowfin are still hanging around for the northern fleet along with some blackfin and a big eye has come back every day they made it out.

The sharks have been tough this year on the tuna guys but if you can get them to the boat quickly it helps.

There was also limits of dolphin brought back to the anglers looking for mahi and the Hatteras fleet has them dialed in better than anyone else.

On the piers and beaches the wind and waves made for dirty water earlier in the week but it seems to be cleaning up some.

The southern beaches around Avon have been better than most with steady runs of Spanish, pompano, mullet and blues.

The wind switched to the north so it should clean up by the weekend. The piers have been the best bet with some scattered Spanish and blues and Jake Worthington caught a nice cobia off of Avalon this week even with a bad knee and crutches he still pulled it in.

In our local waters we have great fishing for white perch and largemouth right now.

The rains and cooler water temps have brought the fish up shallow again but to be honest they never really left.

Top water baits like Whopper Ploppers and Pop-Rs have been hot this week and nobody knows more than local kayak angler Don Campbell from Elizabeth City who scored 12 bass in one trip and they all came from top water baits.

The white perch are in the usual spots with fish coming on Beetle Spins and Uncle Jessie lures in 5 to 7 feet of water but don’t leave out the stump fields because they love the shallow water to when the water is right.

If anyone gets out this week send me a report and some pictures to fishingwithmike921@yahoo.com