The Fishing In October, rig cutbait on circle hooks and work the inlets, jetties, bars, and ledges on an outgoing tide for red drum averaging 40 pounds. Or sight-cast to puppy drum (18- to 24-inch reds) and speckled trout in Pamlico Sound with topwater plugs, Shrimposter jigs, and shrimp and streamer patterns. hotspots For big red drum, Capt. Chuck Hudson of Bounty Hunter Guide Service (252-322-7454; www.bountyhunternc.com) points to Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlets and the surf between. For puppy drum and trout, try the inshore side of Portsmouth Islands.