OCEAN: Offshore action has been very good indeed with a variety of species caught. Anglers fishing out of Hatteras marinas continue to catch citation size blackfin tuna with relative ease on almost all outings. Dolphin catches have increased with “gaffers” hitting the docks on a regular basis, a few wahoo, yellowfin tuna, atlantic bonito, and little tunny were also caught. Billfish release’s have made a substantial increase in regularity this previous week with sailfish and both blue & white marlin reported. Inshore success improved as well with high numbers of bluefish and weakfish along with moderate amounts of spanish mackerel, kingfish, and red drum. Fishing in the sound was slow with a low amount of a mixed bag of species caught. Offshore anglers out of Oregon Inlet had good results also, limits of dolphin on most day’s along with moderate amounts of yellowfin tuna and a few blackfin tuna and wahoo. Billfish catches were very much improved with sailfish and both white & blue marlin caught. Inshore fishing yielded high numbers of bluefish and undersize striped bass along with moderate amounts of flounder and spotted seatrout.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Fishing for the most part has been slow in these water’s, a modest increase in catches was noted this previous week with moderate amounts of 1-2 lb bluefish caught throughout the region. Spotted seatrout and striped bass catches are improving with Roanoke Sound offering the highest success rates, early morning has yielded the best results for both species. Assorted other species were reported in low amounts.
PIERS/BEACH: Water temps are warming up and pompano have arrived with very large specimens being caught from Avon southward along with plenty of puffers and moderate amounts of red drum, bluefish, striped burrfish, and stingray’s. Northern beaches offered high numbers of citation size kingfish (sea mullet) along with a few puffers, weakfish, bluefish, and a host of others in low amounts.
Brian A Melott
Recreational Port Agent
Division of Marine Fisheries
NC Department of Environmental Quality