it seems the Outer Banks is starting to get a little reprieve from the
harsh winter weather--at least as far as the temps go.
March and April, though, can still be brutal months for northeasters, and we got a good blow last Friday.
I think as long as it's not freezing and snowing outside, everyone will
be a lot happier with the occasional wind and rain storm, as that is a
little more like the norm around these parts.
Puppy drum fishing
from the surf has remained solid from Cape Point to the south end of
Ocracoke. On most days pups are making the reports, and some days
anglers pick at them and other days they hammer them.
use a variety of bait on small surf rods to target these fish but a lot
of fish are still being caught on soft plastics and lures. Check with a
local tackle shop for fresh bait or the lures they recommend.
Scattered reports of a rogue sea mullet and blow toads have also made the reports from Hatteras Inlet down to Ocracoke Inlet.
temps are much warmer from Cape Point south to Ocracoke, which is
normal at this time of year, and those areas will host the best surf
fishing until the water temps rise along the rest of the Banks.
the weather continues to cooperate more days than not, then it is
possible to see some really good fishing in the coming weeks, but we
will have to wait and see.
I got out in the sound in my kayak
earlier this week and managed a few slot-limit puppy drum. I also had a
friend go out into the sound in his boat this week and he found puppy
drum and a few speckled trout.
So, from an inshore standpoint, hopefully this is a sign of catching to come.
the bluefin tuna have finally arrived and I am talking about some
"monster" fish for this area. There have been more than a few fish
brought in weighing well over 500 pounds.
A smaller class of
fish can wreak havoc on rods and reels, so if you hook into one of
these beasts, you better have the right tackle or a 600-pound bluefin
may turn your reel into a plume of smoke.
that said, quite a few giant bluefin have been caught on butterfly jigs
and top water poppers, which are both typically used on much smaller
Talking with a host of friends, I know the recreational
and commercial boat captains are happy to see these fish, as the winter
has been long and harsh and made for difficult fishing during the first
few months of the year.
I especially know that the crews working
the new “Wicked” Tuna TV show in the area are happy. They spent the
first two months of filming not catching one fish on camera. There was
even a rumor that the producers were ready to throw in the towel
altogether on their new series of “Wicked Tuna: North versus South.”
been watching a few of the local boats that are participating in the
show posting recent pics of some big fish they are taking to the
scales, so hopefully they are doing well overall.
The producer's and boat captains are sitting tight on the info pertaining to who is currently in the lead.
have swirled on social media and other web forums about how these film
crews and boats have been filming guys fighting and reeling on center
blocks tied to the line or how they have been filming harpoon shots
using fake fish-- I am sure they have.
That's exactly how these
producers get some of those melodramatic, slow motion shots they cut to
in the middle of a real fight or throw. It's just part of reality TV in
the 21st century.
It doesn't necessarily mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.
can also assure you that a lot of the fish you see on television that
were said to bring in $20 or $25 a pound probably didn't get but $15 a
pound in real life, but that's reality TV.
The producers job is
to create jaw-dropping moments and keep views glued to the set or get
them all worked up over the fact that a fisherman just made $10,000 on
It's hard to find 100 percent real in reality TV.
again-- does it really matter? If the content entertains and stirs
conversation, then the producers and network have done their jobs.
I am still happy for all the guys and boats involved and wish them all good luck and safe waters.
recent years, as the bluefin fishing has gotten better, so has the
demand for recreational fishing for the monsters of the sea.
been by Oregon Inlet a few times recently and have seen most of the
fleet out and a fair showing of trucks and trailers parked at the ramp.
In my book, this TV show can only help to boost that aspect of recreational fishing.
past week saw some outstanding bluefin fishing with the bluefin chasing
15-pound bluefish on the surface and laying waste to everything that
moved. I wish I could've seen it first hand.
The weather looks
fishable for the most part in the near future. Nothing too dramatic is
forecast that would shut it down for an extended amount of time.
But, it is March, and that could change at the drop of a hat.
Spring is almost here--get your gear ready and plan a trip. Leave those cold temps behind and head south.
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.)