OCEAN: To say that fishing has taken a ” step backwards” this previous week would be quite the understatement . Offshore anglers were pretty much shut out with only a few exceptions, Hatteras trips were very few and only yielded low amounts of assorted species including dolphin, amberjack, king mackerel, little tunny, and assorted sharks. The only exception was one boat did manage to catch and release a swordfish, nearshore activity was non-existent. Action via Oregon Inlet was limited even more so with the weather element keeping boats at the dock.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Unfavorable weather limited anglers in the Southern area with very low activity and low success rates. Northern area fishing was fair in the Sounds if you could deal with the abusive wind & spray, mostly striped bass of all sizes along with a few spotted seatrout and red drum were the offerings.
PIER/BEACH: Mother nature made it tough on these fisherman also, red drum continue to be the primary target with decent catches by those braving the elements, large size kingfish, (sea mullet) have been mixed in on a regular basis for a nice added bonus along with a few scattered bluefish, black drum, and flounder.