June 19, 2015
Outer Banks Angling: It’s blazing
By ROB ALDERMAN
a harsh winter and a great spring, the temps have gone full-on summer.
Recently, the area has been seeing some mid-July weather with
record-high temperatures and heat indexes reaching well over a 100
But, that’s okay. The water temperatures have been phenomenal from one
end of the Banks to the other. At times, the water has been anywhere
from the high 70s to low 80s -- and that is a rare thing to see from
one end to the other this early in the year.
Along with all the crazy warm weather, there has also been crystal
clear, Caribbean-like water clarity to boot. At times seeing bottom in
25 feet of water has been no problem.
Those visiting and locals alike have thoroughly enjoyed the recent conditions, no matter how hot it has been.
The fishing has been pretty fair the past few weeks, even when it was very hot.
Fishing is all the same, whether you fish from land or sea and whether
you fish in salt or fresh, you just have to be in the right spot.
Spanish mackerel have provided a lot of great catches along the Outer
Banks. From pier, surf, and boat, these warm-water fish have made a
great showing, and you can chase these fish using a variety of lures.
Nice pompano and sea mullet continue to get caught from pier and surf.
While anyone has a chance at catching just about anything that swims,
consistently catching pompano and sea mullet takes a little finesse.
Now, you are used to my references to using different types of lures in
just about every column I write, and there is a reason I do not go into
much detail. The lures, tackle, and especially bait are different for
most fish, based on when and where you are targeting them. So go to the
nearest tackle shop and tell them what you are trying to catch and
allow them to show you what you need and when and where to be to have
the best chance of success.
Cobia have continued to be picked from piers and boats, along with a
few reports from the surf and kayaks. Even though most of these fish
have pushed past us into the Chesapeake Bay, they will continue to make
the weekly reports to some degree.
Puppy drum and flounder have provided a fair amount of action for those
fishing in the sound waters, but the speckled trout reports still leave
a lot to be desired, though I’ve seen a few respectable fish.
With the forecasts still showing some extremely hot days to come,
anglers would do best to try and fish at first light through late
morning and again from early evening until dark and especially in the
The offshore reports have been very solid.
Great catches of mahi mahi and tuna have made the reports day after
day. The bill fishing has been a little hit or miss, but has still
produced some nice fish at times.
Wreck and offshore bottom fishing has produced good catches of triggerfish, sea bass, and the occasional grouper or snapper.
Pier fishing has produced the occasional cobia or king mackerel, but
the bluefish, Spanish mackerel, spot croaker, flounder, sea mullet,
pompano and puppy drum have been the real action. And some days are
definitely better than others.
July 4 is rapidly approaching. You can tell by the traffic on the road.
The Outer Banks is in full swing with businesses and locals ready to
assist and the fishing is always worth it.
A day on the water is always better than most anything else you could be doing.
So walk into a tackle shop and ask for help or pick up the phone and
call an area marina or captain -- or head for a local pier house.
Just make sure you....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 OuterBanksKayakFishing.com.)