Edenton resident Allen Nixon caught these crappies in a local creek.

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Edenton resident Allen Nixon caught these crappies in a local creek.

Mike Sweeney: Fishing is therapeutic to me and most people

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When people ask me why I fish I can tell them that it relaxes me or it gets me away from the world or it is a good time with friends but the real truth is fishing is therapeutic to me.

I have had to opportunity in life to find out what I enjoy and I go out of my way to do it. When I get out on the water the rest of the world is at a distance.

There are no bills or pressure from work it’s just me and my friends and the fish.

I have seen things on the water that very few people have like dolphins playing in my boat wake or whales that are so close that you have to move your lures to keep them from being hooked. I have seen fish jump more than five feet in the air and watched the sun rise on slick calm water.

It is like watching two suns rise at once. Not everyone gets a chance in life to find their place but mine is on the water. I hope you and yours gets a chance to do the same this coming year and have a merry Christmas season.

What’s biting, where...

The fishing report is looking a little slim due to the weather and the fact that not a lot of people have had a chance to get out. Offshore there have been few boats but the catch was mostly sea bass and tile fish.

The beach was on fire before the front came through but the water temperatures dropped to the low 50s and the bite slowed a bit but there are still a good amount of puppy drum and trout to be had in the surf.

Locally we have had a good showing of rockfish with most of them being had at the sound bridge by Edenton.

Trolling stretch lures and Alabama Rigs with swim baits have paid off and it looks like the south side of the bridge is hot this year.

One of my favorite things to do on the sound bridge is to have someone cast swim baits to the pilings while we are trolling. This gives the fish another look and once you get a hit focus on that piling.

I can’t tell you how many times I have fished for stripers and caught all of my keepers on one or two pilings. They love to school up and feed at one time.

If they slow down then continue trolling until you find the next good one and focus on that one.

I have also heard that the crappie have started to pick up in the creeks on live shiners and small jigs.

Allen Nixon and Wayne Copeland from Edenton fished a creek in Gates County and scored some nice fish over 12 inches. Crappie usually hang out on brush piles and boat docks but Allen caught his fish slow trolling live shiners on cane poles.

If you get out this week send me some pictures and a report to fishingwithmike921@yahoo.com or hit me up on Facebook at Fishing with Mike and we will get it into next week’s column.

Until then have a great holiday, and I hope you get lots of fishing gear for Christmas.