June 4, 2018Don’t blink, Summer is Here!
some reason, the transition from spring to summer happened in the blink
of an eye this year. It seems like Highway 12 instantly changed
from a quiet rural road to a freeway of vehicles laden with fishing
gear and kayaks. Hatteras Island is a most popular vacation
destination because of its great beaches and surf, awesome fishing, and
lack of commercialization compared to the beaches on the mainland.
Offshore fishing is at its peak during June. Blue marlin fishing
is probably most consistent during this month and there is a tournament
scheduled each week. Dolphin fishing remains excellent, and even
though there are still a good number of “gaffers” caught, more of the
school size “bailers” start to become plentiful. Fewer yellowfin
are caught down here during the summer, but the blackfin fishing has
remained pretty good. More wahoo start inhabiting the water over
the breaks and ledges, giving anglers some fast action on trolling gear.
The nearshore boats hit it hard in June, as they sight cast for
cobia. Bucktails are casted to these prehistoric looking
creatures as they cruise the surface. They range in size from
under ten pounds to over 100. Don’t let a cobia’s
appearance turn you off. They might look like an old ugly brown
catfish, but many would choose them as their favorite fish to
eat. I got some from Risky Business Seafood the other day and had
it blackened. It was superb.
In addition to the cobia fishing, Spanish mackerel and bluefish become
abundant along the beach and can be caught trolling or casting
The boats fishing in the sound are catching nice size puppy drum and
I’ve already heard of a few speckled trout. I’ve gotta say that
the clamming has been excellent too!
The surf fishermen are starting to enjoy quite a variety of action in
addition to the Spanish mackerel and bluefish that come within
range. Blowtoads and sea mullet are biting bottom rigs along with
Commercial crabbers are in the peak of their season right now, and are
bringing in great catches of blue crabs. Some of the guys are
fishing nets in the sound while other are setting for Spanish mackerel
in the ocean. The bottom fishermen wait for stretches of little
or no current in the Gulf Stream so they can make a trip to target
grouper and tilefish.
I’ve gotta say that as much as I enjoy the quiet of Hatteras Island in
the winter, we all are thankful and depend on tourism and our guests to
help our island thrive. Come enjoy a week with us!