August 3, 2018Island Fishing: Settled Into Summer
By CAPTAIN DAVID WILSON
out my living room window, I am greeted by a rare sight …
sunshine!! The last couple of weeks have left us drenched and
ready for some blue sky. Over 20 inches of rain fell on Hatteras
Island last month, so locals and vacationers alike are anxious for a
change. A temporary shellfish closure has been in effect due to
the runoff, which has greatly impacted my clamming business.
Fortunately, the closure has been lifted, and it’s back to business as
August usually brings a lot of hot, calm weather. Beachgoers
enjoy ocean and soundside activities such as fishing, surfing,
paddleboarding, shell hunting, and sunbathing. Highway 12 is busy
with traffic - not only cars and trucks but also joggers and
cyclists. No need in being in a big hurry!
I’ve had some of my best offshore catches in August, and I’ve had some
hot, slow days. You never know what August is gonna throw at
you. Generally, the wahoo fishing picks up as well as the
sailfishing. Dolphin fishing can be great in August, but it’s
dependent on the conditions in the Gulf Stream. When the current
isn’t running too hard, the bottom fishing is usually great as well.
The inshore guides have been doing great on red drum. Slot size
fish as well as bigger ones are abundant. Speckled trout have
been kind of scattered, but should be getting thicker any time.
Bluefish and Spanish mackerel have occupied the guys trolling near
shore, and I have been hearing of a pretty good sign of kings already
this summer. Flounder gigging at night can be very productive if
the conditions are right, and several of our local inshore guides can
get you out and on some fish if you want to give it a try.
Surf fishermen have been catching a little bit of everything.
Puppy drum, sea mullet, spot, pompano and bluefish can be found just
about anywhere up and down our beach, if you’re lucky.
The shrimp boat has been coming in every couple of days with fresh
brown shrimp from the Pamlico Sound. I just bagged up a hundred
pounds and stocked my freezer, so I’m set for the winter!
Commercial bottom fishing boats are bringing in grouper and tilefish,
providing local restaurants with the best table fare you can eat.
Kids will be headed back to school before you know it, so you still
have time to squeeze in a Hatteras Island vacation. There is lots
and lots to do on Hatteras Island, so get on down here for some fun in