Recreational Fishing Report 21 Aug 16

Recreational Fishing Report 21 Aug 16

OCEAN:  Offshore success has slowed somewhat from the previous week, catches out of Ocracoke & Hatteras were diverse but total catch numbers were low.  Wahoo, dolphin, and  blackfin tuna were most common along with a few billfish releases.  Bottom fishing in deep water’s yielded blueline tilefish, triggerfish and a few amberjack.  Nearshore action was a bit more consistent with bluefish and spanish mackerel an almost guaranteed catch on most trips along with a few sheepshead, weakfish, spot, cobia, and over-slot red drum.  Offshore anglers heading out of Oregon Inlet had somewhat better catches offshore with limits of both dolphin and blueline tilefish on a daily basis along with a few scattered wahoo and both yellow & blackfin tuna.  Nearshore fishing was fair-good on most days, limits of spotted seatrout were caught on some trips along with a few citation size cobia.  Amberjack, black seabass, little tunny, and assorted others were caught in low amounts.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Fishing these waters has yielded limited success in the Hatteras region, over-slot size red drum have been caught in high numbers with a mixed bag of species caught in very low amounts.  Northern area catches have been better, flounder have been the primary target of most anglers due to the much improved keeper ratios.  Bodie Island light/Off Island access has been the hot spot for doormat specimens, access can be tough with shallow water areas near shorelines yielding the best catches.  Moderate amounts of black seabass, sea robin, croaker, lizardfish, pinfish, pigfish, puffer, spot, and assorted sharks were also caught.

PIERS/BEACH:  I won’t glorify this into something it’s not-things have been slow indeed from North to South with only a few bluefish, spanish mackerel, kingfish, croaker, spot, and pompano being reported along with various others in low amounts.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 23 Nov 15

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

OUTER BANKS RECREATIONAL FISHING REPORT 15 NOV 15

OCEAN:  Offshore fishing was limited until mid week due to rough sea’s, when anglers out of the Hatteras marinas finally got to go they had a field day on king mackerel with citation size specimens caught by almost everyone targeting them.  High numbers of blackfin tuna have been caught on a regular basis along with a few dolphin, wahoo, and atlantic bonito.  North beach marinas had to wait for favorable conditions also, catches were low- moderate but diverse with dolphin, wahoo, little tunny, atlantic bonito, and both blackfin & yellowfin tuna.  Inshore success in Hatteras was very good indeed with limits of keeper  red drum on most outings along with plenty of both under & over size ones, flounder, spotted seatrout, and a few Spanish mackerel were also reported.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Hatteras anglers have been catching red drum in the sound also but keeper ratios have been less than favorable, spotted seatrout and flounder have been caught on a much improved basis- along with a few spanish mackerel also.  North beach marinas offered anglers some great striped bass fishing with limits in most cases along with plenty of throw-backs.  Sheepshead, little tunny, and spotted seatrout were also caught in low-moderate amounts.

PIERS/SHORE:  The beaches have been packed with anglers targeting red drum-especially from Avon southward to Ocracoke, success has been mostly dependent on when you are there with some days producing high numbers of giant over slot specimens while other days reported no fish at all.  Striped bass have been caught in the extreme North beach area from the Virginia border southward to Southern Shores.    Bluefish, black drum, and spotted seatrout have been caught on fairly  consistent basis from North to South along with a host of others in low amounts including flounder, weakfish, Spanish mackerel, puffer, black drum, pigfish, pinfish, hake,  skates & stingrays.


Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 8 Nov 15

OCEAN:  The past weeks favorable weather has offered good fishing in all modes.  Offshore catches from the North beach marinas have included limits of dolphin on most outings along with a few but very large wahoo specimens, moderate amounts of both blackfin & yellowfin tuna and a few billfish were also reported.  Hatteras anglers did well also with plenty of citation size blackfin tuna, a noted increase in king mackerel catches offered citation size specimens as well.  Large size wahoo and a few scattered dolphin and yellowfin tuna were also caught.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Anglers fishing these water’s from Oregon Inlet northward have caught high numbers of weakfish with relative ease, unfortunately most were undersize.  Striped bass catches were much improved this previous week  with limits caught by almost everyone targeting them, Roanoke and Croatan  Sound continue to yield the bulk of the catch but anglers report much improved keeper ratios throughout the area.  Bluefish, puffer, little tunny, and black seabass were also caught in moderation.  Hatteras anglers caught plenty of red drum in the 18″-27″ legal slot range along with a few very large one’s , spotted seatrout and flounder were also caught in moderate amounts offering some good dinner fare when little else was available.

PIERS/SHORE:  A mixed bag of species have been caught, striped bass are now being caught off of the  Northern beaches from the Virginia border southward to the Southern Shores area with some 28″ > legal ones being reported.  Seemingly endless amounts of spotted seatrout have been caught everywhere but keeper ratios were less than favorable.  Little tunny- (false albacore), bluefish, sea mullet, black drum, puffer, and both smooth & spiny dogfish were also caught in low-moderate amounts.  Anglers fishing from Avon southward continue to catch giant over-slot red drum along with black drum, cownose rays,  and plenty of both varieties of dogfish sharks.


Brian A. Melott
NCDENR
Marine Fisheries Tech II

Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 1 Nov 15

OCEAN: Offshore action continues to be good, anglers out of the Hatteras marinas caught plenty of citation size wahoo-one specimen weighed in at 92lbs! with most specimens in the 50lb + category. Moderate amounts of blackfin tuna along with a few scattered dolphin and billfish releases were also reported. Wreck fishing yielded decent catches of triggerfish, vermillion snapper, and blackbelly rosefish. Nearshore anglers caught quite a few red drum but most were over-slot one’s along with spotted seatrout and assorted sharks. Anglers out of the North beach marina’s had similar success with moderate amounts of wahoo hitting the docks, a few citation size ones were reported. Dolphin and both blackfin & yellowfin tuna were caught on a consistent basis along with a few king mackerel on some occasions. Nearshore anglers have been catching plenty of striped bass but keeper ratios have been less than desirable. Large sheepshead and a few little tunny and bluefish were also reported.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: A mixed bag of species have been caught in these waters, most anglers have been targeting striped bass and spotted seatrout with mixed results. Striped bass catches continue to improve throughout the region with the Roanoke Sound leading the way with the most consistent catches, time of day is crucial with early morning hours being most productive dropping off sharply afterwards. Spotted seatrout catches have followed a similar pattern with early morning & evening proving best, unlike the striped bass catches that were concentrated in one area the spotted seatrout were caught almost everywhere with keeper specimens in most cases. A host of others were caught in low-moderate amounts including flounder, sea robin, puffer, croaker, pigfish, pinfish, and kingfish.

PIERS/SHORE: The red drum catch continues to be good from North to South, anglers from Avon southward caught high numbers of very large over-slot specimens. Large size black drum have been caught in the backwash of the surf zone with plenty of puffers and citation size sea mullet mixed in on most outings. Anglers have reported catching bluefish and spotted seatrout on very productive/ short -term basis if you were lucky enough to have a line in the water when they were biting. A mixed bag of species were also caught in low-moderate amounts.

Brian A. Melott
NCDENR
Marine Fisheries Tech II