OCEAN: The weather element continues to be an ongoing factor this time of year limiting fishing effort. Hatteras anglers fishing offshore had moderate success on favorable days with yellowfin & blackfin tuna being most prevalent along with a few scattered wahoo, king mackerel, and dolphin. Bottom fishing was good with grouper, vermillion snapper, triggerfish, and blackbelly rosefish, nearshore activity was very low with little or nothing reported. Northern marinas had similar results with the same species caught in lower amounts, a bright spot was three swordfish caught by one boat on an overnight trip. Nearshore action was sparse with a few red drum, striped bass, and assorted others in very low amounts.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Hatteras anglers are still catching a few red drum, flounder, and spotted seatrout but this has dropped off considerably and activity is low. Anglers from Oregon Inlet northward continue to make striped bass their primary target with good results in most cases, keeper ratios are very much improved as compared to the previously mostly undersize ones. Roanoke & Croatan Sound catches are still the most consistent but a noted improvement has been experienced throughout the region. Spotted seatrout catches have been fair, time of day is crucial with early morning hours yielding the bulk of the catches. Black drum were caught around the pilings of the Oregon Inlet bridge when little else was available, a mixed bag of species was caught in low amounts throughout the area.
PIERS/SHORE: Most of the piers are now closed for the season, anglers fishing from the shore had a tough time due to rough surf conditions. Anglers targeting red drum have had a few good days from Avon southward-but this has been very limited due to unfavorable weather conditions. Moderate amounts of spotted seatrout were caught on favorable days- however most were undersize ones, scattered catches of black drum, bluefish, kingfish, skates and stingrays were also reported.
Brian A Melott
Recreational Port Agent
Division of Marine Fisheries
NC Department of Environmental Quality