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 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

Recreational Fishing Report 25 Oct 15

OCEAN: Favorable weather conditions have finally let anglers access most water’s with good results in most cases. Offshore catches were good out of the north beach marina’s with high numbers of both blackfin & yellowfin tuna along with a few large wahoo and scattered dolphin, billfish releases were few. Hatteras/Ocracoke marina’s had a diverse assortment with plenty of large size blackfin tuna and amberjack, moderate amounts of citation size wahoo, and a few dolphin, yellowfin tuna, and occasional billfish. Anglers fishing deep water on bottom caught porgy, vermillion snapper, triggerfish and blackbelly rosefish. Nearshore/midrange fishing out of north beach marina’s continues to be good with plenty of bluefish being caught on most days, large specimens of striped bass and sheepshead were reported also along with moderate amounts of large over-slot red drum with a few large black drum mixed in as well. Assorted others were caught in low-moderate amounts including little tunny, black seabass, and spotted seatrout. Hatteras/Ocracoke fisherman have been delighted with the recent increase in spotted seatrout catches with favorable keeper ratios in most cases along with moderate amounts of weakfish mixed in on most outings. Flounder, bluefish, and puffers were also caught in low-moderate amounts.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Anglers in these water’s have primarily been targeting striped bass and spotted seatrout throughout the area with much improved success rates as compared to previously. Hatteras anglers are catching plenty of spotted seatrout in the sound”extending” in to the ocean with the best results in quite some time . Oregon Inlet northward offered some nice spotted seatrout action as well with the Roanoke sound once again producing the bulk of the catches in the early morning hours, red drum and legal size striped bass were also caught with much improved regularity. A host of others were caught in low amounts.

PIERS/BEACH: Most of these anglers have been trying to catch red drum with good results most of the time, small undersize up to large over-slot giants have been caught from Corolla to Ocracoke on a regular basis this past week with a few large black drum mixed in. Decent catches of bluefish, kingfish, puffer, spot, pinfish, pigfish, and silver perch offered fare for the dinner table when little else was available. Skates, rays, and both smooth & spiny dogfish were also reported.
Brian A. Melott
NCDENR
Marine Fisheries Tech II