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

Recreational Fishing Report 6 Dec 15

OCEAN:  The weather element continues to be an ongoing factor this time of year limiting fishing effort.  Hatteras anglers fishing offshore had moderate  success on favorable days with yellowfin & blackfin tuna being most prevalent along with a few scattered wahoo, king mackerel, and dolphin.  Bottom fishing was good with grouper, vermillion snapper, triggerfish, and blackbelly rosefish, nearshore activity was very low with little or nothing reported.  Northern marinas had similar results with the same species caught in lower amounts, a bright spot was three swordfish caught by one boat on an overnight trip.  Nearshore action was sparse with a few red drum, striped bass, and assorted others in very low amounts.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS:  Hatteras anglers are still catching a few red drum, flounder, and spotted seatrout but this has dropped off considerably and activity is low.  Anglers from Oregon Inlet northward continue to make striped bass their primary target with good results in most cases, keeper ratios are very much improved  as compared to the previously  mostly  undersize ones.  Roanoke & Croatan Sound catches are still the most consistent but a noted improvement has been experienced throughout the region.  Spotted seatrout catches have been fair, time of day is crucial with early morning hours yielding the bulk of the catches.  Black drum were caught around the pilings of the Oregon Inlet bridge when little else was available, a mixed bag of species was caught in low amounts throughout the area.

PIERS/SHORE:  Most of the piers are now closed for the season, anglers fishing from the shore had a tough time due to rough surf conditions. Anglers  targeting red drum have had a few good days from Avon southward-but this has been very limited due to unfavorable weather conditions.    Moderate amounts of spotted seatrout were caught on favorable  days- however most were undersize ones, scattered catches of black drum, bluefish, kingfish, skates and stingrays were also reported. 

Brian A Melott

Recreational Port Agent

Division of Marine Fisheries

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Outer Banks Recreational Fishing Report 29 Nov 15

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

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