Outer Banks Fishing Reports courtesy

TW’s Bait and Tackle

 Brian A. Melott from NCDENR.

Sunday, 11/29/20

Outer Banks Fishing Report Please send all questions and pictures to [email protected]. We’ve recently received notice that customer emails have not been received. If you’ve provided recent catches and they have not been posted, please try resending.

As mentioned previously, we will continue to release updated reports, particularly as the conditions change. We’ll return to posting daily in the Spring.

Surf Fishing Report: Winds have remained moderate for the last few days with a good variety of fish being caught from the surf. Current conditions are ESE at 6-7 knots with the wind picking up to 16 knots around 11:00pm and lasting until late Wednesday before things improve for both Thursday and Friday. Quality Puppy Drum, Black Drum Sheepshead and Trout are continuing to be reported from Kitty Hawk all the way to Hatteras and being caught on fresh cut mullet and shrimp.

Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway continues to have finicky success with some fishing at just the right time and reporting success while at other times all on the bridge have struggled. Both kayakers and boaters fishing on the west side of Wanchese/Manteo and around the marinas are reporting a very good striper bite with both trolling and casting heavy Rat-L-Traps.

Pier Fishing Report:

Avalon: Trout, Sea Mullet and Pufferfish.

Nags Head: Sea Mullet and Black Drum.

Jennette’s: Sea Mullet, Trout and occasional Blues.

Outer Banks: Sea Mullet and Black Drum.

Inshore: both Sea Bass and Albacore catches have been reported from visiting customers who have been happy with recent charter trips.

Daily Catches:

Loreigh Akers – Kill Devil Hills – Slot Black Drum – Fresh Shrimp

Matthew Kaufman – Mile Post 10– 24″ Red Drum (no photo)

Nelson Curtis – Nags Head – 24″ Red Drum – TW’s Cut Mullet

Marcus Clutter – Little Bridge – Trout

Brian Slaughter – Richmond, VA – KDH Surf – Combo Drums

Chris McGuffin – Manns Harbor Bridge – Striper

Black Drum – Corolla – Fishbites

Jeremy Fisher – KDH Surf – Black Drum – Fishbites

Tuesday, November 24th

Outer Banks Fishing Report . With the season beginning to slow, updates from our fans are quieting but we’ll continue to provide updates as information is passed along. Please look to see reports begin to occur on an every-other-day basis.

Surf Fishing Report: Winds cool and breezy this morning with tough beach conditions for those looking to hold bottom rigs in place. Winds are NNE between 13-15knots. Conditions will improve greatly this afternoon and throughout the week.

Today’s afternoon winds should settle to 6 knots and shift to ENE.

Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway has had spotty success with puppy drum and trout.

Pier Fishing Report:

Avalon: Early morning / late night Trout, Sea Mullet and Pufferfish.

Nags Head: Sea Mullet and Black Drum.

Jennette’s: Sea Mullet, Trout and occasional Blues.

Outer Banks: Sea Mullet and Black Drum.

Inshore Boats/nearshore Report: Boaters and kayakers are reporting some success of Stripers in the Manns Harbor bridge area.

High Tide 3:00pm / Low Tide 9:30pm.

Daily Catches:

Sara Leng of Manteo – Manteo Festival Park – Catfish on Fishbites

Brent Crush of Virginia – Little Bridge – Sea Trout

Mikey Sabadic of Outer Banks – Citation Sea Trout

Saturday, 11/21/20

Outer Banks Fishing Report . Surf Fishing Report: Winds are light and variable this morning with water temp 61 and clean water with solid trout fishing all along the beach and drum still being caught with fresh cut and finger mullet.  Majority of trout catches are occurring on soft plastics and mirrolures with nice citations being caught throughout the week. Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported having a good a continued run of trout with stripers being caught in nearby areas from boaters. Pier Fishing Report:
  • Avalon: Early Morning Trout, Sea Mullet and Pufferfish.
  • Nags Head: Sea Mullet, Black Drum and nice sightings of Albacore busting off the end of the pier.
  • Jennette’s: Sea Mullet and Trout.
  • Outer Banks: Sea Mullet and Black Drum.
Inshore Boats/nearshore Report: The inshore fisherman are continuing to catch good numbers of Striper and Puppy Drum near the inlet while Drum and Trout fishing continues to be outstanding within the sound.  Additionally, good Kingfish bites has been occurring further south down towards Hatteras. The Miss Hatteras has had great luck throughout the week. Offshore Boats Report: The fleets are routinely returning with nice catches of Yellowfin, Wahoo and Black fin.
Hampton Sylvia

27″ Red Drum

Monday, 11/16/20

Outer Banks Fishing Report
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Surf Fishing Report:
We are starting the week with one of our perfect Outer Banks days and it is suppose to last through Sunday. How lucky are we? The wind is NW my favorite for catching Drum. Just find a good slough and drop a line. Drum are bottom feeders and they will take most anything you throw at them. Having said all that I was just told the water is really murky this morning.
The point had lots of Shark and they were also scattered up and down. Sea Mullet was on the north side of the Island and Bob Pittman had a beautiful catch of nice size Mullet. I would love to have some of those buggers. Drum and Bluefish were caught as well. We had beautiful Trout and Drum on this side of the Inlet. Also some Bluefish, Black Drum, Sea Mullet.

Sound Fishing Report:
The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported having a good run of Trout with some anglers catching their limits.

Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Sea Mullet and Dogfish.
Nags Head: Sea Mullet.
Jennette’s: Slow.
Outer Banks: Sea Mullet and Black Drum.

Inshore Boats/nearshore Report:
The inshore fleet fished and caught good numbers of Striper and Puppy Drum. Inshore Drum and Trout fishing continues to be outstanding.

Offshore Boats Report:
The fleet manage to to get backed to catching meat fish, Yellowfin, Wahoo and Black fin.

The winds are NWE at 10 and the water temp is 64 degrees. Sunny, light winds, small choppy surf.

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Sunday, 11/15/20

Outer Banks Fishing Report
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Surf Fishing Report:
Hatteras Island reported Sea Mullet in the Buxton area. Lots of shark at the point with some puppy Drum. Ramp 55 had Puppy Drum. This side of the bridge Trout, Drum And Black Drum were biting. Kitty Hawk was the hot spot.

Sound Fishing Report:
The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported catching Trout.

Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Lots of little Trout.
Nags Head: Mullet and nice Trout.
Jennette’s: Bluefish, Trout and Sea Mullet.
Outer Banks: Trout, Black Drum, and plenty Puffers which is unusual for this time of the year.

Inshore Boats/nearshore Report:
Trout fishing is good in the sound.

Offshore Boats Report:
No report.

The winds are SE at 14 and the water temp is 64 degrees. Mostly sunny, breezy, small choppy swells.

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Friday, 11/13/20

Outer Banks Fishing Report
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Surf Fishing Report:
We have a dismal looking day. We know when Eta moves on the fishing will be good again. I understand there was a big bite of slot and citation size drum at the point early Thursday morning just before Eta. This is a good day to roam through the store and see what new merchandise is coming in. We have the holidays coming up.
The boats are not sailing again today, but the pier Jockeys are out. All the piers are catching Sea Mullet and Jennette’s added small Puppy Drum to the report.
The weather is suppose to break later today. Today is Friday the 13th. Anyone superstitious?

The winds are N at 16 and the water temp is 66 degrees. Morning showers, breezy, rough Ocean.

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Thursday, 11/12/20

Outer Banks Fishing Report

Surf Fishing Report:
Hatteras Island had Puppy Drum and Sea Mullet. Jason Gregory caught an Albie from the point. It happens. We have Drum, Trout and Black Drum on the north beaches. Coleman Holland bagged a deer in Southampton County. Getting pictures from hunters gives me a chance to remind everyone we have a good supply of hunting supplies and clothing.
We are expecting heavy rainfall as the remnants of Eta passes off the coast into Friday. A cold front is expected to cross the area this afternoon and a stronger cold front will push across Monday.
Nothing happening this morning to write about. The winds stuck around another day so our offshore fleet docked for another day.

The winds are SSE at 11 and the water temp is 66 degrees. Heavy rain, breezy, med swells.

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Wednesday, 11/11/20

Outer Banks Fishing Report

Surf Fishing Report:
There were a few Bluefish, Puppy Drum and Sea Mullet caught on the Island and some Trout, Puppy Drum and Sea Mullet scattered on the North beaches. There was a Big Trout bite in S. Nags Head late afternoon yesterday and early morning today.
I have my regular every year big hunt picture from Doug Woods. He has sent a picture, sometimes 2 every year for many years. It is not always a deer but this is a beaut.

Sound Fishing Report:
The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported catching Trout and Puppy Drum this morning.

Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Sea Mullet.
Nags Head: Trout, some keepers.
Jennette’s: Small Trout.
Outer Banks: Trout, Black Drum and small Spot.

Inshore Boats/nearshore Report:
No fishing report.

Offshore Boats Report:
The fleet stayed in the creek again.

The winds are SSE at 13 and the water temp is 66 degrees. Mostly sunny, showers likely, pleasant winds, small swells.

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Tuesday, 11/10/ 20

Outer Banks Fishing Report
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Surf Fishing Report:
Another beautiful day on this sand bar and a good beach day.
Hatteras Island reported scattered Sea Mullet and Drum with a few Bluefish. We have the same with some Trout & Black Drum added in.

Sound Fishing Report:
The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported catching Stripers and Drum.

Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Trout, some keepers and Bluefish.
Nags Head: Trout, Mullet, Drum, Bluefish and Black Drum.
Jennette’s: Bluefish and Trout. Loads of Jelly fish around the pier.
Outer Banks: Puppy Drum & Mullet.

Inshore Boats/nearshore Report:
Inshore anglers reported nice size Stripers. Drum and Speckle Trout are plentiful in the sounds.

Offshore Boats Report:
The Off shore fleet had a more than fair day catching Yellowfin, Blackfin and Wahoo.

The winds are ESE at 4 and the water temp is 64 degrees. Mostly sunny, no wind, small swells.

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