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After a nice break from the wind fishing has finally picked up, and things are looking good.

The Spanish mackerel are making their push to the beach. Most are reporting green/silver trolling spoons working the best to catch these Spanish running the beach. Most are 12-16 inches.

The larger sized Spanish are eating live mullet and live pogies slow trolled or light lines behind the boat or on the piers. Most are 18-24 inches.

King mackerel are showing back up with these Spanish, with a few being caught on the reefs just off the beach while slow trolling pogies. The best king bite seems to be in about 50-60 feet of water.

Cobia are still being found nearshore and offshore. When bottom fishing be quick while reeling up your catch because the barracuda are thick and will try to get a snack out of your dinner.

Bottom fishing has been pretty consistent with lots of nice beeliners and triggerfish being caught, lots of the smaller grouper are spread out and easy to find. With some nice gag grouper and scamps around as well.

Inshore, the flounder are still being caught consistently. At the time of this report they are still out of season but the season will open on Thursday, Sept. 1. Fishing live mullet on Carolina rigs has produced the most bites.

Redfish and trout are being caught on a regular basis fishing live mullet and shrimp, or your favorite soft plastics.

Good luck anglers!

Garrett Irwin is the fishing columnist for the Beacon.

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