OCEAN: It’s been a great week of fishing with plenty of assorted species being caught. Offshore catches out of the Hatteras marina’s primarily consisted of high numbers of all size dolphin. Billfish action was very good with sailfish, blue & white marlin, and one swordfish reported. The blackfin tuna bite has backed off a bit but a few citation one’s are still being caught along with a few scattered yellowfin tuna and wahoo. Nearshore anglers scored bigtime with the arrival of cobia, citation size specimens were caught on a daily basis along with plenty of spanish mackerel and moderate amounts of bluefish and atlantic bonito. Anglers fishing out of Oregon Inlet had favorable results also with dolphin dominating their catches as well. Billfish catches were on an upward trend with all types caught. Assorted tuna’s were caught in moderate amounts including yellowfin, blackfin, and bigeye. Nearshore fisherman enjoyed limits of bluefish and spanish mackerel on most outings along with moderate amounts of cobia.
INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Fishing success in these waters has finally made a significant improvement, very large sea mullet have been caught throughout the region in high amounts, spot, pigfish, pinfish, spotted seatrout and seemingly endless amounts of undersize striped bass were also reported. Anglers fishing off of the “Little Bridge” and underneath of the Washington Baum bridge caught some very large black drum, along with some decent spotted seatrout in the early morning hours.
PIERS/BEACH: Catches were fair from North to South, bluefish made up the bulk of the catch along with moderate amounts of sea mullet and puffers. anglers fishing from Avon southward continue to catch large specimens of pompano and sheepshead along with a few red drum of all sizes, a mixed bag of other species were caught in low amounts.
Brian A Melott
Recreational Port Agent
Division of Marine Fisheries
NC Department of Environmental Quality