OCEAN: The weather element continues to be a factor in all modes and at all locations, favorable days however were productive in most cases. Offshore anglers out of Hatteras locations continue to catch high numbers of blackfin tuna along with moderate amounts of citation size wahoo & king mackerel, scattered dolphin, barracuda, little tunny, and amberjack were also reported. Offshore fishing out of the marinas from Oregon Inlet northward had success as well with plenty of citation size wahoo being reported along with decent catches of both yellow & blackfin tuna. Nearshore action out of Hatteras was awesome with limits of red drum and spotted seatrout on most outings, anglers from Oregon Inlet northward caught the same species but in much lesser amounts.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: These anglers have reported inconsistent catches with some days yielding limits of several species and other days not even getting a bite. Hatteras fisherman had similar success to the nearshore anglers with limits of red drum and spotted seatrout on most trips along with a few bluefish and flounder mixed in. Anglers fishing from Oregon Inlet northward have been primarily targeting striped bass with very good success rates in most cases, Croatan & Roanoke Sound continue to be the traditional high volume producers with Manns Harbor and the Washington Baum Bridge being the epicenters of this fishery, early morning and late evening have yielded the best catches. Moderate amounts of spotted seatrout were caught throughout the region along with a host of others in low amounts.
PIERS/SHORE: Nothing in particular/everything in general is the best way to describe this fishing. Very large kingfish (sea mullet) were caught on adverse weather days when little else was available. Favorable days produced plenty of flounder and spotted seatrout however most were undersize, a mixed bag of species was also caught in low amounts including both red & black drum, silver perch, puffer, smooth & spiny dogfish, pinfish, pigfish, skates, and stingrays.
Brian A Melott
Recreational Port Agent
Division of Marine Fisheries
NC Department of Environmental Quality