January Fishing Forecast – Striper fishing is heating up this January!
January is here and the inshore fishing is consistent. The three main species we are targeting are Striped Bass, Red Drum, and Speckled Trout.
Striper fishing in January is very good. You can catch high numbers of solid sized fish if you work hard and pattern them. I usually head up the Cape Fear River for these guys and like to fish and assortment of baits. Striper like to sit anywhere from 8 feet down to 25 plus feet so you need to be able to cover some area. Trolling deep diving crank baits is a great way to locate them. Once you find a school of fish, crank baits, large swim baits, and buck tails tipped with soft plastics work great. They key to getting a Striper bite in this cold water is to work the bait SLOW!
Speckled Trout are still around and looking for a meal as well. This time of the year the bigger trout are still around and these are the fish I like to go after. Large soft plastics and mirrolures are my go to baits. I like using natural colors when the water clears up for the specks. Look for these fish holed up in deeper pockets on overcast days, and in shallow water on sunny days. Just like the Striper, the key to getting bites is a slowly worked bait.
Our faithful state fish the Red Drum is still hanging around, and in good numbers. I like to target these fish back in muddy creeks and holes during January. Mud minnows on a Carolina rig or gulp shrimp on a 1/8 to ¼ oz jig head seem to be the best bet for the redfish. Another great way to catch them in the winter is to target them in the surf. Large schools of redfish are cruising the surf looking for meals, and when you find them, you can catch great numbers. When sight fishing the schools I use a 1/2oz gold spoon or gulp shrimp rigged on a 1/2oz jig head. Cut bait on the bottom can also be a very effective way to target the reds.
I hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy our fishery this month! If you’re interested in booking a charter, feel free to give me a call.
About the Author:
Captain Luke Tippett of TopWater Guide Co.