Banks Angling: A mixed bag
By ROB ALDERMAN
weather has not been all that fantastic since my last report. Most of
the time, the wind has been hard and the current has been strong.
However, when conditions have allowed, the fishing has been fair. And
lately, weather conditions have improved a little.
A wide variety of fish have been caught from Coquina Beach to Ocracoke
Island from pier and surf.
ocean stripers have made an appearance around Oregon Inlet, with one
reportedly in the 35-pound class. Anglers are not hitting them every
cast, but a few have been caught, and I know this makes a lot of people
happy, as they have been hard to come by for surf fishermen for some
Reports of speckled trout have been trickling in from
Pea Island to Hatteras Inlet. They have been mainly throwbacks, but
some nice keepers have also been put on the table.
I would try
searching for the specks in the early a.m. or late evening. You can use
a variety of grubs, lead heads, or teasers. You can tie them up as
single rigs or double rigs.
Along with the speckled trout, there
has been a mixture of sea mullet, blow toads, bluefish, and some
flounder along the Hatteras surf and from the piers.
fishing sounds as if it has been fair in the hook and Frisco area. If
have eaten these sea creatures, then you know they are worth targeting
and will be great on your dinner table.
There have been some scattered puppy drum around Cape Point and the
occasional larger red drum.
Ocracoke has had a good puppy drum bite when the weather has permitted,
with some small bottom fish also caught.
The weather has not only affected the surf and pier fishermen, but the
local fleets and recreational boaters.
Yet, in recent days the fishing has been excellent
Hatteras boats have had some yellowfin and blackfin tuna, along with a
good wahoo bite.
friend went out on the Miss Hatteras out of Oden’s Dock over the
weekend and did very well targeting and catching king mackerel.
Miss Hatteras is a head boat and offers these king trips regularly in
November, and I highly recommend them. They can be fun for catching
kings on live baits and jigs.
Inshore near Hatteras, there has been a scattered batch of drum, but
not a great deal to report.
Boats out of Oregon Inlet have done well with yellowfin tuna and some
blackfin tuna. A few billfish have been released.
Scattered stripers are being taken in the area by the inshore boats,
along with some wreck fish, speckled trout, and flounder.
know some believe the Outer Banks is all fun in the sun, but the Wright
Brothers chose this place to test flight for a reason -- the wind.
And, at this time of year, there is no lack of wind.
wind and weather look mighty favorable for the next several days.
Warmer temps and lighter winds should lead to some good chances to fish.
are in that time of year when the surf and pier fishing begins to wind
down and over all it becomes spotty. However, I believe there will be
some fair speckled trout bites this year, based on what has been caught
along other areas of the Outer Banks.
I also believe one could
catch a striper from Coquina throughout northern Pea Island. Though, I
am not sure if it’ll be hard and heavy.
But you can’t catch a fish without a line in the water.
Come on down and stop by one of the local tackle shops to see what’s
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