Trophy Redfish is in full swing on the Neuse River with the anticipation of it getting even better! With these huge fish appearing to be a month early on their annual migration we can only hope they come in as thick as the Tarpon have. Several anglers have been hooking up with these MONSTERS in the past two weeks on Fresh Mullet bought at our Tackle Shop (Neuse River Bait and Tackle)but this past week the popping cork bite has gotten more consistent it seems. Granted folks have landed them on popping corks here and there, these fish are really starting to school up and crush bait on shoals and shallower water. With them consistently showing themselves you should start to see more and more of these fish landed on artificial lures. Not saying that bait fishing wont still work but the most sought after way of catching these fish is on light tackle by most.
Just remember that the most important thing is to release these fish to swim another day. There are proper ways to release a fish so that it may swim another day. By supporting the fish fully when its out of the water and not pulling it by its gills or head that will insure it will continue to swim for the easy release. Ease the fish back into the water allowing the fish to catch it breathe while water flows upon its gills. It will then regain strength to swim off on its own. From hook up to returning the fish back in the water for release time shouldn't reach more than 10-12 minutes. Snap a quick pic and be on your way.
Good Luck on your next trip on the Neuse and remember if you need anything at all, just know we are here to help.