OCEAN: Tropical Storm Hermine & Tropical Depression # 8 limited fishing effort this previous week & will affect the first few days of this week as well, anglers should try their luck as soon as conditions allow being that fish tend to feed heavy after departing major weather systems. Prior to the unfavorable weather offshore action out of Hatteras was good with plenty of citation size wahoo hitting the docks along with limits of bailer dolphin on some outings, a few black & yellowfin tuna were also caught. Billfish catch & release success was moderate with sailfish, blue & white marlin reported. Bottom fishing offered a diverse mixture including black seabass, vermillion snapper, amberjack, and triggerfish. Inshore catches were dominated by plenty of both bluefish and spanish mackerel along with a noted increase in king mackerel and a few over-slot red drum. Anglers fishing offshore via Oregon Inlet caught limits of yellowfin tuna and dolphin on a semi-regular basis. Billfish catch & release action was awesome with very high numbers of all species reported. Inshore catches were moderate but varied with cobia, amberjack, cutlassfish, bluefish, spotted seatrout, and spanish mackerel being most common.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Hatteras anglers once again did not fish these waters to any great extent due to poor catches and much better opportunities in the Ocean, a low amount of a mixed bag of species was reported. Oregon Inlet northward produced decent catches with flounder and spotted seatrout being most noteworthy . Bodie Island Lighthouse /Off Island access has been” Flounder Central” with heavy activity and very good results yielding plenty of legal specimens and very few undersize one’s. Spotted seatrout catches have made a significant improvement throughout the area with Roanoke & Croatan Sound anglers fishing in the early morning hours catching the majority of them. Low-moderate amounts of kingfish, pinfish, pigfish, puffer, red drum, searobin, bluefish, and spanish mackerel were also caught.
PIERS/BEACH: Rough sea’s from storms has made this fishing a bit limited, anglers fishing from Rodanthe southward caught bluefish with a few spanish mackerel mixed in on a short term basis, pompano and sea mullet were caught on a daily basis but numbers were low. North beach anglers had similar success, the large size spot have been an almost daily guarantee with moderate amounts of croaker and kingfish mixed in, bluefish and spanish mackerel were caught by those lucky enough to be there at the right time. A mixed bag of species was caught from North to South in varied amounts.
Brian A Melott
Recreational Port Agent
Division of Marine Fisheries
NC Department of Environmental Quality