being hit by Hurricane Matthew and having a slower than normal start to
some of the fall fishing, the winding down has been great.
Offshore fishermen have had some really good days chasing king mackerel.
for kings offshore in late October and in November has grown in
popularity over the years. Kings have always been hot for commercial
fishermen and a few others, but the recreational side of fishing for
them has grown in the past decade.
I see more and more friends who never used to chase kings, chasing them now -- and hard.
a table-fare standpoint, you either like them or you don’t. There’s not
much in between. They are an oily fish that tastes oily, and that
doesn’t work well for some.
a fighting standpoint, kings can decimate the wrong gear. The kings
that weigh over 30 pounds are known as reel smokers. If you’ve ever
seen one caught from a pier while live baiting, then you know these
fish can make huge runs that strip off an incredible amount of line.
the above holds true from a boat. In most cases, the boats are looking
to catch live menhaden and then feed them out to the kings lurking
around the schools of bait in search of a meal.
In many cases, the anglers are using some semi-heavy spinning gear for this and that type of fishing is always a blast.
Many local captains offer these types of trips, along with the head boat, Miss Hatteras.
king mackerel fishing is winding down for the year, with the
ever-growing popularity of it, now is a good time to make some calls
and inquire. It’s never too soon to plan an adventure.
drum finally made a great appearance at Cape Point. While they
generally start making a showing around Labor Day, there weren't many
around during September or October. However, the drum did show up, and
they showed up quite properly. The Internet came alive with some
I had friends going out almost nightly, and they would each catch numerous yearlings and citations.
There are still drum being caught at the Point, but the anglers are weeding through some serious sharks in order to catch them.
the water temps hold, the drum should continue to be picked at, but at
this time of year, the sharks aren’t going anywhere, so be prepared to
pay the tax man.
drum also made a couple great runs at the Avon Pier. Several times,
multiple anglers were hooked up at any given moment for hours. These
are the types of runs that true drum hunters live for.
Avon Pier will close for the season on Sunday, Dec. 4. Rodanthe Pier has already closed for the season.
while you may not be able to access your favorite pier until spring,
light northeast or southwest winds could produce some fair fishing from
the surf if the weather holds.
managed to hit some area bridges a few times looking for "schoolie"
stripers and have been successful each time. While I’ve yet to see the
numbers I saw last year, I’ve seen the fish boiling on the surface and
that’s always fun.
seen some reports of a lot of smaller fish, but, to date, my smallest
is 22 inches, which if you limit out, makes for a decent dinner.
the weather holds and the water temps stay at or above 50 degrees in
the sound, then it will make sense to try your hand at some stripers on
light tackle. Small grubs and Rattle Traps work great, along with a
small top-water plug, should you find them on the surface.
Bottom line is that it's post-Thanksgiving, and the crowds are gone until Christmas.
out to chase drum, speckled trout, puppy drum, striper or anything else
from the surf, boat or kayak will generally mean you don’t see a lot of
people. And, with the chance of still catching a decent fish, it
doesn’t get much better.
it’s December and as the water and weather continue to cool, the
fishing will slow considerably. But, the Outer Banks has had some weird
winters the past several years. We may never see any truly sustained
cold weather or we might get crushed with it.
The better the weather, the better the winter fishing. Time will tell the tale.
Go Fishing and play hard.
Alderman has lived on the Outer Banks for more than 16 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.)