OUTER BANKS OCEAN FISHING REPORT:  Offshore anglers had very good success, yellowfin tuna have made their presence known with limits by those fishing out of the northern marinas-with most specimens in the 30-40 lb range.  Citation size bigeye tuna along with blackfin tuna, wahoo, and dolphin were also caught. Billfish action remains impressive with “Grand Slam” catches of sailfish and both blue & white marlin.  Hatteras marina’s  have had similar catches-not as many yellowfin tuna but limits of dolphin & large citation size wahoo.  Midrange/nearshore anglers continue to make bluefish and spanish mackerel their primary target with limits of both being caught on most outings.  Improved catches of king mackerel, black seabass, triggerfish, and little tunny (false albacore) was also noted this past week.

OUTER BANKS INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS FISHING REPORT:  Fishing has been slow & uneventful with a few exceptions.  Spanish mackerel & bluefish have been caught just inside the bridge at Oregon Inlet-but this has been short-term and only available for those fortunate to be their at the right time, the pilings of the bridge did offer some large sheepshead along with a few black drum, spadefish, and needlefish when little else was available.  A few flounder were caught in the shallow water areas near Bodie Island light with favorable keeper ratios in most cases.  Hatteras anglers did manage to catch a decent amount of keeper & over-slot red drum along with limits of bluefish and moderate amounts of flounder.   A host of others were caught in low amounts.

OUTER BANKS PIERS/SHORE FISHING REPORT:  A mixed bag assortment has been caught with no particular species dominating the catches.  Pompano are still being caught in the near shore surf zone due to the water temp still hanging around in the upper 70’s.  Kingfish-(Sea Mullet), spot, croaker, silver perch, blue runner,  pigfish & pinfish were caught in moderate amounts. Anglers fishing the surf zone from Avon southward are still catching large 2lb> pompano along with a few keeper red drum and surprise catches of little tunny (false albacore).

Brian A. Melott
NCDENR
Marine Fisheries Tech II

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