August usually anglers can look forward to more billfish offshore, Spanish and albies along the beaches and puppy drum in the sounds.

Hatteras Offshore

Dolphin fishing has been good with catches of both bailers and gaffer dolphin. Besides the dolphin action, wahoo have been caught as well as blackfin tuna. King mackerel are scattered but some good catches have been reported. Billfish are always around, and it should continue to get better.

Oregon Inlet Offshore

Bailer dolphin (smaller dolphin — fish you can land with out a gaff) are on tap along with a few yellowfin and bigeye tuna, as well.

August is billfish time and offshore anglers search for white marlin, blue marlin and sailfish. Pirate’s Cove Marina holds it annual billfish tournament. Tournament week is Aug. 11-17.

Hatteras Nearshore

Much like on the northern beaches bluefish and Spanish can be hit or miss. Shark fishing can be good, as well. Amberjack can be found over the nearshore wrecks giving anglers a great fight.

Oregon Inlet Nearshore

Catches of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ribbonfish have been reported. Hopefully, August will heat up the action, with spanish and king mackerel, along with bluefish and albies.

Hatteras Sound

Anglers are reporting catches of puppy drum both keepers and fish over the slot size. Puppy drum that are kept need to be more than 18 inches and less than 27 inches and the bag limit is one per person per day. Any fish over the slot must be released unharmed. Some of the inshore captains are also offering clamming trips. This is a great activity for the whole family and good eats, as well.

Oregon Inlet Sound

The sound report is still slow on the speckled trout but more are showing up every week. This time last year, August showed us some excellent puppy drum fishing. Hopefully, they will show again this year. The head boats are catching croakers, sea mullet and undersized flounder with the occasional keeper.

Pier reports

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, bluefish.

The piers on the southern beaches are reporting the close to the same catches. Big king mackerel have been landed from the local piers.

A few flounder have also been reported, as well. Warm water is key to pier fishing in the summer.

Surf report

Surf anglers on Hatteras have reported catches of sea mullet, spot and croakers. There have also been some catches of pompano report in Buxton, as well. On the northern beaches bluefish and sea mullet, croakers and spot have also been reported.

Fishing licenses

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, at many local tackle shops or by calling (888) 248-6834 (Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Size, bag limits

To see the most recent size and bag limits go to

On the right side, under Hot Topics, click on “Recreational Size and Creel Limits.”

Get outside and enjoy the fishing, and remember that the supply is not endless — so only harvest what you need.

Remember: When at the market or when dining out, ask for fresh local North Carolina seafood.


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