June 18, 2013
Outer Banks Angler: June is jumping
By ROB ALDERMAN
are well into June and just days from the official start of summer,
although the weather definitely feels like summer. Almost daily threats
of thunderstorms, rising air temps, water temps, and humidity mean the
season is in full swing.
Many think that there is no good fishing in the summer months. But that is far from the truth.
You may have to adjust your fishing, but there are fish to be caught.
fall and spring, you may fish in one area and catch a variety of fish,
but in summer, you might need to move around a little bit to target
Early morning and late evening surf and pier
fishing can produce good bluefish and Spanish mackerel fishing. Mid-day
surf and pier fishing can produce nice sea mullet and/or pompano, but
these fish can be held up in small areas and bite during specific times
in the tide changes.
Ocean and sound fishermen can find flounder on artificial and live baits, along with puppy drum and speckled trout.
However, in most cases, you will need to target one or the other to do very well with any one species.
Offshore boats will see dolphin, tuna, and an increase in the bill fishing.
boats can find a variety of inshore species. Bluefish, Spanish
mackerel, flounder, puppy drum, speckled trout and gray trout may all
hit the fiberglass in the summer.
Wreck fishing is also very productive and triggerfish, spadefish, or snappers taste great on the dinner plate.
In recent weeks, the offshore fishing has remained excellent.
tuna fishing has been as good as it gets. Most boats targeting these
fish have been limited out and back to the docks before noon.
The mahi-mahi fishing has remained consistent and very good, while the bill fishing has steadily gotten better.
inshore boats continue to pick at the cobia after an incredible few
weeks of fishing, but this fishery generally lasts only a few weeks.
The cobia are heading north to spawn in the Chesapeake Bay.
2013 cobia season has been one of the best in recent years with many
fish being caught, released and eaten. Cobia as large as 105 pounds
have been taken. Though we are on the down side of this fishery, the
cobia will get picked at here and there for a little while to come.
The inshore boats at times have stumbled across the occasional school of large drum and managed to catch a few.
Spanish mackerel, flounder, puppy drum and speckled trout have all been
found by the inshore charter and recreational boats.
fishermen continue to catch nice sea mullet and pompano. Plenty of
really nice-sized and citation sea mullet are making the reports.
drum, black drum, flounder, bluefish, small spot and croaker have all
been caught from the surf in recent weeks and should continue to get
Even some large drum have made the reports from the sand recently.
seem to be a greater number of seasonal beach closures this year, and I
highly suggest checking with a local tackle shop as to what is open and
where, as they are highly affected by this and will know what is going
on and where.
Pier fishing has remained fair. Bluefish and
Spanish mackerel have been caught in the early mornings and late
evenings when the conditions have been right. Sea mullet and pompano
are also being taken, along with some small spot, croaker, and flounder.
I’ve remained busy in the kayak when the wind and thunderstorms have allowed me.
speckled trout and puppy drum fishing has been very solid, but I have
yet to be able to target both at once. It is an either-or situation.
Those in kayaks or wading should be able to work the sound and find these fish or flounder.
Lead heads, Berkley gulps, or live baits will do the trick.
always, I recommend visiting one of the knowledgeable and experienced
tackle shops on Hatteras or Ocracoke to get the latest report. These
folks can help you know the when, where, and how to get the fish you
are looking for.
The summer forecasts will look the same for the
next couple of months -- semi-windy, a chance of thunderstorms, and
humid. But we can work around that.
Alderman has lived on the Outer Banks for more than 12 years and has
worked in the recreational fishing industry the entire time. A former
variety fishing TV show host, beach fishing guide, tackle shop and pier
employee, Rob currently owns and operates Outer Banks Kayak Fishing. He
is on the Pro-Staff of Bending Branches LLC, Wilderness Systems Kayaks
and Release Reels. You can follow his adventures at www.FishMilitia.com or OuterBanksKayakFishing.com.)