June 30 2015
Outer Banks Angling:
The weather's hot, and the fish are biting
By ROB ALDERMAN
has come to an end, and it went by so fast. The big Fourth of July
weekend approaches, and the summer weather is in full swing.
It has been hot and humid as of late, and most days have called for a
chance of rain, although we have gotten only a few random storms. You
can expect this to be the forecast for some time to come, and when the
weatherman calls for rain, we probably won’t see much from it, if any
The offshore reports have been really solid.
The fleets punching out of Oregon Inlet having been doing exceptionally
well catching big eye and yellowfin tuna. These powerhouse fish put up
a heck of a battle and go down well at the dinner table. A lot of
citation fish have been caught. White marlin, mahi, and wahoo have also
been boated in recent weeks.
The fleets out of Hatteras and Ocracoke have been catching mahi and
blackfin tuna, along with amberjacks and blue and white marlin.
The offshore fishing is still hot, so calling one of the local marinas or captains would be a wise idea.
And cobia continue to make the reports. While their numbers are far
from what we saw in May, reports and pictures continue to roll in from
one end of the Banks to the other. Most of the charter captains will be
happy to go look for cobia -- even though there are fewer of them --
while also chasing a variety of other inshore fish.
Right now, the Hatteras inshore boats have been doing well catching
bluefish, Spanish mackerel, puppy drum, and some scattered trout and
flounder. The inshore boats around Oregon Inlet have had some nice
catches of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and some puppy drum and flounder.
The near-shore boats continue to catch amberjacks, triggerfish, and sheepshead.
fishing from Hatteras to Ocracoke has been hit or miss, but there still
have been some decent days of fishing. Sea mullet, pompano, bluefish,
Spanish mackerel, puppy drum, and small spot, croaker and flounder have
all been reported.
There are roughly 75 miles plus of beach to fish on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. That is a lot of ground to cover.
The best bites are based on weather, wind, and water temps. Going into
the local tackle shops and asking for their expert advice will greatly
increase your odds of catching from the sand.
The Rodanthe and Avon piers have been seeing some bluefish and Spanish
mackerel semi-consistently in the early morning and late evening hours.
Small spot, croaker, flounder and the occasional puppy drum have also
been decked during the day.
Spanish mackerel have consistently made the various reports, as you can
see. There are a ton of different ways you can prepare them for your
table, and they are great eating.
The larger mackerel put up a great fight.
There are several different lures you can use for them, and if you
check with a tackle shop, the employees will be happy to show you some
of the locals' favorites.
The one piece of advice I have for you is to use a line-to-line knot
for a fluorocarbon leader. Stay away from wire leader, barrel swivels,
and snaps. Spanish have incredible eyesight and will easily be deterred
from biting if they see anything out of the ordinary. Also, snaps and
swivels do put out small bubbles when being pulled through the water,
and Spanish and bluefish are notorious for cutting the line off at this
So, it’s summer, and you can expect to be hot and sticky and dodging the occasional thunderstorm, but you are at the beach.
And, being at the beach is better than not being at the beach – no matter the weather.
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.)