September 21, 2018
Island Fishing: Hatteras Island Fishing in September
By CAPTAIN DAVID WILSON
is with a grateful heart that I give thanks that Hatteras Island was
spared from the worst of hurricane Florence. The massive 600-mile
wide storm was forecasted to make landfall as a category 4, somewhere
between Wilmington and Hatteras.
Fortunately the storm lost a bit of strength before striking the coast
near the North Carolina South Carolina line. Days of east to
southeast winds battered our dunes and ocean overwash was a problem up
and down the island. Since the storm moved inland before turning
to the north, we didn’t have to deal with the northwest winds and sound
tide that is usually associated with a tropical storm on the Outer
Banks. Unfortunately, those days of southeast wind piled water up
and devastated areas across the sound such as New Bern. Our
prayers are with those who have the task of rebuilding their homes,
businesses, and lives.
At the beginning of the month, I planned to write about fishing in
September. I’ve been a little off track since then, but still
have plenty to write about.
September was always one of my favorite months to fish offshore.
Wahoo fishing is normally at its peak, and I love catching
wahoos. So far, this year, the wahoo fishing has not been
consistent. There have been some good days, but not like you’d
expect for this time of the year. I’m thinking things are running
late and there is some great fishing still on the way.
Sailfishing is usually also at its peak in September, but has been a
little slow as well. There have been some good catches of
dolphin, and the bottom fishing has been off the chain.
Before the storm, the inshore guides had been crushing the drum, both
slot size and bigger ones. Speckled trout should be showing up in
better numbers soon. I haven’t done much of it in a while, but
back in the day, it was one of my favorite things to do. Bluefish
have been pretty thick along the beach, as well as Spanish
mackerel. There has been a good sign of flounder, both from the
fishermen and the giggers. My last clamming trip was the day of
the evacuation, but it was as good as it had been all year.
Surf fishermen had been catching a little bit of everything out on the
beach. Reports I heard weren’t great but weren’t awful
either. Right place, right time. I would expect fishing to
improve soon. Some cooler weather won’t hurt a thing.
The commercial bottom fishing boats haven’t had a lot to fish for due
to closures. Gillnetters have been catching blues, Spanish
mackerel and sea mullet in their nets, in the ocean. Any day I
hope the gillnet season for flounder will open in the sound.
Hopefully, we’ve had our tropical threat for the year, and things can
resume to normal on Hatteras Island. Get away and take advantage
of some great fishing and much smaller crowds this fall!