Hatteras Inlet Offshore

Hatteras offshore really heats up in September with excellent wahoo and sailfish. September is prime time for wahoo. King mackerel will start to make an appearance as well. There is always the “meat” mixed bag, as well — dolphin, tuna both yellowfin and blackfin.

Oregon Inlet Offshore

The first two weeks of September the offshore waters are still suffering from “marlin fever.” White marlin fishing should continue to world class. If late August is any indication it could be a season to remember! Besides the white marlin, sailfish should be in the mix, as well. Don’t forget about the blue marlin — some of the years biggest blue marlin are released in early September. By mid-month the billfish action slows and the yellowfin tuna should show up in force. The tuna action builds into October. All month there will be good to scattered catches of dolphin, as well.

Oregon Inlet Nearshore

As summer winds down the fishing begins to pick along the beaches around Oregon Inlet. Bluefish should show up in abundance as well as the Spanish mackerel. Hard fighting false albacore (Little Tunny) will be providing excitement to anglers while fishing for blues and Spanish. False Albacore are in the tuna family and are hard fighters that thrill nearshore anglers. Unlike their cousins, the yellwofin tuna the False Albacore are considered very poor food fare. King mackerel will also become more numerous. Cobia are still an option, as well. Anglers will not see the big numbers seen in June. September cobia can be found around buoys in the ocean or along tide lines.

Hatteras Inlet NearShore

Hatteras nearshore is very similar to Oregon Inlet fishing. Good bluefish and Spanish and lots of false albacore. There were also we be scattered cobia showing up as they head south for the winter. Where their fishing differs from Oregon Inlet is the big red drum around the inlet. These world class size reds are caught either sight casting into schools on the surface on fishing bait in the white water in the shoals around Hatteras Inlet. Later in the month, the first king mackerel of the autumn should be showing up around the nearshore wrecks.

Pier Reports

The first northeasters of the autumn will blow pier fishing into high gear on the northern beaches. Spot should be coming out the Chesapeake Bay and moving down the beach. These tasty bottom fish are big favorites of pier anglers. Big red drum should show up on the ends of the piers, as well. When the waters are calmer, speckled trout, puppy drum as well as bluefish and Spanish will all be available. On Hatteras Island, the spots and big red drum show up later in the month, but until then it should be good bluefish, Spanish, sea mullet and croaker fishing.

Hatteras Sound Report

As September rolls in, the bluefish and puppy drum fishing should really get going. Besides the light tackle favorites, speckled trout and flounder should be expected. Beside the puppy drum their full-grown kin the big reds will be staging inside the inlets getting ready to move to the ocean. The action is world-class light tackle action; do not miss out.

Oregon Inlet Report

Anglers should enjoy a fish filled September. Speckled trout will remain scattered but should improve from the summer slump. The best puppy drum fishing of the year is in September and into October. Beside specks and puppies, bluefish should be cruising the sloughs behind Oregon Inlet. Live bait fishing inside the inlet can produce some beautiful flounder, as well. The big red drum will also be an option for those anglers will to soak bait at night.

In the Sand: Surf action

The best surf action in September starts in Corova on the Currituck Outer Banks. Surf fishermen have discovered there is great big red drum fishing from the surf. The big red drum are following schools of menhaden out of the Chesapeake Bay down the beach.

There will be puppy drum and in the surf from the state line to Oregon Inlet. Besides puppy drum, spots and sea mullet caught, as well.

On Hatteras Island, the puppy drum action should be good along with sea mullet, bluefish spots and other bottom fish.

Stop you local tackle shop or marina and get the fresh scoop along with tips, tackle and bait. Barring any big weather events September can be a fishy time on the Outer Banks. The crowds have gone home and the fish are waiting. Went you eat out at one of our wonderful restaurants, be sure to insist on fresh local North Carolina seafood.

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 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).

More Information

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.


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