December 10, 2015
Outer Banks Angling: It’s that time of year again
By ROB ALDERMAN
We’ve officially hit that point in 2015 when a lot of fishing starts to come to an end.
While we’ve had some cooler weather here and there, the fishing is
slowing simply because it’s time to start slowing. Our forecast shows
highs in the 60s and lows in the 50s for the next week, which is mild
Both Avon and Rodanthe pier are closed for the season. Avon ended its
year with anglers catching nearly a dozen big drum, along with some
small bottom fish. Rodanthe anglers capped the year off with a good run
of puppy drum.
Surf fishing continues to yield sea mullet, black drum, bluefish and speckled trout.
As December winds on, the best anglers can hope for from the surf will
be puppy drum and speckled trout, but during the past few years, those
bites haven’t been much during the winter. Each year, though, is
For those trying to figure out surf fishing for holiday visits, keep
your expectations where they should be -- realistic. You could come
down and have some half decent days or you may come down and not catch
much, but that’s fishing every day of the year. It may be real good or
not so much.
Forecasters have a lot to say about a current El Niņo system and how
that will affect the East Coast weather. I don’t try to pretend to be a
meteorologist, and I rely on what’s right in front of me.
If the fishing is good, then it’s good, and I am not going to try and
make predictions based on what might happen. If you’re not at work and
you’re enjoying the islands, hot or cold, then it’s a good trip.
Stripers continue to be caught at the local bridges and other
structures. I am still seeing good numbers of keepers, but there have
also been some 14-inch or less fish that have made an appearance.
That’s a good sign.
We all want to see these fish make a comeback, and the more stripers of
any size help to show that there were some solid spawning seasons in
Offshore reports tend to slow right now, as there are fewer people going offshore between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
However, there are still some tuna and king mackerel on the move.
Overall, there is not much else to report -- mostly because of
the time of year. It’s just that transition time when the fish and
fishermen slow down.
But, that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth leaving the house. The
islands are quiet for the holidays. You don't have to be surrounded by
crowds and traffic. While a fair number of businesses have closed for
the season, there are still plenty open to accommodate you.
So, come on down and spend your holidays nestled in a quiet fishing village.
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.)