December Fishing Forecast for Southeastern North Carolina
December is here and the fishing is still steady especially for Trout and Red Drum! With our unseasonably warm fall weather in the Wilmington area, the fish are sticking to their patterns well. Speckled Trout are my favorite fish to target in December, and you can catch them a variety of ways. If you are targeting them from a boat, the Trout should be moving towards deeper water. I like to have six to twelve feet of water this time of year. The key to getting more Trout strikes in December is working the baits slow! My favorite lure this time of year is the Mirrolure 52mr. Soft plastics on a ¼oz jig head work well also. As we creep later in the season, I suggest using more natural colors. Trout can also be a blast to catch from the surf in December. The key to finding the trout in the surf is a deep slough. Walk the beach at low tide and find where the sloughs are. These deeper areas in the surf tend to produce the best spots for catching Speckled Trout.
Red Drum fishing is still hot as well. The Drum will start to move off of the flats and bays and head to the creeks. The trick to finding Red Drum in December is finding holes near structure. I like to target oyster beds and docks that have a nice ledge and hole nearby. I have the most success throwing gulp shrimp in natural colors to these fish. Mud minnows and cut baits can also seal the deal on these Redfish. The Red Drum, much like the Speckled Trout, will move to the surf as well during December. To target these fish you need to cover a lot of ground, but once you find them, they will be thick! I use gold spoons or soft plastics on a 1/2oz jig head for the Reds in the surf. A long cast is crucial for these fish as they sometimes like to sit behind the breakers. My go to set up for surf reds is an 8ft rod rigged with a 4000 size reel and 20lb braided line.
I hope you are able to get out and enjoy catching Trout and Red Drum this month!
About the Author:
Captain Luke Tippett of TopWater Guide Co.