Overall, the fishing from the past week has been slow to down right dismal. Things are slowly getting back to normal after the monsoon of late-July. The Outer Banks had around 20 inches of rain in less than two weeks. Between the wind and the rain, it has knocked our fishing for a loop. Things are slowly improving, as the weather stabilizes
The boats are bringing home good to fair catches of dolphin. A few gaffer-sized dolphin and limits of bailers are making their way back to the dock. Besides dolphin, a few wahoo. The marlin action is still good, with almost daily catches of blue marlin sailfish, and few white marlin.
Oregon Inlet Offshore
Mid-summer catches are often catches are a mix of dolphin, yellowfin tuna and wahoo. Recent offshore action has been slow with bailer dolphin and blackfin tuna. Dolphin make up the majority of the catches, with bailers-size the most prevalent. Some boats are deep dropping for tilefish and the occasional snowy grouper. August is billfish time — as the month continues, the action will really heat up.
Oregon Inlet Nearshore
The past week has been tough with boats catching a few small bluefish the occasional Spanish. A few false albacore are starting to show up. The old drum have kept things interesting. They school up in the in the summer, and move up and down the beach. Lucky anglers who run across these schools can enjoy world-class action.
Hatteras Inlet Nearshore
Boats fishing the nearshore out of Hatteras have had decent bluefish and Spanish mackerel action. At times, some of the boats are finding big red drum, and this is a catch a release fishery. Any red drum over 27 inches must be released unharmed.
Hatteras Sound Report
Fishing inshore in Hatteras has been quicker to recover from all the rain. They are reporting good catches of speckled trout, along with bluefish and puppy drum.
Oregon Inlet Sound Report
Speckled trout still remain dismal due to last winter’s cold stun, but anglers who are persistent can catch a few. Bluefish are being reported caught, as well. The rain water run off should be moving out as the month goes on.
Sea mullet, spot and crackers are being caught up and down the banks. When the ocean is warm and clear, they move in to the wash looking for sand fleas to eat. Fresh shrimp is the best bait for catching these fish. Further down on Hatteras, surf anglers are finding pompano.
North Carolina requires a Coastal Recreational Fishing License for freshwater and saltwater fishing.
Most charter boats have blanket fishing licenses that cover all of their anglers, but check in advance to be sure.
Annual or 10-day licenses are available at www.ncwildlife.org, at many local tackle shops (see the list online) or by calling (888) 248-6834 (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday).
To see the most recent size and bag limits, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.
On the right side under Hot Topics click on “Recreational Size and Creel Limits.”
Tackle shops and marinas are super resources for information. They have all the current scoop and are more than happy to help you get rigged up or plan a charter fishing trip.
Get outside and enjoy the fishing, and remember that the supply is not endless — so only harvest what you need.