Inter-Coastal Flats Fishing

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Mike, Tammy, Michelle and I spent the afternoon on a falling high tide fishing the grass flats of the inter-coastal waterway.

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Dolphins followed our boat for a while and they were a treat to watch.

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Dolphins eat fish.  Pelicans eat fish. Osprey eat fish, and they were all doing well.

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We followed several schools of fish that were breaking water, which attracted gulls.  We cast through these pods, saw some much larger fish and had the tails of our Berkley Gulp jigs slashed, short-striking.

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Michelle caught a clam, and we had to pry it open with a knife to retrieve the hook.

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We used buck-tails, synthetic bloodworm strips, doodle spins, and jigs, casting to the grass lines, near deep ledges, but to no avail.  We were trying to target speckled trout and redfish.

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It was absolutely beautiful on the water, and I think we may need to switch to live bait, such as shrimp, mullet or crab.  I have all week to figure this out.

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This photo is from the top of the bridge into north Topsail, of the inter-coastal waterway, with the ocean to the right of this photo.
Tomorrow, we may try the fresh-tidal Cape Fear River, which has largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish.
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