May 4, 2018Fishing in May Can Be Memorable
By CAPTAIN DAVID WILSON
I drove back from Nags Head yesterday passing SUVs with kayaks on their
roofs and motor homes with bicycles strapped on the back, the reality
of summer being right around the corner became blatantly clear.
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the thermometer in my truck
displayed that it was a comfortable 74 degrees. Joggers inhabited
the bike paths in the Tri-villages, and 4x4s with full rod racks
slacked their tires in preparation for a ride out on our beautiful
The transition from spring to summer is quite obvious in May.
Even though the kids aren’t out of school yet, friends and families
begin taking advantage of the gorgeous weather and great fishing.
The big rush at the boatyard has wound down as the charter boats have
all completed their annual spring haul outs in preparation for a new
season. Tackle stores are stocked up, gift shops are open, and
restaurateurs are anxious to serve guests who have come to visit.
As a lifelong offshore fisherman, I always looked forward to May as it
offered superb fishing and a full calendar of charters. More
variety in species is caught as the big “gaffer” dolphin make their
appearance, and schools of these colorful game fish become
plentiful. Blue marlins make their first good appearance, and the
average size of these trophy monsters tends to be larger in May than in
other months. Along with blackfins, and wahoos, May gives anglers the
opportunity to catch a little - or a lot - of everything.
The surf fishing reports have been good. Puppy drum, sea mullet,
bluefish and blow toads have shown up, giving anglers a mixture of
tasty fish to catch and throw in the fryer. I would expect the
fishing to only get better as the water temperatures rise.
The inshore guides have been catching drum as well, and like in the
surf, fishing should only get better. It won’t be long before the
cobias show up and these big brown fighters will begin to make their
appearance at the weigh scales.
Today I ran my first clamming charter and it was very productive as
well. Water temperatures are getting close to 70 degrees and
wading is quite comfortable. Come to think of it, a pot of
Hatteras-style chowder wouldn’t be bad!
After the beating we took this winter and early spring, it’s nice to
have some calm, comfortable weather. I have officially switched
my boat shop wardrobe of sweatpants and sneakers to summertime board
shorts and bare feet. It’s the perfect time to spend a weekend or
a week on Hatteras Island. See you soon!