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
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
Marine Fisheries Tech II
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Release: ImmediateContact: Erin Bryan-Millush / J.D. Potts
Date: Aug. 12, 2015 Phone: 252-726-6827 exts. 8153 / 8154
Water quality swimming advisory issued for sound-side site in Dare County
MOREHEAD CITY – An advisory against swimming was posted today at a sound-side site in Dare County, where state recreational water quality officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards.
The advisory affects the swimming area at the Jockey’s Ridge sound-side access in Nags Head. Test results indicate a running monthly average of 56 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water. This exceeds the state and federal standards of a running monthly average of 35 enterococci per 100 milliliters, based on five samples taken within a 30-day period.
Enterococci, the name for the group of bacteria used for testing, is found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While the bacteria group’s presence does not cause illness itself, scientific studies indicate that the presence of enterococci is closely correlated to the presence of other organisms that may cause illness. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.
This advisory is not a beach closing, nor does the advisory affect the entire Nags Head area. Swimming advisories affect water within 200 feet of the sign. The sign posted reads as follows:
SWIMMING IN THIS AREA IS NOT RECOMMENDED. BACTERIA TESTING INDICATES
LEVELS OF CONTAMINATION THAT MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR
HEALTH. THIS ADVISORY AFFECTS WATERS WITHIN 200’ OF THIS SIGN.
OFFICE OF THE STATE HEALTH DIRECTOR
State officials will continue testing the site, and they will remove the sign and notify the public again when the bacteria levels decrease to levels below the standards.
Recreational water quality officials sample 204 sites throughout the coastal region, most of them on a weekly basis, from April to October. Testing continues on a reduced schedule during the rest of the year, when fewer people are in the water.
For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program, visit the program’s website at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-water-quality or on Twitter.com @ncrecprgm.
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
Marine Fisheries Tech II
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