There is an overwhelming amount of spots to fish along the Outer Banks. Narrow your search go to your local tackle shop, and sort out your options.
Good offshore should continue in June. Blackfin and Yellowfin tuna should be available in decent numbers. Besides the tuna, dolphin/mahi fishing should be excellent with gaffers (larger-sized) and ballers. These hard fighting beautiful gamefish are fun to catch and make wonderful table fare. Blue marlin and sailfish should be lurking around to make some lucky anglers day. Deep water bottom fishing should remain good with catches of vermillion snapper, grouper and triggerfish.
Oregon Inlet: Offshore
So far this June, anglers fishing offshore of Oregon Inlet have had unbelievable great tuna fishing. Both yellowfin and bigeye tuna ante been abundant. Anglers have also enjoyed excellent gaffer dolphin fishing. Gaffers dolphin get their name from the fact that the mate needs a gaff to get the dolphin into the boat.
Hatteras Inlet: Near Shore
Spanish Mackerel has been good- to excellent for anglers fishing along the beaches. Bluefish are also being caught while trolling for Spanish. There are still a few cobia around but not like during May.
Oregon Inlet: Near Shore
Weather and big swell — and hard northeast winds — have hampered fishing efforts, but the weather should return to normal soon, and bluefish and Spanish will be available to the boats trolling. There should be still some cobia moving north. Most cobia involves sight casting: Anglers ride around along the beaches or tide lines looking for cobia. They are brown-tan in color and show up fairly well when they are on the surface. Once spotted, anglers throw bucktail jigs in front of the cobia and try to entice a bite.
Blacktip and spinner shark fishing should be available. Both of these shark species are a blast on light tackle. Most of the sharks are win the 15- to 40 pound range with an occasional bigger fish.
Hatteras Sound Report
It is good time to fish the Pamlico Sound because there a wide variety of species is available. Speckled and puppy drum has been excellent. Puppy drum are the smaller version of the big red drum for which the Outer Banks is famous. Fishing for speckled trout, bluefish, puppy drum in the sounds is a fun, hands-on light tackle fishing.
Oregon Inlet Sound
Speckled trout fishing has been good to excellent in May and early-June and should continue. The daily bag limits on speckled trout is four fish more than 14 inches in length.
Besides the specks, anglers have been finding small undersized puppy drum and small stripers. Keeper size for red drum or puppy drum is 18- to 27 inches in length. Only fish that fall into that slot size can be kept, and all others must be returned unharmed. Daily bag limit for red drum or puppy drum in one fish per day, per angler.
Avon Pier reports slots of spots and some flounder, and this should continue, but also add sea mullet to the mix. On the end of the pier, Spanish mackerel and bluefish should be biting early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Rodanthe is catching pretty much the same species. The piers on the north beaches are catching spot, croakers, puppy drum and some bluefish. As is the case off all the piers, this will change daily
In the Sand: Surf Action
Last week, surf action was hampered by strong northeast winds and huge swell, making the lives of surf fisherman tough, if not almost impossible. When the seas die down, there should be puppy drum available, as well as bluefish and sea mullet. On Hatteras beaches, look for sea mullet, spot, flounder and croakers.
Capt. Brian Horsley is recognized as pioneer of salt water fly fishing in the Mid-Atlantic region. A published author and photographer, he and his wife, Capt. Sarah Gardner, own and operate Outer Banks Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Charters (outerbanksflyfishing.com).