Bluewater fisherman out of Hatteras should except good catches of sized dolphin. As July goes on, most of dolphin/mahi will be baller sized. These are smaller fish but still exciting to catch when they are swarming behind the boat. Marlin fishing is in the summer mode, blue marlin, sailfish and white marlin will all be released. Besides the dolphin anglers should see scattered yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna. Deep-water bottom fishing has been decent as well with tilefish, triggers and the occasional grouper.
Oregon Inlet: offshore
June hosted some of the best tuna fishing anyone can remember and it should continue on into July. Besides the great yellowfin tuna and bigeye action, dolphin will help fill in a day’s catch. Marlin fishing will be spotty but there can be always be a marlin swim in to make a lucky anglers day.
Oregon Inlet: near shore
Spanish mackerel are the main targets for the boats fishing out of Oregon Inlet in early-July. Besides Spanish, there should be some bluefish and small king mackerel. Amberjack will be around the wrecks and other structures a few miles off the beach. Spinner and blacktip sharks will also be caught by anglers who target them with chum.
Hatteras Inlet: near shore
Hatteras seashore is very similar to the fishing out of Oregon Inlet. Spanish mackerel will be the main target along with bluefish. Fishing near shore out of Hatteras Inlet there is always a chance of finding a school of big red drum.
Hatteras Sound Report
The excellent speckled trout and red drum fishing should continue in early-July. The red drum catches are both slot sized and some over the slot. The slot size is fish between 18-inches and 27-inches and anglers can keep one per person per day. Any red drum over 27-inches must be released unharmed.
Oregon Inlet Sound Report
As the summer heats up the speckled trout continue to bite. Flounder are also being taken around marsh points. All of these fish are being taken on soft plastic baits. Speckled tour must be over 14-inches to be a keeper and anglers can keep four (4) per person per day. Flounder must be 15-inches and bag limit is four (4) per person per day. There is a great App for your phone called Fish Rules App that will tell you the size and bag limits of all fish found in North Carolina coastal waters.
If you want to take a kid fishing why not try a head boat? They run half-day trip and bottom fish in the sounds. They typically catch sea mullet, croakers, blow toads and pigfish.
It is summer mode for the piers. Anglers can expect to see sea mullet, croakers and small spots. Trigger and spadefish can also be taken. Early in the morning and late evening on the end of the pier is a good time to fish for Spanish and bluefish. This applies to all of the piers up and down the Banks.
In the Sand: surf action
The surf action is stronger on Hatteras Island than on the northern beaches mainly to more consistent water temperatures. Anglers fishing in the sand will be looking for sea mullets, crackers, flounder, pompano and small bluefish. There will be a few puppy drum caught, as well. The most effective way to fish the surf is with bottom rigs and natural bait.