Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 29 Nov 15

OCEAN:  The weather element continues to be a factor in all modes and at all locations, favorable days however were productive in most cases.  Offshore anglers out of Hatteras locations continue to catch high numbers of blackfin tuna along with moderate amounts of citation size wahoo & king mackerel, scattered dolphin, barracuda, little tunny, and amberjack were also reported.  Offshore fishing out of the marinas from Oregon Inlet northward had success as well with plenty of citation size wahoo being reported along with decent catches of both yellow & blackfin tuna.  Nearshore  action out of Hatteras was awesome with limits of red drum and spotted seatrout on most outings, anglers from Oregon Inlet northward caught the same species but in much lesser amounts.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  These anglers have reported inconsistent catches with some days yielding limits of several species and other days not even getting a bite.  Hatteras fisherman had similar success to the nearshore anglers with limits of red drum and spotted seatrout on most trips along with a few bluefish and flounder mixed in.  Anglers fishing from Oregon Inlet northward have been  primarily targeting striped bass with very good success rates in most cases, Croatan & Roanoke Sound continue to be the traditional high volume producers with Manns Harbor and the Washington Baum Bridge being the epicenters of this fishery, early morning and late evening have yielded the best catches.  Moderate amounts of spotted seatrout were caught throughout the region along with a host of others in low amounts.

PIERS/SHORE:  Nothing in particular/everything in general is the best way to describe this fishing.  Very large kingfish (sea mullet) were caught on adverse weather  days when little else was available.  Favorable days produced plenty of flounder and spotted seatrout however most were undersize, a mixed bag of species was also caught in low amounts including both red & black drum, silver perch, puffer, smooth & spiny dogfish, pinfish, pigfish, skates, and stingrays.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Fishing Report 13 Sep 2015

OUTER BANKS OCEAN FISHING REPORT:  Offshore anglers had very good success, yellowfin tuna have made their presence known with limits by those fishing out of the northern marinas-with most specimens in the 30-40 lb range.  Citation size bigeye tuna along with blackfin tuna, wahoo, and dolphin were also caught. Billfish action remains impressive with “Grand Slam” catches of sailfish and both blue & white marlin.  Hatteras marina’s  have had similar catches-not as many yellowfin tuna but limits of dolphin & large citation size wahoo.  Midrange/nearshore anglers continue to make bluefish and spanish mackerel their primary target with limits of both being caught on most outings.  Improved catches of king mackerel, black seabass, triggerfish, and little tunny (false albacore) was also noted this past week.

OUTER BANKS INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS FISHING REPORT:  Fishing has been slow & uneventful with a few exceptions.  Spanish mackerel & bluefish have been caught just inside the bridge at Oregon Inlet-but this has been short-term and only available for those fortunate to be their at the right time, the pilings of the bridge did offer some large sheepshead along with a few black drum, spadefish, and needlefish when little else was available.  A few flounder were caught in the shallow water areas near Bodie Island light with favorable keeper ratios in most cases.  Hatteras anglers did manage to catch a decent amount of keeper & over-slot red drum along with limits of bluefish and moderate amounts of flounder.   A host of others were caught in low amounts.

OUTER BANKS PIERS/SHORE FISHING REPORT:  A mixed bag assortment has been caught with no particular species dominating the catches.  Pompano are still being caught in the near shore surf zone due to the water temp still hanging around in the upper 70’s.  Kingfish-(Sea Mullet), spot, croaker, silver perch, blue runner,  pigfish & pinfish were caught in moderate amounts. Anglers fishing the surf zone from Avon southward are still catching large 2lb> pompano along with a few keeper red drum and surprise catches of little tunny (false albacore).

Brian A. Melott
NCDENR
Marine Fisheries Tech II

NCDENR Fishing Report 30 Aug 15

OCEAN: Limits of dolphin were had by most anglers heading offshore this previous week, billfish catches have improved significantly with some boats returning with a “Grand-Slam” catch of sailfish and both blue & white marlin. The Hatteras offshore action has picked up with citation size wahoo and plenty of blackfin tuna along with lesser amounts of other assorted tuna’s. Midrange/near shore trips have yielded a few over-slot red drum along with high volume catches of both spanish mackerel & bluefish.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Anglers struggled to catch much of anything in these waters, most reported not even getting a bite or at best a few undersize flounder & trout. Spot, croaker, pigfish, and sea mullet were caught in moderation offering something for the dinner table when little else was available. Manns Harbor/Mashoes anglers caught a few undersize striped bass. Anglers fishing the Roanoke Sound in the early morning hours did manage to catch a few keeper spotted seatrout & weakfish but this has dropped off as well.

PIERS/SHORE: Fishing success rates have been moderate in these waters with a mixed bag of species caught, beaches from Avon southward have produced some decent catches of spanish mackerel & bluefish for those fortunate enough to be there for the short -term blitzes. Pompano & sea mullet are still available in the near shore surf zone with sand fleas being the bait of choice, a host of others were caught in lesser amounts including lizardfish, black drum, sheepshead, dogfish sharks, pinfish, spot, pigfish, croaker, blue runner, silver perch, cutlassfish, puffer, weakfish, spotted seatrout, skates & assorted rays.

Brian A. Melott
NCDENR
Marine Fisheries Tech II

Recreational Fishing Report 2 Aug 15

Recreational Fishing Report 2 Aug 15

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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