Outer Banks Fishing Report

Outer Banks Fishing Report

OCEAN: Post storm recovery is underway & fishing success has recovered as well! Offshore catches out of Hatteras were dominated by dolphin with limits in some cases, moderate amounts of king mackerel along with a few wahoo, both yellow & blackfin tuna, and assorted billfish were also caught. Nearshore activity was very low with little to report. Offshore fishing via Oregon Inlet yielded limits of dolphin on most outings along with near limits of yellowfin tuna, a few blackfin tuna, wahoo, and king mackerel hit the docks as well. Billfish catches were fair with mostly sailfish reported. Nearshore anglers struggled with only a few trips being made yielding low amounts of bluefish and sheepshead.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Anglers out of Hatteras had a field day with red drum catching all size specimens from small undersize one’s up to over-slot giants. Moderate amounts of spotted seatrout and flounder along with a few kingfish and puffers made up a great day of fishing on most trips. Northern region catches were good with most anglers catching their red drum limit along with high numbers of illegal ones of all sizes. High volume amounts of undersize striped bass and spotted seatrout were also caught along with a host of others in low amounts including bluefish, black drum, pigfish, spot, croaker, kingfish, black seabass, and weakfish.

PIERS/BEACH: Red drum continue to be the target of choice by most anglers from North to South and for good reason with all size specimens being caught including some very large over-slot giants, catches were best when the weather was the worst and those that braved the elements were handsomely rewarded. Extra large kingfish (sea mullet) have showed up and are being caught with increased regularity on a daily basis along with a few spotted seatrout, black drum, spot, croaker, puffer, bluefish, flounder, silver perch, and a mixed bag of others.

Heavy Rain and Wind Will Make for Dangerous Conditions This Weekend ?

Heavy Rain and Wind Will Make for Dangerous Conditions This Weekend ?

Heavy Rain and Wind Will Make for Dangerous Conditions This Weekend

Extremely heavy rains combined with high coastal water levels, storm surge and flooding are expected to cause dangerous and life threatening conditions this weekend on the Outer Banks.  The National Weather Service is highly discouraging travel across northeastern North Carolina this weekend.  Travel to the area should be postponed until conditions improve.

Rainfall is predicted to intensify throughout the day and combine with sustained winds up to 55 mph causing dangerous travel conditions through Sunday.  In the event winds exceed 50 mph, ambulance crews may not be able to respond to calls for help.

The National Weather Service indicates that soundside flooding of up to 4 feet above ground is possible for areas prone to flooding, primarily on Hatteras Island.  The combination of storm surge and flooding from the ocean and the sounds will combine with heavy rains to cause conditions that should be taken seriously.

As conditions deteriorate, road closures and travel restrictions are anticipated in Dare County, particularly for portions of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island.

Dare County Emergency Management urges everyone to closely monitor the storm because conditions could worsen and intensify based on the track of Hurricane Matthew.

All residents and visitors are advised to heed the following warnings –

  • If you are in a low-lying area, or an area prone to flooding, relocate to higher ground. This is especially important for those with special medical needs.
  • Residents in low-lying areas should take action to protect personal property by moving to higher ground.  This includes vehicles.
  • Immediately complete your disaster preparedness kits and other safety preparations including securing all outdoor items such as trash cans and lawn furniture.
  • Stay out of the ocean due to the high threat of rip currents and rough seas.
  • Monitor trusted sources of information for life saving alerts. NOAA Weather Radio is an excellent resource for emergency alerts.

For information regarding road conditions and closures, visit tims.ncdot.gov/tims. For the most up to date information regarding the status of NC12, visitwww.facebook.com/NCDOTNC12.

National Park Service

The National Park Service reports that all visitor services and facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial remain closed until further notice.

For Additional Information –

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To stay up to date with the latest weather and traffic conditions in Dare County, download the free Ready NC App at www.readync.org.

View the latest watches, warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/mhx.

Residents and visitors can contact Dare County Emergency Management by calling 252.475.5655 or visiting www.darenc.com for updated information.

The next Bulletin will be released by 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 2016

Outer Banks Fishing Report – Recreational

Outer Banks Fishing Report – Recreational

OCEAN:  Offshore fishing success  out of Hatteras was moderate to good on most trips with gaffer dolphin and citation size wahoo being caught on a daily basis, a few yellow & blackfin tuna hit the docks as well.  Billfish catches were fair with almost exclusively sailfish being reported.  Nearshore fishing efforts remain low due to poor catches and better success elsewhere.  Offshore trips via Oregon inlet were a bit more productive with limits of both dolphin and yellowfin tuna on a regular basis, very large bigeye tuna- some in excess of 200lbs were also caught this previous week along with a few wahoo, blackfin tuna, and assorted billfish.  Nearshore anglers had moderate success with bluefish, spanish mackerel, and weakfish being most prevalent along with a few kingfish, and little tunny.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Anglers fishing these waters in the Hatteras region caught two species for the most part-but this was just fine with limits of spotted seatrout and small undersize up to giant citation size red drum being caught with relative ease.  Northern area water’s continue to offer much diversity with limits of spotted seatrout on a semi-regular basis along with moderate amounts of weakfish, spanish mackerel, bluefish, and undersize striped bass.  A mixed bag of species was also caught in low-moderate amounts including lizardfish, pinfish, pigfish, puffer, searobin, black seabass, and kingfish.

PIERS/BEACH:  Rough seas has limited this fishing to a certain extent from North to South, no particular species stood out in high numbers, kingfish, little tunny, red drum, bluefish, spanish mackerel, spot, pompano, skates, stingrays, and a host of others were caught.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 25 Sep 16

Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 25 Sep 16

OCEAN:  The beginning of the Autumn season has offered good fishing results for the most part.  Offshore anglers out of Hatteras had a great week of billfishing with exclusively sailfish for the most part caught in very high numbers.  Fishing for “table fare” offered moderate amounts of wahoo, dolphin, and both yellow & blackfin tuna.  Bottom fishing in deep water was good with amberjack, triggerfish, and vermillion snapper being most common.  Nearshore fishing was next to non-existent due to low catch rates and better opportunities elsewhere.  Offshore fishing out of Oregon inlet yielded limits of both dolphin and yellowfin tuna on most outings, moderate amounts of wahoo,  blackfin tuna , and assorted billfish were also caught to make up  a great day of fishing.  Nearshore catches seemed to be one extreme or the other, good days provided plenty of both bluefish and spanish mackerel along with a few little tunny (false albacore).

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Fishing in these water’s continues to improve, anglers fishing the south region had plenty of diversity in their catch with red drum of all sizes being caught in high numbers along with moderate amounts of spotted seatrout and bluefish, a few spanish mackerel and weakfish were also caught.  Northern region catches included various species as well, limits of spotted seatrout was almost a daily occurrence with early morning hours being most consistent.  Moderate amounts of bluefish, spanish mackerel, red drum, and little tunny along with a few other’s in low amounts including cobia, black seabass, pigfish, pinfish, kingfish, croaker, flounder, and weakfish were also caught.

PIERS/BEACH:  Everything in general & nothing in particular is the best way to describe this fishing from North to South with low-moderate amounts of kingfish, black drum, red drum, bluefish, croaker, pompano, spot, spanish mackerel, silver perch, and a mixed bag of other’s.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Outer Banks Fishing Report 18 Sep 16

Outer Banks Fishing Report 18 Sep 16

OCEAN:  Hermine and now Tropical Storm Julia have limited fishing especially for the offshore anglers, the days in between did offer good catches however. Offshore catches out of Hatteras included moderate amounts of wahoo with plenty of citations being awarded.  Billfish catches were good and diverse with sailfish and both blue and white marlin reported.  Moderate amounts of dolphin and both yellow & blackfin tuna were also caught.  Nearshore success was fair with spanish mackerel, bluefish, and spotted seatrout being most prevalent.  Gulfstream access via Oregon Inlet yielded limits of dolphin on most outings, moderate amounts of citation size wahoo and yellowfin tuna in 70lb + range along with a few scattered blackfin tuna made anglers very pleased in most cases.  Nearshore catches were good also, bluefish, spanish mackerel and little tunny (false albacore) were almost a guaranteed catch on a daily basis.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Fishing in these water’s continue to improve on a weekly basis, fishing the Sound out of Hatteras has produced plenty of over-slot citation size red drum along with a moderate amount of legal keeper size specimens.  Weakfish, bluefish, spotted seatrout, and spanish mackerel were all caught with increased regularity this previous week.  Northern area catches  were good also with plenty of diverse species being caught, bluefish, spanish mackerel, and spotted seatrout were caught in high numbers along with a host of others in low-moderate amounts including red drum, oyster toadfish, silver perch, searobin, pigfish, pinfish, puffer, spot, croaker, black seabass, kingfish, and flounder.

PIERS/SHORE: Tropical storms have kept sea’s rough and limited access for these anglers for the most part.  South beach catches were poor with only a few bluefish, spanish mackerel, red drum, kingfish, and undersize flounder reported.  North beach catches were better, little tunny (false albacore) were caught on a daily basis using surface plugs & lures for some exciting top water action, low-moderate amounts of croaker, kingfish, red drum, spanish mackerel, bluefish, sheepshead, flounder, and striped burrfish were also caught.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

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