OCEAN: Adverse weather limited fishing in all modes & locations this previous week with the exception of the 21st. Offshore fishing out of Hatteras marinas was good on the one available day with plenty of large specimen king mackerel and blackfin tuna caught by everyone, a few scattered wahoo, dolphin, and little tunny also hit the docks. No inshore activity was reported due to the foul weather element. North beach marinas were affected also with no activity.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: The day of opportunity yielded a few weakfish out of Sound in Hatteras-but most were undersize. Anglers fishing from Oregon Inlet northward did manage to limit out on striped bass in most cases with Roanoke & Croatan Sound having the highest success rates, a mixed bag of species were also caught in very low amounts.
PIERS/SHORE: Anglers fishing from shore had a tough time casting & keeping their rigs on bottom. Red drum are still being caught from Avon southward but with much less frequency, plenty of kingfish, skates, and rays for everyone. Fishing from the piers allowed the best access to the fish on a daily basis due to the rough seas, moderate-high numbers of kingfish (sea mullet) were reported even on the worst weather days. Low amounts of red drum, hake, spotted seatrout, weakfish, bluefish, spot, and a host of others were reported.
Brian A Melott
Recreational Port Agent
Division of Marine Fisheries
NC Department of Environmental Quality