Angling: Where’s the
By ROB ALDERMAN
I’ve got to
little different direction this time rather than trying to write a
weeks I feel like I’ve struggled to give a Hatteras and Ocracoke
fishing report because of the lack of fish.
Being clipped by hurricanes, tropical depressions, and coastal
lows have made for a slow go of things.
When the wind, current, and swell have permitted fishing, the air and
water temps have not.
The overall air and water temperatures have been way too warm to drive
any real numbers of fall fish. I’ve personally put on a sweatshirt only
about five times all fall, and I’ve yet to pull out my waders to fish.
It’s just too warm.
I had a good conversation with friend and fellow fishing reports
writer, Ric Burnley, last night. Ric collects fishing reports from
Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina for a few magazines and his
The two of us talked about our personal recent fishing experiences,
along with what we’ve heard from professional captains and recreational
fishermen. Ric and I agree that the fish are just not moving.
There seem to be very good bites of fish inside the Chesapeake Bay and
the North Carolina sound waters, which tells us that the fish have yet
to have a major weather system to drive them on their fall migration to
Typically, the Virginia and North Carolina coast can be slightly brutal
in October. Dominant northwest, north, and northeast winds bring cooler
air temps and help to push fish out of the bays and sounds, which is
what drives our fishing season.
Is this due to global warming or some other weather phenomenon such as
an El Nino? I don’t know. I am not a scientist, and I don’t combine
politics with my fishing any more, because it takes away from the fun
and stress relief my fishing is there for.
What I do know is one of two things will happen from here on
We have a cold front pushing in from the northwest late this week and
that will bring much cooler temps than anything we’ve seen thus far
this year in our area. The coming cooler temps will help to drive some
fish if the temperature comes down gradually. However, if the coast
gets slammed by cold system after cold system, the fish may never
really come down, but just push out and be gone. Only time will tell.
So, the fishing remains scattered up and down the islands of the Outer
Banks. Reports of good runs of blues or a few red drum are sporadic at
best and have been very short
I’ve had my kayak out a few times since my last report, and outside of
a few fair days of puppy drum fishing in the sound, I have little to
report. Usually, I would have been bragging about all the fish that
were getting caught, but that is not happening.
I hope that the temps come down gradually, and the fish make a great
appearance for the month of November. This would help our local fishing
economy with anglers who may not usually be here at this time of year.
I hope that by next week I have a blistering fishing report, but once
again -- only time will tell.
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)