April Fishing Forecast for Fishing in Wrightsville Beach, NC
April is here, and it feels like Summer is right around the corner!
As the water and air temperature start to rise in April, my favorite fish start to become active again! Speckled Trout will start their spawn when it warms, and this really kicks of some good fishing in Wrightsville Beach, NC for the year.
Remember when catching trout this time of year it is really important to release the female fish. We want to give them a chance to drop their roe so we can have plenty to fish for years to come! I like to target ledges off of shallow flats in the spring for trout. I usually look for a sand or mud flat that’s 2-3 feet deep and drops to 4-8 feet. You will find the most success working soft plastics or suspending baits on these ledges in the transition. As far as plastics go, I like to use Down South Lures rigged on a 1/8 oz jig head. For suspending baits, my first choice is always the Mirrodine mr-17 by Mirrolure. Color preferences vary depending on water clarity this time of year, just remember light water light color, dark water dark color. I also like to use a little Pro-Cure Bait Scent to encourage the strike in the Spring. You can’t go wrong with the shrimp, mullet or menhaden flavors.
Red Drum will start to feed as the water creeps back to the mid and upper 60’s. The fishing in Wrightsville Beach, NC in April for drum can be inconsistent though, with some great days and some poor days. To prepare yourself for the most success while targeting reds in April be sure to use scented baits. Most soft plastics with Pro Cure Bait Scents added or Gulp is my go to in April. Remember most coastal areas will be filled with grass this time of year so you will want to rig your lures weedless. I like to use a 1/8 oz weighted weedless hook to avoid picking up the grass every cast. These fish will be moving from the deep holes in creeks to the water way and coastal and river bays. Work these lures near creek mouths located near large bodies of water at falling tide.
You should also target marsh lines at rising tide while the fish are waiting to get into the flooded grass! Popping corks are a great method to locate fish as well. Check out the corks from Midcoast Products, they make a loud noise and are the most durable cork out there!
Fishing in Wrightsville Beach, NC this time of year can be great. I hope you’re able to get out and enjoy it!
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Captain Luke Tippett of TopWater Guide Co.
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