OBX Inshore Fishing Jan.’17

by Aaron Kelly

Cold, windy, choppy, and rough are the typical sea conditions along our beaches this month. On the rare calm days, one could go in search of something to bend a pole! White picky birds could lead one to big bluefish. Tog on the wrecks with crab could be fun. Seabass will be around as well. Although, unfortunately I think the season will be closed.  Could see some stripers although we have not seen them in quite a few winters, you never know. If you have kids, strip bait on the bottom could produce dogsharks, which can be fun. Every now and then we get a fat flounder! Redfish will structure up in the winter and can prove to be fun as well! About seven years ago in January we were fishing a wreck off Rodanthe (about five miles off) and landed a 12lb red snapper??? Think he was lost. So, you never know.

Backwaters will hold fish in the creeks and estuarine places protected from the wind. The muddy bottoms hold heat. The waters stay few degrees warmer and harbor fish. Little jigs can produce striper, flounder, and trout. Grab a map or a guide and go fish some of the picturesque areas. Cool fresh air and sun on your face will do ya good!

Captain Aaron Kelly

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