Outer Banks Angling: No winter blues on
the islands; instead it’s a winter blitz
It has been a relatively slow couple months of fishing on the Banks. In
fact, the past four winters or so haven’t been that great for
most anglers. The hardened speckled trout fishermen seemed to find
entertainment, but this year, even the speckled trout have been slim
The weather patterns are our worst enemy. Like the rest of the U.S., it
has been darned cold here and that caused some weird patterns in fish
The speckled trout shot down the backside of the Pamlico Sound waters
and gave our neighbors to the south some good bites in what is now
called the Southern Outer Banks.
There have been some stories of major speckled trout kills to our south
because of the cold weather. But not to worry. The blame for those
will be pushed onto the commercial gill netters in the next couple
The big story is how the puppy drum came shooting out of the sound at
every inlet on the Banks and has lead to the single largest rush of
puppy drum that even the oldest islanders can recall. From Pea Island
to the south end of Ocracoke, the bites are epic.
The range is over 50 miles of shoreline, with most holes or sloughs
producing puppy drum. Frisco has seen the absolute best of it, with
daily runs into the hundreds of fish range.
From a video standpoint, I acquired more footage than I would need for
five documentaries, and I did that in just a few shoots.
Fish hit the beach like seashells in a northeaster. This
happened every day for more than three weeks and is still happening as
I write this article.
An angler needs only a speckled trout rod and a lure. At times it
seemed that one type of lure was better then another, but then that
would all change. And you would realize that the fish were smacking
anything that moved.
I warn that if you would like to catch one of these fish, you may want
to rush down here soon.
Many zealous recreational fishermen, special interest groups, and
magazines have claimed that the loss of red rum to commercial fishing
is overwhelming and that if commercial gill net fishing is not stopped
soon, we may lose them all.
But I guess those special interest group’s advertising
dollars look real good to these individuals, magazines, TV shows, and
even fishing documentaries.
So here's to all the people who just love to fish and to those that
think red drum are disappearing.
Alderman is the host and producer of the” The Outer Banks
Angler” fishing program and the owner of The Outer Banks
Angler store located in Buxton. You can find out more on his adventures