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