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Fishing for a Christmas present

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Mike Sweeney sports fishing

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By Mike Sweeney
Columnist

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Well it’s that time of year again when all the anglers are wondering what they are going to get for Christmas while others are wondering what to get their anglers for Christmas.

It is a problem my wife has had for years and to tell you the truth it is easier than you think to get your special angler a gift that will make them smile and wish for warmer weather.

Let’s just break it down into simple terms that any non-fisherman or woman can understand.

Say your angler fishes the piers and beaches a lot.

This means he is probably in need of some simple gear like bottom rigs and weights.

They can be found in any local tackle store and only cost a dollar or two so they make great stocking stuffers.

You can also throw in a Gotcha plug in white and red then they will be fine.

How about the person who fishing on local ponds and in our water ways here locally from the bank.

Then you can get him white Beetle Spins in a couple of sizes and don’t be afraid to get a lot of them because they will lose them but don’t worry they only cost a buck or so.

If they own a boat and are die hard largemouth anglers then the easy thing is to find one of their tackle boxes and take a picture of what they have in there.

Look at what color and size of lures they have tied on their rods then go and find them using their own tackle as a guide.

Don’t be afraid to get them exactly what they already have because chances are they will be buying them again once they run out.

If personally have a handful of lures and soft plastics that I fish all the time so once I run out I always am looking to refill my tackle box.

If you don’t know what to get them you can always go to a local tackle store and ask what to get.

The locals know what colors work and what type of gear is needed for what type of fishing that your angler does.

Remember to buy local so the money stays here and supports the local fishing community and they need all the help they can get.

What’s biting, where...

The fishing reports have been hit or miss this week with all the bad weather and winds.

The fleet made it out one day and caught some blackfin and some yellowfin but one day is really not an accurate showing of what is truly out there and with the front coming in this weekend it could be a couple more days till we know for sure.

At the beaches and on the piers it was slow but mainly because the lack of anglers getting out into the weather.

We did have some diehards like me on the sand at the point and they caught some drum with some in the slot while others where larger.

The flounder are still in the surf and some speckled trout are there also. Gulp lures on jig heads are working for them and make sure you put it right in the white wash.

They love to hang out just where the water drops off in the surf.

In the sound the stripers are still pretty hot with the bridges bringing most of the action.

The Manns Harbor bridge has been the most consistent one this year with Rattle Traps and stretch lures paying off for those who want to catch them.

I ran into a group of guys heading to fish the Wright Memorial on Saturday at Kevin’s and it would be nice to hear how they did.

Give me a shout at fishingwithmike921@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook at Fishing with Mike and let me know how you guys did.

Locally we have had some luck on the sound bridge near Edenton for the stripers but I have seen better days that is for sure.

Some days you strike out while others you limit out in an hour.

The crappie bite has been off the chain lately with Albemarle Crappie Trail having a tournament last weekend and did they bring in the fish.

The big winners where Tony Bass and Jim Hale and they have another event coming up in January so if you think you can keep up with these guys give the club a shout on Facebook and go for it.

Local guide Terry Payne tells me they are up in the creeks hitting small tube jigs which is my favorite way to fish for them.

He also tells me that the catfish are on fire right now and if Terry says it’s time to go catfishing then you better get out there.

If anyone gets out this week let me know and I will do my best to pass the word but till then tight lines.

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