<p>The Neuse River between New Bern and Oriental has been producing some nice striped bass over the last few weeks. These estuary fish average 2 to 10 pounds and are being caught off of a variety of structure in the river and creek mouths. Less weather dependent than ocean fishing, these fish can be a joy to catch, especially on top water! Give your favorite top water plug a try at low light then swith over to jigs and diving plugs. Live baits of eels and minnows will also work well. Don't forget to work the bridges.
The water is also warm enough to catch specks and reds in many of the same areas.
I am booking trips into early Jan for these fish before I head off for the big boys out of Oregon Inlet. I still have a few open dates so drop me a line.
top water striper
specks from the same area
About The Author: Captain Gary Dubiel
Company: Spec Fever Guide Service
Area Reporting: Neuse River, Pamlico Sound
Bio: Captain Gary Dubiel is an USCG license and IGFA certified captain. He is currently the South Atlantic Regional editor for Shallow Water Anlger magazine and is an IGFA fly rod world record holder. He operates a flats boat and a 23 ft center console and fishes the Lower Neuse River, Pamlico Sound, Cape Lookout, the Roanoke River, and the Outer Banks for a wide variety of saltwater game fish including redfish, seatrout, striped bass, tarpon, false albacore and flounder.