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When is the best time of year to surf fish?

Amy Hotz

I’d say locals almost unanimously agree it’s the fall. The way I think about it is, fish are a lot like people. They come out most when temperatures are comfortable — not too cold, not too hot.

In a fish’s environment, that definitely means the fall and moderate days in the springtime. Rick Wilkinson, surf fishing instructor at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, calls summer fishing “the doldrums.” It’s too hot out. But if you fish early in the morning or in the evening when the air and water cool down, you’ll have better luck.

Popular surf fishing species include black drum and red drum, whiting (also called Virginia mullet), pompano, blue fish and flounder.

Amy K. Hotz

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2 Responses to “ When is the best time of year to surf fish?”

  1. On July 31, 2009 at 7:21 am Jo wrote:

    This is a question, i am new to fishing. Have heard a lot about Masonboro Sound, can you fish there, where if you can. And can you get there by car?

  2. On August 3, 2009 at 8:46 am Vaughn Hagerty wrote:

    Hi, Jo. It’s usually better to ask a question by clicking the button in the upper right-hand corner of the page. But, we’ve answered you here:


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