Outer Banks Angling: The fishing report for Aug. 19 - 24
By ROB ALDERMAN
Welcome once again to the IFP’s weekly fishing report, brought to you
by the Hatteras Island Fishing Militia.
Another summer week has passed, and more of our country’s children have
returned to school. As the summer winds down, Hatteras and Ocracoke
island fishing fans await the fall season.
The beach and pier fishing seem to be slow overall, but the offshore
reports remain solid.
The fleets out of Oregon Inlet continue to boast good catches of white
marlin and sailfish, while the mahi-mahi fishing has slowed
Mahi fishing is one of those deals where a boat or two may
a good weed line that produces their limit, while most of the other
boats just pick a few of them.
The citation red drum continue to be hammered by the inshore boats when
the conditions allow. Scattered blues, Spanish mackerel, triggerfish,
and amberjacks were also taken by the inshore fleets.
Fishing was very slow and spotty from the Bonner Bridge catwalk and
along the beaches of Pea Island. Only small flounder, spot, and croaker
were randomly reported.
Beach fishing along the northern beaches of Hatteras was not all that
great because of a fair size swell that was coming to shore.
Fair bites of red drum of all sizes, including some
continue to be reported from the tri-village beaches and along the
beach from Ramps 23-30. I say fair, because this is not a normal
occurrence during these hot summer months, but I am sure the anglers
who are lucky enough to catch one are not unhappy.
Scattered, small croaker, spot, and flounder are still being taken on
bloodworms. Taylor bluefish and a scattered Spanish mackerel have been
taken on lures and bait.
The Rodanthe Pier had a scattered, mixed bag of fish that included some
black drum, sea mullet, spot, and croaker. A few decent runs of Spanish
mackerel did occur over the past several days and a few triggerfish
Small spot, croaker, and sea mullet were caught from the Avon beaches
and the Avon Pier.
The Avon Pier live baiters were blessed with one citation tarpon and
king mackerel over the weekend, along with a few good runs of Spanish
mackerel and bluefish.
Buxton area beaches did see some small spot, flounder, sea mullet, and
a couple puppy drum. However, there were several nice runs of bluefish
and Spanish mackerel in the area.
Fishing along Frisco beaches was slow and scattered overall.
Hatteras area beaches and the inlet did have a few good runs of Spanish
mackerel and bluefish, but the overall bottom fishing was scattered. A
few nice sea mullet were taken on bloodworms, along with scattered
puppy drum, pompano, spot, and croaker.
The flounder gigging in the inlet area remains very good.
The Hatteras fleet has been banging away at the wahoo, with lots of the
reel-burning fish being caught. The mahi bite is scattered, but the
sailfish bite has been really good. The occasional white and blue
marlin has been caught and released.
The Hatteras inshore boats have been catching some puppy drum, speckled
trout, gray trout, and sheepshead.
Ocracoke had some really good pompano fishing, with lots of near
citation fish caught on shrimp and sand fleas. Lots of 2-pound bluefish
were caught on lures. The overall bottom fishing was slow.
The inshore boats in the area did well with citation pompano and good
catches of blues and Spanish mackerel.
Wahoo and bailer dolphin fishing for area offshore boats sounded very
And, like Hatteras Inlet—Ocracoke was doing very well with the flounder
I continued to do very well with 2- to 4-pound bluefish and scattered
Spanish mackerel while kayaking in the Cape Point area. The sharks in
this area are like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I can only say
that there are thousands of them. So, if you are into sharking, now
would be a good time to soak some baits.
The extended forecasts on Weather Underground showed a cooler and sunny
weekend, with the highs around 80 degrees and a moderate northeast wind.
The one thing that remains in question for the late weekend and parts
of next week will be whether or not we get big swells from Hurricane
Danielle. This remains to be seen, but I am sure the surfers will be
happy if we do.
So, the fishing is slow, but the weather is going to be great. Head on
down and wet a line, because the catching can change at any moment.
Until next week—tight lines and fair weather.
Alderman is the owner of the Hatteras Island Fishing Militia website
and is a kayak fishing guide. Rob has 10 years of fishing experience on
the Outer Banks, and is host of the “Outer Banks Angler” television
show. You can follow more of his extreme adventures or contact him at www.FishMilitia.com)