North Carolina Trout Fishing Guide

North Carolina Weekly Fishing Report

Many of you are checking this to see what is happening with the Old Drum on the Neuse River out of Oriental, NC. I will start there.

The Old Drum have been getting caught. There have been a few that have pleased fishermen everyday last week and some this week. I hunted them for four days straight last week. While i didn’t ever stick one, I was able to see some. I even saw a school of 20 or more that swam thru our offerings twice and never graced us with a bite. Some are getting lucky with the Old Drum breaching and feeding close enough to cast to right away. They will normally get bit quickly. Some fishermen are seeing them roll on the surface and get close enough for a cast and a shot at a trophy. Others are fishing cut bait on the bottom and sometimes hooking up. My thought is that the New Moon will be on the 18th of August and we may (should) get a good push of new schools into the estuary. So, with that said, good luck in finding what you are looking for, or call me and let me put you on some of the best of what NC has to offer.

The trout bite is still strong. The top water bite in the morning or evening is awesome! After the sun comes up good you can find the trout in deeper water. Again, you may have to look in 7-14 feet of water to find them but they are there.

The slot drum bite has been stellar. Top water, plastics, gulp, live bait and cut bait either under a cork or on a carolina rig on bottom are all working.

This week I will be targeting the Old Drum again. Hopefully my next report out will have some great pictures of some of the “OLD” ones in hand.

We’re now scheduling North Carolina fishing charters for the upcoming Old Drum season, so if you’re looking for a trip, click on our fishing guide to see what’s new in Eastern North Carolina fishing. Captain Jeff is ready to launch your adventure, so give us a call at or click here to contact us.

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