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Outer Banks Fishing Reports courtesy of Bob’s Bait & Tackle – Charter Fishing &

 Brian A. Melott from NCDENR.

Outer Banks Fishing Report

Outer Banks Fishing Report

OCEAN: Post storm recovery is underway & fishing success has recovered as well! Offshore catches out of Hatteras were dominated by dolphin with limits in some cases, moderate amounts of king mackerel along with a few wahoo, both yellow & blackfin tuna, and assorted billfish were also caught. Nearshore activity was very low with little to report. Offshore fishing via Oregon Inlet yielded limits of dolphin on most outings along with near limits of yellowfin tuna, a few blackfin tuna, wahoo, and king mackerel hit the docks as well. Billfish catches were fair with mostly sailfish reported. Nearshore anglers struggled with only a few trips being made yielding low amounts of bluefish and sheepshead.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Anglers out of Hatteras had a field day with red drum catching all size specimens from small undersize one’s up to over-slot giants. Moderate amounts of spotted seatrout and flounder along with a few kingfish and puffers made up a great day of fishing on most trips. Northern region catches were good with most anglers catching their red drum limit along with high numbers of illegal ones of all sizes. High volume amounts of undersize striped bass and spotted seatrout were also caught along with a host of others in low amounts including bluefish, black drum, pigfish, spot, croaker, kingfish, black seabass, and weakfish.

PIERS/BEACH: Red drum continue to be the target of choice by most anglers from North to South and for good reason with all size specimens being caught including some very large over-slot giants, catches were best when the weather was the worst and those that braved the elements were handsomely rewarded. Extra large kingfish (sea mullet) have showed up and are being caught with increased regularity on a daily basis along with a few spotted seatrout, black drum, spot, croaker, puffer, bluefish, flounder, silver perch, and a mixed bag of others.

Outer Banks Fishing Report – Recreational

Outer Banks Fishing Report – Recreational

OCEAN:  Offshore fishing success  out of Hatteras was moderate to good on most trips with gaffer dolphin and citation size wahoo being caught on a daily basis, a few yellow & blackfin tuna hit the docks as well.  Billfish catches were fair with almost exclusively sailfish being reported.  Nearshore fishing efforts remain low due to poor catches and better success elsewhere.  Offshore trips via Oregon inlet were a bit more productive with limits of both dolphin and yellowfin tuna on a regular basis, very large bigeye tuna- some in excess of 200lbs were also caught this previous week along with a few wahoo, blackfin tuna, and assorted billfish.  Nearshore anglers had moderate success with bluefish, spanish mackerel, and weakfish being most prevalent along with a few kingfish, and little tunny.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Anglers fishing these waters in the Hatteras region caught two species for the most part-but this was just fine with limits of spotted seatrout and small undersize up to giant citation size red drum being caught with relative ease.  Northern area water’s continue to offer much diversity with limits of spotted seatrout on a semi-regular basis along with moderate amounts of weakfish, spanish mackerel, bluefish, and undersize striped bass.  A mixed bag of species was also caught in low-moderate amounts including lizardfish, pinfish, pigfish, puffer, searobin, black seabass, and kingfish.

PIERS/BEACH:  Rough seas has limited this fishing to a certain extent from North to South, no particular species stood out in high numbers, kingfish, little tunny, red drum, bluefish, spanish mackerel, spot, pompano, skates, stingrays, and a host of others were caught.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

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

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