New Species in Carolina

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  1. mattgulptosser

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    (long text post, feel free to scroll down to pics)
    Man, it's been a while. I've had trouble logging in, then trouble catching any worthwhile fish, then a promotion at work (woo!) left me with more responsibility and less fishing time (boo), but I can finally brag about a few decent catches from the east coast.
    After many frustrated hours, three pulled hooks and several line breaks I finally hauled in a redfish, a whopping 13" or so. Still a solid fight for the size, caught flipping docks with a 4" swimbait spotty style.

    Still plenty of flounder around, and despite the season being over they're always a fun bite especially at bigger sizes.

    Another first; I got a 19-20" speckled trout for my first model, which I'm told is a dandy. Black widow big hammer that he blitzed just as hard as any corvina. Apparently as the water gets colder up here, they start hitting topwaters!

    A ribbonfish is an unusual one, I got this guy on a kroc spoon during a big mullet run. Barely fought until I got him close to the bank, then decided to go ballistic. They swim by holding their tail straight and undulating their dorsal fin, really cool looking.

    Finally, we have the sea robin, looking almost like a stocky lingcod and fighting pretty similar to a sculpin. They have excellent camouflage and look exactly like a rock underwater.
    No idea if they taste as good as scullys, but they're easier to handle (and fight better) than pinfish or lizards so they're a-ok by me.
    A note: we don't really have any bays close by me but the intracoastal waterway is close enough, so I put the report in here.
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    It's like each fish is the bizarro version of an sd bay fish
    a yfc
    a halibut
    a corvina
    a barrcuda
    a sculpin

    what's the nc version of a spotty??
     
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    Atlantic black seabass, no doubt. Spotties get a bit bigger though; this is small even for an inshore model lol

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    Nice report and pics, nice to see what kind of fishing there is in NC
     
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    Nicely done. Those Red Drum/Redfish fight pretty good for their size. We have a house in coastal NC - Sneads Ferry - and family there. Great eating, too. Congrats.
     
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    Great report my friend!

    Nice bean, er I mean red. LOL! Beauty of a speck! Interesting other guys too.

    Fam is taking me to the gulf for my birthday in a couple of weeks, but I need to drive over to NC one of these days to wet a line with you again.

    Your avatar still gives me a chuckle.
     
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    Thanks for posting this Matt. Interesting to see the various types of fish across the country. Good stuff man, keep it coming whenever you can.
     
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    Thanks for the report.. are you going to try the excellent shark fishing back there?
     
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    I really enjoy these East Coast reports... Great fishing!... I have caught a couple of those species, when I was a kid in Florida.. Fun fishin'!...
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    Absolutely, I have my eye on a couple of larger setups suitable for that. Surf fishing with a couple buddies I've already wrangled a couple big sandbar sharks and one blacktip (what an athletic fish he was!) But haven't hooked any big ones myself
     
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    Not sure when you’re thinking or exactly what you’re looking for but PM if you want to talk. I have a few set ups from shark and ray fishing the shore that I thought we should keep for catfish but it’s likely overkill and might not happen like I imagined. If I have something you like, would just need to figure out how to get it to you. (Ever been to Asheville? Beautiful in the spring and summer with some great trout fishing and white water rafting)
     
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    Asheville is on the list, my girl wants to camp up there this spring. Definitely will PM
     
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    those ribbon/cutlass fish are highly sought after in asia; great smoked/braised, but watch the bones
     
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    Oh that's sick! Reds are my favorite so far on the East. If you ever make it into Norfolk for whatever reason shoot me a dm. I live on the water now and basically catch the same species :emoji_grinning:
    Anybody suggest a mirrorlure to you yet? It's like the equivalent of a lucky craft in the surf in SD but for East C inshore species.
     
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    Oh yeah, I was actually getting a few fish on mirrorlures back on the west coast. For all this shallow water they're fantastic
     
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    Which Mirrorlure are you guys suggesting?... Always on the outlook for new toys. ;) ...
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    I always liked the mirrodine..
     
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    As Werf said, mirrordine in either a 17MR or 27MR. Only difference is weight but they both suspend at 1-2 ft. There is a Heavy dine which sinks about 1 foot per second. But those 17/27 would be perfect for fishing above the grass in MB.
     
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    Thanks guys... They just might work up here in LA/OC too. ;) ..
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    Which ones tasted the best?
     
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