The unusually stormy late weather of late June may be hindering fishermen, but it hasn't slowed the puppy drum and speckled trout bite in the waters around Sneads Ferry. These fish live next to a Marine base and are used to a little shake, rattle and roll. Even better, they are feeding like they are hungry.
"The fish are biting, and when you find them it is game on," said Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures, who said the "super moon" last weekend didn't even slow the action. "Right now, the bigger schools are red drum, but there are enough big speckled trout mixed in and feeding with them that some days you can catch a limit of them too. Sometimes we even catch a flounder or two and complete the slam."
Jernigan (910-467-1482) said the reds are pretty much all over the New River. He is finding them on the flats, in the bays and holding in and around the mouths of creeks. Jernigan said the trout are sometimes mixed in with the drum up in the shallows, but most of the time they are around the outside of the schools of drum where flats drop off into deeper water.
The bite has been good early on a few days – like most would expect it to be -- but most of tis past week ,the action has been best right in the middle of the day.
"We've been having a ball throwing topwaters," Jernigan said. "I like the MirrOlure Top Dog Jr, but they have been hitting the Top Pup and others too. They aren't bashful either. They are charging the baits and throwing water everywhere when they hit. Even when they miss, if you keep the lure moving, they'll come after it again. "The few times the drum have been hesitant to hit topwaters, we have gotten them to bite the Hackberry Hustlers, Flats Minnows or gold spoons," Jernigan said. "Trout will also hit the topwaters and soft plastics. My favorite colors for both are opening night, LSU, glow and white with a chartreuse tail.