Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 25 Sep 16

Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 25 Sep 16

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

Outer Banks Fishing Report 18 Sep 16

Outer Banks Fishing Report 18 Sep 16

OCEAN:  Hermine and now Tropical Storm Julia have limited fishing especially for the offshore anglers, the days in between did offer good catches however. Offshore catches out of Hatteras included moderate amounts of wahoo with plenty of citations being awarded.  Billfish catches were good and diverse with sailfish and both blue and white marlin reported.  Moderate amounts of dolphin and both yellow & blackfin tuna were also caught.  Nearshore success was fair with spanish mackerel, bluefish, and spotted seatrout being most prevalent.  Gulfstream access via Oregon Inlet yielded limits of dolphin on most outings, moderate amounts of citation size wahoo and yellowfin tuna in 70lb + range along with a few scattered blackfin tuna made anglers very pleased in most cases.  Nearshore catches were good also, bluefish, spanish mackerel and little tunny (false albacore) were almost a guaranteed catch on a daily basis.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Fishing in these water’s continue to improve on a weekly basis, fishing the Sound out of Hatteras has produced plenty of over-slot citation size red drum along with a moderate amount of legal keeper size specimens.  Weakfish, bluefish, spotted seatrout, and spanish mackerel were all caught with increased regularity this previous week.  Northern area catches  were good also with plenty of diverse species being caught, bluefish, spanish mackerel, and spotted seatrout were caught in high numbers along with a host of others in low-moderate amounts including red drum, oyster toadfish, silver perch, searobin, pigfish, pinfish, puffer, spot, croaker, black seabass, kingfish, and flounder.

PIERS/SHORE: Tropical storms have kept sea’s rough and limited access for these anglers for the most part.  South beach catches were poor with only a few bluefish, spanish mackerel, red drum, kingfish, and undersize flounder reported.  North beach catches were better, little tunny (false albacore) were caught on a daily basis using surface plugs & lures for some exciting top water action, low-moderate amounts of croaker, kingfish, red drum, spanish mackerel, bluefish, sheepshead, flounder, and striped burrfish were also caught.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Recreational Fishing Report 21 Aug 16

Recreational Fishing Report 21 Aug 16

OCEAN:  Offshore success has slowed somewhat from the previous week, catches out of Ocracoke & Hatteras were diverse but total catch numbers were low.  Wahoo, dolphin, and  blackfin tuna were most common along with a few billfish releases.  Bottom fishing in deep water’s yielded blueline tilefish, triggerfish and a few amberjack.  Nearshore action was a bit more consistent with bluefish and spanish mackerel an almost guaranteed catch on most trips along with a few sheepshead, weakfish, spot, cobia, and over-slot red drum.  Offshore anglers heading out of Oregon Inlet had somewhat better catches offshore with limits of both dolphin and blueline tilefish on a daily basis along with a few scattered wahoo and both yellow & blackfin tuna.  Nearshore fishing was fair-good on most days, limits of spotted seatrout were caught on some trips along with a few citation size cobia.  Amberjack, black seabass, little tunny, and assorted others were caught in low amounts.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Fishing these waters has yielded limited success in the Hatteras region, over-slot size red drum have been caught in high numbers with a mixed bag of species caught in very low amounts.  Northern area catches have been better, flounder have been the primary target of most anglers due to the much improved keeper ratios.  Bodie Island light/Off Island access has been the hot spot for doormat specimens, access can be tough with shallow water areas near shorelines yielding the best catches.  Moderate amounts of black seabass, sea robin, croaker, lizardfish, pinfish, pigfish, puffer, spot, and assorted sharks were also caught.

PIERS/BEACH:  I won’t glorify this into something it’s not-things have been slow indeed from North to South with only a few bluefish, spanish mackerel, kingfish, croaker, spot, and pompano being reported along with various others in low amounts.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Recreational Fishing Report 15 May 16

Recreational Fishing Report 15 May 16

OCEAN:  It’s been a great week of fishing with plenty of assorted species being caught.  Offshore catches out of the Hatteras marina’s primarily  consisted of high numbers of all size dolphin.  Billfish action was very good with sailfish, blue & white marlin, and one swordfish reported.  The blackfin tuna bite has backed off a bit but a few citation one’s are still being caught along with a few scattered yellowfin tuna and wahoo.  Nearshore anglers scored bigtime with the arrival of cobia, citation size specimens were caught on a daily basis along with plenty of spanish mackerel and moderate amounts of bluefish and atlantic bonito.  Anglers fishing out of Oregon Inlet had favorable results also with dolphin dominating their catches as well.  Billfish catches were on an upward trend with all types caught.  Assorted tuna’s were caught in moderate amounts including yellowfin, blackfin, and bigeye.  Nearshore fisherman enjoyed limits of bluefish and spanish mackerel on most outings along with moderate amounts of cobia.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Fishing success in these waters has finally made a significant improvement, very large sea mullet have been caught throughout the region in high amounts, spot, pigfish, pinfish, spotted seatrout and seemingly endless amounts of undersize striped bass were also reported.  Anglers fishing off of the “Little Bridge” and underneath of the Washington Baum bridge caught some very large black drum, along with some decent spotted seatrout in the early morning hours.

PIERS/BEACH:  Catches were fair from North to South, bluefish made up the bulk of the catch along with moderate amounts of sea mullet and puffers.  anglers fishing from Avon southward continue to catch large specimens of pompano and sheepshead along with a few red drum of all sizes, a mixed bag of other  species were caught in low amounts.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

RECREATIONAL FISHING REPORT 8 MAY 16

RECREATIONAL FISHING REPORT 8 MAY 16

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

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