Outer Banks Angling: Fishing Report for Oct. 7
By ROB ALDERMAN
fishing folks, it seems like an eternity since I’ve had anything to
really report. That is a hard admission for a guy whose entire life
revolves around fishing. I love to fish, I love to see others fish,
and, most importantly, I love to catch fish.
However, the swell and weather from offshore hurricanes and tropical
depressions have made a hard go of things for almost two weeks.
During that time, there wasn’t much to report. Most local and visiting
fishermen could only peer out over the water or through a window and
hope that the weather would break soon.
Now, finally, there seems to be a break, and it seems the fishing is
gradually getting better and back to normal for the fall.
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported scattered yellowfin and blackfin
tuna, along with some mahi-mahi mixed in. The boats have only recently
been able to get back out, so it will take a day or two before we can
really see what is going on.
The inshore boats around Oregon Inlet have done quite well with red
drum and speckled trout. They have reported some really good catches of
Rough swell and lots of current kept fishing slow and scattered on Pea
Island, at the Rodanthe Pier, on the beaches of the tri-villages, and
along the beaches from Ramp 23 through Avon. But there were scattered
bites of blues, puppy drum, some small flounder, black drum, a few
pompano, and a friend even managed to find a few throw-back and keeper
Avon Pier reported slow fishing overall, but fishing was starting to
improve on Wednesday, Oct. 6, with some small black drum, speckled
trout, spot, and croaker.
The beaches in Buxton have produced scattered sea mullet, blues, small
speckled trout, and puppy drum.
For those red drum hunters out there, the drum have begun to make an
appearance at Cape Point. There have been some fair catches of yearling
drum, along with some low-end citation fish caught.
The Frisco area beaches have had some scattered sea mullet, small spot,
small croaker, and puppy drum. There was a 2 1/2-pound pompano weighed
in at Frisco Rod-n-Gun.
The boats out of Hatteras have not been able to get out because of
shoaling during September storms that made the channels almost
impassable. I spoke with some of the guys this morning, and they were
running trips for the first time in a week. So, hopefully they will
have some good reports for us next week.
Tradewinds Tackle on Ocracoke reported some black drum, pompano,
nice-size bluefish and scattered puppy drum during the day. Some really
nice-size red drum are being taken after dark on the South Point.
Area inshore boaters have been doing very well with red drum.
So, as you can see, the fishing is not all that hot and heavy just yet,
but anything and everything is a vast improvement to what it has been.
Weather forecasts look great this upcoming weekend, with warm temps,
sunny skies, and mild winds. So, get in your cars and trucks and come
on down to our magnificent islands.
Until next time—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)