Outer Banks Angling: A little action
By ROB ALDERMAN
It’s always nice to have a little to report after such a harsh winter.
always try and emphasize that I recognize that while our winter was
very cold, others had it much worse. The winters on the Outer Banks are
always a little tough, especially when it is unpleasant outside.
are closed or very slow and people have a lot of time on their hands,
sometimes because they have been laid off or their hours have been cut
back. So, foul weather will lead to a whole lot of dismay.
However, for the past few days, the weather has been gorgeous and I know absolutely everyone is overwhelmingly pleased about it.
degree-plus air temps and plenty of sunshine earlier this week combined
to make us feel like we won the lottery, especially when this was even
nicer than the forecasts had called for.
Even before the nicer
weather, the puppy drum made a decent showing in the surf. The best
bites were consistently reported from Buxton to Frisco. While each day
varies in the concentration and the quality of the bite, most days have
led to some fish being caught.
The pups have been taken mostly
on light tackle trout rods, using a variety of different color lead
heads and grubs. Using cut bait in the wash has also yielded fair
catches at times.
year, the winter puppy drum were more widespread from Oregon Inlet on
down the islands, but while there have been some pups at times in the
Ocracoke Island area, the bite has not even been comparable.
add to the excitement, some citation size drum made an appearance at
Cape Point during the warm spell. This was a very welcome event for
those fortunate enough to be there for it.
Given the warm air,
southwest wind and a nice pocket of warm water that was showing on the
infra-red radar, it made sense that the fish would show up. You can't
always count on that, but those conditions are exactly what you are
looking for in spring if you are hoping to have a chance, especially
I know some of the less experienced at this are
asking how long this will last – and that’s a million-dollar question.
I’ve seen the big drum hit earlier than this and last through May,
while I’ve also seen some big drum make a showing before now for a few
days and not reappear until May.The weather is going to dictate how this season -- and every season -- is going to play out.
best we can do is hope for warm weather and southwest winds, which will
help everyone’s odds with all the spring-time fish.
The surf anglers aren’t the only ones seeing some excitement.
bluefin tuna have finally appeared off our coast. Pictures and reports
have been frequent since their appearance several days ago. There have
been fish from a couple hundred pounds up to around 500 pounds.
While the bluefin are not as thick just yet as they were at times last year, the bite sounds steady.
and wreck-fishing have also been productive, and overall it sounds as
if anglers have been blessed with meat during recent offshore trips.
this fishing will hold up also depends on weather. Anyone with
experience on the Outer Banks knows that March and April can bring
brutal weather and storms, but I am going to hope for the best.
Hopefully the weather will be moderate and the fishing will continue to get better, but only time will tell.
lot of local businesses are already open for another season and more
are firing back up each day. Plan a week or plan a weekend and leave
the snow blowers behind. Stop by a local shop and get all the gear and
info you need to thaw out a little.
Go fishing and play hard.
Alderman has lived on the Outer Banks for more than 13 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,
Release Reels, Yakattack and is an ambassador for Ugly Stik. You can
follow his adventures at www.FishMilitia.com or