started out in the mid 80s but has finally settled in to normal, cooler
temperatures. Everything has been running late this year, but
lately the fishing has been great.
The offshore boats have done well with great catches
of wahoo this month, as well as dolphin, yellowfin tuna and blackfin
tuna. October has also provided anglers with outstanding bottom
fishing. Spurgeon told me that he has seen some of the best
fishing he has seen in years. Besides triggerfish, vermillion
snappers and silver snappers have shown up in big numbers as
well. Live bait king mackerel fishing should be starting
now. It’s as much action as you can have with a rod and reel.
Drum fishing has been off the chain for the inshore boats. Sight
casting to the big boys and bait fishing have both been
productive. Every size they make is out there right now!
Speckled and gray trout have both been abundant, giving fishermen lots
of great action casting grubs and artificials. Bluefish and
Spanish mackerel have still been around the inlet and up and down the
beach, near shore in the ocean. There have been a number of
flounder caught, particularly by the giggers, but last I heard, it was
starting to slow down.
I took a ride out to Cape Point a week ago, and it would have been hard
to find a parking spot. The big red drum fishing has been good in
the surf, if that’s your thing. I’ve heard more mention of black
drum in the surf this year than I can remember, as well
as sea mullet, pompano, puppy drum and speckled trout. Throw in a
few blues and Spanish, and you’ve got quite the assortment of good eats!
Commercial fishermen are coming into a busy time of year, as there are
several species that can be lucrative to fish for in the fall.
Long liners will be bringing in good catches of yellowfin and big eye
tuna, as well as swordfish during the fall.
Normally, these guys stay out for a few days at a time to get a good
catch. Closer to home, king mackerel fishermen are cranking new
wire on their downriggers and rods, getting ready for the fall trolling
season. Gillnetters have still been catching Spanish mackerel and
bluefish in their small mesh nets, and soon the sea mullet will be
plentiful enough to scrap out some days on them.
In the sound, I am currently fishing gill nets for flounder. It’s
been an odd year with the unusually warm temps. The flounder
didn’t really start moving until the water temperature began to drop,
and that happened WAY later than normal. Since the cool down,
we’ve had some pretty good fishing, however, it’s cooling down too
much, too quickly, and it may leave us with a short season if the fish
It’s a great time for fishermen and beachcombers to enjoy a quieter
time on the beach. Sweatshirts in the morning now, instead of
t-shirts, and I’m just about to retire the board shorts for 2018.
Pack up your duffle for a weekend trip to Hatteras. I’ll see you
for breakfast at Sonny’s!