The fishing remains good in all areas, despite the heat wave in mid-July.
When the winds will let the offshore boats fish, they have been catching good catches of dolphin. They have been landing both bailer dolphin and the larger gaffer dolphin. Wahoo fishing has good with scattered catches being reported. Tilefish are also being caught.
Oregon Inlet Offshore
Yellowfin tuna fishing has been been holding on. The sharks are still around and on somedays making it difficult to land a yellowfin. Blackfin Tuna catches have been excellent, along with a few wahoo. Good catches of bailer dolphin have been making it back to the dock, as well. Billfish action should be improving.
Spanish Mackerel fishing has been excellent when the winds allow the boats to fish along the beaches. Blacktip sharks have shown up and are giving anglers all the fight they want.
Oregon Inlet Nearshore
Fishing can be strong along the beaches of the northern OBX. Good Spanish mackerel are being found along with some bluefish and small king mackerel. Ribbonfish have also been making an occasional appearance. Trigger fishing is good for the nearshore boats fishing all-day trips.
The fishing in the sound behind Hatteras Inlet has been excellent with great catches of speckled trout and a few small puppy drum. Besides these two fish, Spanish mackerel and bluefish are caught. Some of the charter captains also offer clamming outings.
Oregon Inlet Sound
The sound behind Oregon Inlet is hosting great speckled trout fishing this summer. There are lots of undersized fish but catches of keepers are there. Speckled trout have to be over 14” to keep with a bag limit of four per person. Any speckled trout under 14” must be returned to the water. The head boats are reporting good catches of sea mullet and small croakers with the occasional flounder. They have also reported a few keeper grey trout. Grey trout must be 12” long, and there is a bag limit of one per person.
Successful pier fishing can depend on water temperatures. Strong southwest or west wind will blow all the warm surface water off the beach pulling up the colder water from the bottom dropping water temps dramatically. These chilly water temperatures can slow fishing both on the piers and surf.
When the water temperatures are in their normal range (70 to 80 degrees), pier action can be good with Spanish mackerel and bluefish on the end. Besides the action on the end pier, fisherman are catching croakers, spot, flounder, and bluefish. The piers on the southern beaches are reporting the close to the same catches. Avon pier did report a tarpon that was caught and released last week.
Like the piers, the surf fishing is affected by low water temperatures. The surf on Hatteras Island is less likely to be affected by southwest winds, and the water temperatures stay closer to normal. Surf anglers on Hatteras have reported catches of sea mullet, and spot. There have also been some catches of pompano report in Buxton, as well. On the northern beaches, bluefish, sea mullet, croakers, and spot have also been reported.