Recreational Fishing Report 18 Oct 15

OCEAN:  Offshore action has been diverse, North beach  anglers caught very high numbers of blackfin tuna along with scattered catches of dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and atlantic bonito.  Billfish catches were few.  Hatteras fishing yielded limits of dolphin and very large specimens of both wahoo and amberjack, lesser amounts of assorted “tuna’s” were also reported along with a few sailfish releases.  Midrange/nearshore success  out of north beach marinas has been fair with bluefish making up the bulk of the catches, Spanish mackerel, little tunny, and red drum of all sizes were also reported.  Anglers fishing these waters out of the Hatteras marinas had very poor success rates.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Success has been moderate at best with a  variety  of species reported.  Spotted seatrout keeper ratios have shown signs of improvement throughout the area with Roanoke sound anglers catching the bulk of them. A host of others were also caught including puffer, weakfish, flounder,  kingfish, pinfish, pigfish, black seabass, and spot.

PIERS/SHORE:  Things have really improved to the delight of these anglers.  Spotted seatrout landings have been very good from both the piers and surf zone, very large spot and seemingely endless amounts of silver perch were also reported along with moderate catches of puffer, bluefish, and kingfish.  Anglers fishing from Avon southward caught red drum of all sizes along with some very large black drum, a few pompano were still being caught  in the surf zone due to unusually warm water temps.  Dogfish and cownose rays were next to impossible to avoid by anyone wetting a line at most locations.


Brian A. Melott
NCDENR
Marine Fisheries Tech II

NCDENR Outer Banks Fishing 19 Sep 15

OCEAN: Offshore fishing remains good in most cases/locations. Anglers fishing out of the north beach marinas had limits of dolphin on most outings along with moderate amounts of both yellowfin & blackfin tuna. Billfish catches have remained consistent with white marlin constituting most of them, a few sailfish, blue marlin, and spearfish were also reported. Hatteras marinas have had plenty of nice size wahoo hitting the docks making up the bulk of the offshore catches, assorted tuna’s, dolphin, and amberjack were caught in low-moderate amounts. Bottom fishing was good yielding plenty of triggerfish and vermillion snapper along with a few tripletail, porgy, almaco jack, and blackbelly rosefish. Midrange/nearshore action continues to be moderate-good throughout the region with high numbers of bluefish and spanish mackerel being caught by those lucky enough to be there for their short-term blitzing. Little tunny (false albacore), triggerfish, and black seabass were also caught in much lesser amounts. Hatteras marinas had decent red drum catches this previous week but most were over-slot one’s.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: This fishing is finally starting to improve with some nice catches of both weakfish and spotted seatrout. Roanoke Sound anglers have experienced the best success rates off of the causeway- “Little Bridge” and underneath of the “Washington Baum Bridge with early morning hours producing the most fish. Shallow water areas at Oregon Inlet did yield a few nice keeper flounder- the bridge pilings produced some nice sheepshead, black drum and spadefish. Bluefish, spanish mackerel, black seabass , searobin, and croaker were caught in moderation throughout the area along with assorted others in low amounts.

PIERS/SHORE: Success rates have been poor-moderate in most cases, the bluefish/spanish mackerel blitzes experienced by the nearshore boaters have also offered P/S anglers some nice catches on a few occasions. Water temps remain in the upper 70’s keeping the pompano in the surf zone later in the season than normally with some moderate catches using sand fleas as the preferred bait. Kingfish (sea mullet), croaker, black & red drum, silver perch, sea robin, flounder, pinfish, pigfish, striped burrfish, smooth & spiny dogfish, skates and stingrays were also caught in varied amounts.

Brian A. Melott
NCDENR
Marine Fisheries Tech II

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
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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