Like most places along the Outer Banks, the Hatteras Offshore fleet has been fishing around the weather. Late summer brings lots of thunderstorms and squalls, and those conditions can make fishing tough, but they are usually short lived. Wahoo and dolphin are the two main target species, and good catches of both are being reported. Billfish remain a real possibility with sailfish, white marlin being the most common. Blue marlin is also being released.
Oregon Inlet Offshore
Dolphin fishing remains not bad. Most of the dolphins that are being caught are the smaller bailers. Bailers are smaller dolphin and can be landed by lifting them in by the leader. A few yellowfin and blackfin tuna are being caught. Besides the yellowfin, blackfin tuna a few wahoo are also being landed. White marlin is being targeted, but they are scattered, along with sailfish and few blue marlin.
Oregon Inlet Nearshore
Bluefish and Spanish mackerel make up the majority of the caches of anglers fishing along the beaches off the northern Outer Banks. False albacore and a few king mackerel are also making their present known. Big red drum are also wandering up and down the beaches.
Hatteras Inlet NearShore
Hatteras nearshore report is close to the same north of Cape Point. Good Spanish Mackerel, bluefish and false albacore.
The piers on the southern beaches reported catches of Spanish mackerel, sea mullet, croakers. On the piers on the northern beaches good catches of bluefish along with sea mullet and few spots. Nice catches of Spanish mackerel are being made at dawn and until the sun is fully up.
In the Sand — surf action
Surf fishing is in the end of summer doldrums but should improve greatly as the month ends and September begins. Good catches of tasty sea mullet are still be made, along with spot and bluefish. Much the same on Hatteras Island, but throw in a few pompano croakers and flounder.
Hatteras Sound Report
Anglers fishing the water behind Hatteras Inlet are making grew catches of puppy drum (redfish) both in the slot and some over the slot. The slot size for puppy drum is 18- to 27 inches. An angler can keep one fish per day if it is between 18- and 27 inches; all others must be released unharmed. As the summer comes to a close, more of the puppy drum is growing out of the slot size. These are still great fish to chase, fight and release. Bluefish are also being caught.
Oregon Inlet Report
Fishing over all in the sound behind Oregon Inlet remains pretty dismal. But on a good note to waters are finally clearing after the end of July’s Monsoon. A few bluefish and anglers who are night fishing are finding some big red drum on bait.
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.