They're still here and they're still biting. On my trip Tuesday to the Crystal Coast, the water temperature was 71F which means we should enjoy these fish into December. For our first bite we saw the fish register on my Lowrance at about 20-30ft. and we went down after them. The result was a double hook up. Later in the day way caught albies as they busted the surface and behind shrimp trawlers. If you've never caught an albie, these are the hardest fighting fish around. We can fish for them on the fly or with spinning reels. Come and get bent double.
The late season speck bite is on. Specks have begun entering the creeks and are scattered from the mouths to farther back in the water. As the weather begins to get cooler, pay attention to the sun angle. In the mornings you might want to fish the western banks since the water on these shores will warm quicker. Pay attention to the water depths and adjust your jighead weight and the type of hardbait (suspended) accordingly. As the water cools, slow down your retrieve. The fish won't be as aggressive and the big thumps we got for bites in the summer will become lighter taps.
As the water begins to cool upriver and around New Bern, the stripers will begin to change some of the territory that they roam. All summer and early fall, we've been catching them along the banks and in shallower water using mostly topwater lures. The cooler weather, and resulting water, will begin to move the stripers to deeper waters. On some warm sunny days, topwater will still work. But get rigged to go deeper. Begin paying more attention to the deeper holes and ledges along the river and in the creeks. A month ago we were fishing in 2'-3' waters. Going forward into late fall and winter, we'll be targeting waters up to 17' deep.