Outer Banks Angling: Spanish, Spanish and more Spanish mackerel
By ROB ALDERMAN
Surf fishermen all along Hatteras Island have found much entertainment
here of late.
Lots and lots of bluefish and Spanish mackerel have been caught from
shore. Some of the Spanish are very large and range from 3 to 5 pounds
at times, which is a decent fish from shore.
Hatteras Inlet and Cape Point have been the best producers of these
large Spanish in the early morning and late evening hours
Anglers have been catching these fish on various forms of metal lures
and it’s best to stop by one of the local tackle shops to inquire what
the hot color and lure is at the time. The colors and types of lures
that work best can change from one day to the next or even from the
morning to evening bite, so make sure you get a little variety and a
few back-ups of each to boot. You will lose lures during these bites.
Fair amounts of fair-sized pompano have been caught along Hatteras
Island beaches. Some of these fish have been large and citation
Sea mullet fishing has also been good and quite a few citation fish
have been caught from shore.
The pompano and sea mullet generally need to be targeted in order to be
caught in good numbers during the warmer summer months.
I would concentrate on using live sand fleas (mole crabs), which you’ll
need to catch on your own.
This is not difficult and you can obtain a special rake for collecting
them from a local tackle shop.
The tackle shop can also instruct you on its use and where to catch the
Small spot, croaker, and other small bottom fish have been reported all
along the surf zone, so taking a kid fishing should be entertaining and
There have been some nice flounder and keeper puppy drum, along with
some oversized puppy drum taken around Ramp 43 to Hatteras inlet.
Always remember—this is fishing and not catching. Some days will be
better than others, but the real point is to get outside and have a
good time with family and friends or even in solitude.
Anglers fishing Rodanthe and Avon piers have put spot, croaker,
bluefish, Spanish mackerel, spadefish, and triggerfish on the planks.
Look for an onshore wind for the best luck with the Spanish mackerel,
triggerfish, and spadefish.
Hatteras offshore fleets had a reasonable amount of sails and wahoo,
with scattered mahi-mahi bites. There are not huge numbers of fish in
the blue water right now, but it does sound like the boats are having
some luck and clients are enjoying themselves.
Inshore boats out of Hatteras have been doing well, with good catches
of speckled trout, flounder, and gray trout.
The occasional school of big, red drum has been stumbled upon and
citation fish have been released.
Reports from the fleets out of Oregon Inlet consisted of fair and
steady bites of white marlin, yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, and some
Inshore reports around Oregon Inlet were comprised of flounder, some
large bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and a couple cobia.
Some friends who have been consistently wading into the Oregon Inlet
area have caught some speckled trout, flounder, and a few puppy drum.
There were few boat reports from Ocracoke Island and the surf report
was a little thin. Only a few sea mullet, small blues, and a few puppy
drum were reported recently.
I made only my second kayak launch this year around Cape Point in
recent weeks, as I am still recovering from a couple major injuries.
While on the water, I saw lots and lots of Spanish mackerel, but I saw
even more sharks.
I witnessed a plethora of spinner, black tip, dusky, and sandbar
sharks, to name a few. This mirrored reports from all the inshore boat
These sharks are highly aggressive, and some are as large as 8 feet
long and weigh more than 150 pounds.
I highly recommend being on your guard while wading near the Point or
any inlet, along with being highly alert while fishing from a kayak in
I lost 95 percent of my catch to the sharks within feet of my kayak.
I’d leave your nets on the beach and bring your catch into the boat
using the leader and lure. This will allow the sharks to take your
catch with ease if they want it, without threat of pulling you in the
water if you are using a net.
Also, whether you are fishing from pier, boat, surf, or kayak I
recommend you keep your catches in a cooler with ice or in a bucket of
water. The ice is preferable -- anything rather than just leaving fish
on a hot deck or in the hot sand, which will dry the fish out.
It defeats the purpose to spend so much time, money, and effort chasing
fish, if you do not properly store them, once they are caught.
Extended forecasts look hot and humid, with a slight chance of rain
each day for the coming week. The winds look tolerable and fishable, so
one should be able to fish most days and at least have a chance at
catching a fish.
I hope you can make the drive down and try your luck at some area
Always remember to visit one of the many local tackle shops to get your
gear and current reports, so you’ll be ready to go and catch a fish.
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)