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
Date posted: July 30, 2009
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