OCEAN:  Offshore anglers struggled this past week, very few tunas of any sort were caught -a bright spot was limits of dolphin caught around 15 miles offshore making for some early returns to the docks.  Billfish catches made a slight increase in frequency.  Midrange success rates have made a marked improvement with high volume catches of both atlantic cutlassfish  (ribbonfish)  and sharpnose sharks-anglers report both of these as good eating.  King & spanish mackerel, little tunny, and cobia were caught in these same waters.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Improving flounder catches have been experienced by anglers fishing the shallow water areas at Oregon Inlet this previous week with much improved keeper ratios .  spoons but this has lessened somewhat.  Bluefish and Spanish mackerel are still being caught by anglers trolling  the surface water with spoons and assorted lures, catches have been short term and limited to anglers being at thr right spot at the right time.  Anglers fishing the Roanoke Sound are still catching spotted seatrout in the early  morning hours and then again just before dark along with a few red drum, croaker, and kingfish mixed in.  The pilings of Oregon Inlet bridge continue to offer sheepshead, black drum, spadefish, and atlantic needlefish.

PIERS/SHORE:  Fishing for cobia/king mackerel off of piers has been excellent this past week by anglers fishing over night into the wee hours of the morning.  Citation size kingfish (sea mullet) are still being caught in the near shore surf zone with sand fleas being the bait of choice. Pompano, spot, croaker, black and red drum, atlantic cutlassfish, puffers, pigfish, pinfish, striped burrfish, bluefish, skates, rays, sharks,  and a host of others were also caught in lesser amounts.

Brian A. Melott
NCDENR
Marine Fisheries Tech II

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