Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 25 Sep 16

Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 25 Sep 16

OCEAN:  The beginning of the Autumn season has offered good fishing results for the most part.  Offshore anglers out of Hatteras had a great week of billfishing with exclusively sailfish for the most part caught in very high numbers.  Fishing for “table fare” offered moderate amounts of wahoo, dolphin, and both yellow & blackfin tuna.  Bottom fishing in deep water was good with amberjack, triggerfish, and vermillion snapper being most common.  Nearshore fishing was next to non-existent due to low catch rates and better opportunities elsewhere.  Offshore fishing out of Oregon inlet yielded limits of both dolphin and yellowfin tuna on most outings, moderate amounts of wahoo,  blackfin tuna , and assorted billfish were also caught to make up  a great day of fishing.  Nearshore catches seemed to be one extreme or the other, good days provided plenty of both bluefish and spanish mackerel along with a few little tunny (false albacore).

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Fishing in these water’s continues to improve, anglers fishing the south region had plenty of diversity in their catch with red drum of all sizes being caught in high numbers along with moderate amounts of spotted seatrout and bluefish, a few spanish mackerel and weakfish were also caught.  Northern region catches included various species as well, limits of spotted seatrout was almost a daily occurrence with early morning hours being most consistent.  Moderate amounts of bluefish, spanish mackerel, red drum, and little tunny along with a few other’s in low amounts including cobia, black seabass, pigfish, pinfish, kingfish, croaker, flounder, and weakfish were also caught.

PIERS/BEACH:  Everything in general & nothing in particular is the best way to describe this fishing from North to South with low-moderate amounts of kingfish, black drum, red drum, bluefish, croaker, pompano, spot, spanish mackerel, silver perch, and a mixed bag of other’s.

Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Outer Banks Events Dec 2015


DEC 03, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone: 252-261-2756
Email: [email protected]

The 2nd Annual Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge will be held on Thursday, December 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk. Outer Banks Chefs will compete in this exciting and fun-filled event for the title of Outer Banks Chef of the Year! Each chef will have 60 minutes to create a delicious appetizer, dessert, or entree’ based upon a list of everyday food items that are distributed by the Beach Food Pantry. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite chefs by using and purchasing Culinary Coins, and the chef receiving the most votes will take home the title! So come prepared to have fun and participate in the competition by voting for your favorite chef or chefs! Event goers will also be able to sample signature dishes provided by the chefs and their restaurants, bid on great prize baskets, and enjoy festive holiday music from a host of Outer Banks musicians.


DEC 03, 2015

59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943
Phone: 252-986-2995
Email: [email protected]

An interdisciplinary team from East Carolina University is investigating a set of diverse maritime cultural sites in the Wilmington area that represent either a preservation risk or a potential resource to be showcased for heritage tourism. Case studies include a historic lighthouse, boathouse, wharves, coastal confederate earthworks, plantation and Civil War shipwrecks, fish houses, and Native American riverine sites. Presenter: Dr. Lynn Harris, Program in Maritime Studies, East Carolina University. Free program. 11 a.m. The program will also be streamed LIVE during a 6 p.m. online presentation at http://csi.northcarolina.edu/ustream. For more information, call 252-986-2995 or email [email protected] Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, N.C. 27943. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.


DEC 03, 2015 – DEC 05, 2015

Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

This 3-day event to raise money for Outer Banks Hotline includes a visit with Santa, children’s activities, and an auction of decorated Christmas trees at the Outer Banks Brewing Station.


DEC 05, 2015

1200 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949
Phone: 252-255-1286
Email: [email protected]

Join the Town of Duck on Saturday, December 5, 2015, for a town-wide celebration of family-friendly Yuletide cheer! The 5th Annual Duck Yuletide Celebration takes place on the Duck Town Green (1200 Duck Road) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy live holiday tunes by Just Playn’ Dixieland, carolers from First Flight High School choir, Santa’s arrival on the Duck Fire truck, and the lighting of the Town Crab Pot Tree. Donations will be accepted for the Outer Banks SPCA and Food for Thought in exchange for light treats donated by Duck businesses.


DEC 05, 2015

510 Budleigh St., Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-7336

Manteo Preservation Trust’s 11th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes will be held December 5, 2015. Outer Banks Distilling, located at 510 Budleigh St., is this year’s reception site/starting point for the tour. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at Outer Banks Distilling the day of the tour beginning at noon. Holiday Tour of Homes begins at 1pm and ends at 7pm. For more information call Grizelle Fearing at 252-473-7336.


DEC 05, 2015

1 Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954

Indoor Theatre. Gather ‘round as actors with Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC. Recreates Victorian England in this beloved retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Join Old Scrooge, bumbling Bob Cratchit, one hilarious beggar woman and all the delightful ghostly visitors in this heartwarming tale of friendship and generosity. An unsuspecting student even has the opportunity to join our actors on stage in the role of Tiny Tim! Audiences of all ages are enthralled in this sweet tale.Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at Ticket Sales at RIFP or the day of the event. Ages 5 and under are free.


DEC 05, 2015

1 Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954

Indoor Theatre. Carols, Santa and Christmas Galore! The spirit of the most wonderful time year is overflowing in this hysterical Christmas-wrapped comedy brought to us by Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC. Two hilarious and lovable elves, Scrunchie and Bangles, have accidentally misplaced some of Santa’s presents. When Santa finds out about the mishap, he teaches the well-meaning elves that the real gift of the season are the people and friends we celebrate it with. Packed full of sing-a-long tunes, this show is the perfect way to get audiences of all ages into the Christmas spirit! Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at Ticket Sales at RIFP or the day of the event. Ages 5 and under are free.


DEC 05, 2015

, Duck, NC 27949

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Before heading to the Duck Yuletide Celebration, stroll around town for the Great Yuletide Elf Hunt organized by the Duck Merchants Association from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pick up a “passport” and find the hidden elf at participating retailers, get a stamp/sticker, then turn in your passport at the Town Green between 3:30-4 p.m. (just before Santa’s arrival) to receive a fun gift. Adults have the chance to enter a raffle to win one of five gift baskets from Tommy’s Market (each valued over $100).


DEC 04, 2015 – DEC 06, 2015

100 Conservation Way, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-216-9464

Over 100 birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history trips, tours and programs offer something to interest everyone. Participants come from all over America and the world to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the amazing wildlife.

For the first time, we have extended Wings Over Water to include one winter weekend of trips in December, called WOW Encore. This is in hopes of increasing the possibility of seeing larger groups of migratory birds and waterfowl. All WOW Encore Programs take place on National Wildlife Refuges only.


DEC 11, 2015

Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Rodanthe, NC 27968

The Friday Promenade on the sidewalk in Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Along the sidewalk, villagers & businesses will be serving hot drinks & other goodies. Walk, jog, ride a bike, skate the sidewalk. Bring flashlights and/or wear lights to light the way.


DEC 12, 2015

59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943
Phone: 252-986-2995
Email: [email protected]

Children and adults alike will marvel at Winter Wonderland train display by master model builder Charlie Klein. There will be a children’s holiday craft table, letters to Santa (almost certainly to receive a reply from Santa) and a professional puppet show. Live entertainment will be provided by local choral groups, individual performances by local musicians as well as professional musical entertainment throughout the day. Refreshments will include a variety of hot soups, ham biscuits, holiday cookies and punch. There will be multi-themed fully decorated holiday trees, and shoppers will continue to receive an additional 5 percent off purchases when they bring a donation for the food bank. Enjoy the Museum’s new floral theme to the displays with fresh flowers and greenery. Holiday decorations will be for sale at modest prices or at cost. The event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. 12 Noon to 5 p.m.


DEC 12, 2015

Hatteras Village , Hatteras, NC 27943

Email: [email protected]

The parade begins at Teach’s Lair Marina and continues up Highway 12 to the Hatterasman Drive-In. Locals and tourists park along the route and get out to cheer on the floats, fire trucks, bike, horses, motorcycles, emergency and Coast Guard vehicles, bands, and, of course, Santa Claus. Please join us immediately following for cookies and cocoa at the Hatteras Village Community Building for the announcement of winners.


DEC 12, 2015

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton, NC 27920

Join us for a FREE winter climb of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Children must be at least 42″ tall to climb the lighthouse. Children under 12 must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old.

Climbing the lighthouse is strenuous. Climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is equivalent to climbing a 12-story building.

For more information on what to expect, check the park website: http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/lighthouseclimbs.htm.


DEC 12, 2015

1140 US Highway 64, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-6500
Email: [email protected]

10am – 4pm. St. Nicholas arrives by an ox-drawn wagon, giving wagon rides around the farm’s trails from 10am-12pm. Warm your self by a crackling fire in farmhouse and help decorate the family Christmas tree. Enjoy a reading of the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” at 2pm. Visit with the farm’s animals, make your own bee’s wax candle to take home, and sample 19th-century foods prepared over a fire in the farm’s cookhouse.


MAR 04, 2015 – DEC 16, 2015

Light Plant Road, Buxton, NC 27920
Phone: 252-995-4253

Bingo games are held on alternate Wednesdays in the winter then every Wednesday beginning mid-May. Games begin at 7 p.m. at the Anglers Club social hall, located on the left at the end of Light Plant Road in Buxton. Light Plant Road is directly across Hwy. 12 from Conner’s Supermarket. The anglers club is a non-profit organization, and proceeds from the Bingo nights are used for our scholarship fund and other local non-profit activities. Doors open at 6:00 PM, Bingo Starts Promptly at 7:00 PM. Cash prizes. Soft drinks, hot dogs, popcorn and candy available. Free coffee.


DEC 17, 2015

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic flight to remember, reflect and celebrate this day long anniversary tribute of the Wright Brother’s first flight.


DEC 19, 2015

5543 N. Croatan Hwy , Southern Shores, NC 27949
Phone: 252-489-8239
Email: [email protected]

Break away from the pack and enjoy the Holiday season in this fast and fun race. RunCations is proud to Partner with the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the Town of Southern Shores to bring you a Grand Holiday tradition.

Enjoy a Winter morning on the Outer Banks as we run Oceanside through the quaint town of Southern Shores. Choose your stride and participate in the 10k Loop or Out & Back 5k. Bring out the kids to join the Little Elf ¼ Mile or Jingle Jog 1 Mile. Highlights include visits from Santa and his Elves, the Festivus Pole, Breakfast, and Everyone gets a Custom Finisher Medal and Event Shirt.


DEC 19, 2015

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-3234
Email: [email protected]

Young hatchlings ages 6-12 years are invited to spend an afternoon going bird-crazy. Kids will hear the story Merry Christmas, Merry Crow by Kathi Appelt – a wonderful tale of a treasure-gathering crow. This bird finds treasures wherever he flies and ends up decorating a tree with found items. After story time kids will enjoy making bird feeders from things like an orange to a pine cone and create edible ornaments for birds. Children will learn about local bird found in the gardens and their natural habit. Kids will enjoy a healthy lunch and watch a movie about birds. Parents enjoy an afternoon of free time. Participation limited to 20.


DEC 20, 2015

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-3234
Email: [email protected]

The Elizabethan Gardens has yet again arranged for Santa to join them at their WinterLights this December. And families can have dinner with the man of the hour on December 20 at The Gardens. “What we enjoy most about Dinner with Santa is how comfortable the kids become with Santa,” remarked Carl Curnutte, executive director of The Elizabethan Gardens. “Younger children have a chance to interact with Santa and their family. It’s truly just magical.” Along with one-on-one time with Santa, this dinner is a package deal creating memories for a lifetime. Guest have time to visit with Santa and enjoy the lights and sights of WinterLights- a million-light spectacle that turns the winter garden into an illuminated wonderland. A professional photographer will be on hand capturing candid photos for purchase. Santa will bring gifts for the little ones. Seating is limited call The Gardens today to reserve your spot. For info, details or tickets call 252-473-3234.


APR 03, 2015 – DEC 25, 2015

Historic Downtown Manteo, Manteo, NC 27954

First Friday is a fun-filled, family-oriented street festival held the first Friday of each month, April through December from 6 to 8 p.m. in Historic Downtown Manteo along the Waterfront. The sidewalks pulse with live music, magic, artisans, period-dressed actors, a rock climbing wall and much more. Tantalizing aromas waft from the kitchens of the Waterfront’s diverse eateries. Many shops and restaurants do individual celebrations inside their establishments, offering their own live music, unique merchandise, special sales and light refreshments. Make a day of it on Roanoke Island by visiting our attractions, shops, and art galleries. Enjoy diverse recreational activities for all ages. Then, join us downtown for our First Friday celebration and finish the day with a delicious food and drink experience. Our First Friday celebrations are a great time to explore downtown Manteo. See you there!


NOV 17, 2015 – DEC 31, 2015

Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Featured on The Today Show and HGTV, this Outer Banks tradition is a must-see. This Christmas light spectacular takes 12 weeks to set up and over $3,500 in energy bills every month.Viewing of the Poulos Family Christmas lights is held through December 31st.


DEC 02, 2015 – JAN 23, 2016

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-3234
Email: [email protected]

Lights, floral delights, holiday sights and other events are part of a month-long spectacle called WinterLights at The Elizabethan Gardens held December 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23, 26,30 (Tuesdays thru Saturdays) January 2,8,9,15,16,22,23 (Fridays and Saturdays) from 6pm-9pm. (Closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and January 1.) Please Note: This event is out of doors and subject to cancellation due to weather. If weather appears threatening, please call ahead or check the website for details. Please Note: This event is out of doors and subject to cancellation due to weather. If weather appears threatening, please call ahead or check the website for details: 252-473-3234, elizabethangardens.org

Recreational Fishing Report 10 Oct 15

OCEAN:  Offshore anglers have been denied access for quite a while due to the recent storm, the first few post-storm trips have offered Hatteras fisherman limits of dolphin, citation size wahoo, and scattered black & yellowfin  tuna- along with a few sailfish releases.  The North beach marina’s were glad to be fishing again as well and limits of dolphin along with moderate amounts of both yellow & blackfin tuna .  Inshore fishing offered Hatteras anglers high volume amounts of spotted seatrout, unfortunately keeper ratios were poor.  Red drum catches were very good with a full spectrum of sizes from the very small to the over-slot giants.  Anglers out of the North beach marinas caught high numbers of bluefish along with moderate amounts of Spanish mackerel mixed in, a few spotted seatrout and stingrays were also reported.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Fishing is recovering in these waters as well, recent flooding limiting access.  Post storm trips did offer some satisfaction after a long down- time with a mixed bag of species in low-moderate amounts including some very large kingfish-( sea mullet) along with flounder, black seabass, croaker, spot, and puffer.  Anglers fishing the Roanoke Sound  off of the “Little Bridge” and underneath of the Washington Baum” Bridge caught limits of striped bass along with a few spotted seatrout.

PIERS/SHORE:  Anglers fishing off of beaches were very limited as well, when sea’s subsided by mid-week a varied amount of species were caught- some short-term bluefish blitzes occurred along with some very large black drum and sea mullet.  Fisherman reported a host of other species including spotted seatrout, croaker, puffer, red drum, skates & rays. Pier anglers were the only one’s that did fish during the storm to a small extent-a few red drum & dogfish sharks were caught by those that toughed out the adverse weather conditions, catches after the storm were the same as the surf-casters.

Brian A. Melott
Marine Fisheries Tech II