OCEAN: The beginning of the Autumn season has offered good fishing results for the most part. Offshore anglers out of Hatteras had a great week of billfishing with exclusively sailfish for the most part caught in very high numbers. Fishing for “table fare” offered moderate amounts of wahoo, dolphin, and both yellow & blackfin tuna. Bottom fishing in deep water was good with amberjack, triggerfish, and vermillion snapper being most common. Nearshore fishing was next to non-existent due to low catch rates and better opportunities elsewhere. Offshore fishing out of Oregon inlet yielded limits of both dolphin and yellowfin tuna on most outings, moderate amounts of wahoo, blackfin tuna , and assorted billfish were also caught to make up a great day of fishing. Nearshore catches seemed to be one extreme or the other, good days provided plenty of both bluefish and spanish mackerel along with a few little tunny (false albacore).
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Fishing in these water’s continues to improve, anglers fishing the south region had plenty of diversity in their catch with red drum of all sizes being caught in high numbers along with moderate amounts of spotted seatrout and bluefish, a few spanish mackerel and weakfish were also caught. Northern region catches included various species as well, limits of spotted seatrout was almost a daily occurrence with early morning hours being most consistent. Moderate amounts of bluefish, spanish mackerel, red drum, and little tunny along with a few other’s in low amounts including cobia, black seabass, pigfish, pinfish, kingfish, croaker, flounder, and weakfish were also caught.
PIERS/BEACH: Everything in general & nothing in particular is the best way to describe this fishing from North to South with low-moderate amounts of kingfish, black drum, red drum, bluefish, croaker, pompano, spot, spanish mackerel, silver perch, and a mixed bag of other’s.
Brian A Melott
Recreational Port Agent
Division of Marine Fisheries
NC Department of Environmental Quality
OCEAN: Offshore anglers have been denied access for quite a while due to the recent storm, the first few post-storm trips have offered Hatteras fisherman limits of dolphin, citation size wahoo, and scattered black & yellowfin tuna- along with a few sailfish releases. The North beach marina’s were glad to be fishing again as well and limits of dolphin along with moderate amounts of both yellow & blackfin tuna . Inshore fishing offered Hatteras anglers high volume amounts of spotted seatrout, unfortunately keeper ratios were poor. Red drum catches were very good with a full spectrum of sizes from the very small to the over-slot giants. Anglers out of the North beach marinas caught high numbers of bluefish along with moderate amounts of Spanish mackerel mixed in, a few spotted seatrout and stingrays were also reported.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Fishing is recovering in these waters as well, recent flooding limiting access. Post storm trips did offer some satisfaction after a long down- time with a mixed bag of species in low-moderate amounts including some very large kingfish-( sea mullet) along with flounder, black seabass, croaker, spot, and puffer. Anglers fishing the Roanoke Sound off of the “Little Bridge” and underneath of the Washington Baum” Bridge caught limits of striped bass along with a few spotted seatrout.
PIERS/SHORE: Anglers fishing off of beaches were very limited as well, when sea’s subsided by mid-week a varied amount of species were caught- some short-term bluefish blitzes occurred along with some very large black drum and sea mullet. Fisherman reported a host of other species including spotted seatrout, croaker, puffer, red drum, skates & rays. Pier anglers were the only one’s that did fish during the storm to a small extent-a few red drum & dogfish sharks were caught by those that toughed out the adverse weather conditions, catches after the storm were the same as the surf-casters.
Brian A. Melott
Marine Fisheries Tech II
Finally we were able to fish the surf this evening. Bluefish were caught. Conditions and weather should improve in the coming days. We have fresh mullet in daily only $2.99 pound. We will have some inlet charters going back out tomorrow.
OBX, Duck NC
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