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Apr 10 2009

North Carolina Saltwater Inshore Offshore Fishing Report: Updated April 9, 2008

oregon_inlet_tuna_fishing_reportSorry for the long delay in reports, but we have been super busy. North Carolina is seeing some awesome fishing now, with a lot of catches of blue fin and the tasty yellow fin tuna offshore. Also, dolphin and wahoos are starting to fill anglers’ coolers. Inshore, the puppy drum and bluefishing has been pretty good with some decent sized fish being caught. Some migratory shad and stripers are showing up as well.

(The picture was caught on board of TidalFish.com member, HIT N RUN’s boat.)

Bill from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported: ”
April 5, 2009 Fishing Report
Several boats offshore today. Although the catches of yellowfin were not as good as yesturday. Boats average about five to six yellowfin per boat, along with awsome bluefin fishing again today. With some wahoo’s, dolphin and makos. Our nearshore boat went wreck fishing and had lots of tilefish and seabass. We have charters available, so let one of our experience captains take you out and make all your fishing dreams come true.

April 4, 2009 Fishing Report
Even though today started out blustery, it turned out to be a beautiful day for fishing. A Near-shore boat caught and released a number of Sea Bass. One of the four Offshore boats who went out this morning came back at 1:30 pm with his limit of Yellow Fin Tuna. The next boat came back with a 130 lb Blue Fin Tuna and 15 Yellow Fin. Another boat came in with 6 Yellow Fin, and the other had Continue Reading »

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Sep 29 2008

North Carolina Fishing Reports: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing- Updated September 29, 2008

North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Reports

Bill from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported:
September 26, 2008 Fishing Report
The weather has improved but seas were not settled enough today for boats to venture into the ocean. Three open boats fished in the sound. They caught some nice puppy drum, speckled trout and flounders. I took a picture of some of the puppy drum that ould have been great. They were beautiful golden fish of good size. I failed to check the cameras lense protector. Reports indicate that there is some really good fishing coming up next week in the sounds and offshore.

September 25, 2008 Fishing Report
We have had a weather system sitting off our coast for the past week that has curtailed most fishing activities. some fishing has taken place in sheltered areas such as the sound side of Bonner Bridge ans off island by Bodie Light house. Some speckled trout, spots and bluefish have been caught. This system is due to wind down in the next couip[le of days. It is anticipated that fishing will be good as a result. This wind will have moved things along. Strip[ed Bass (rockfish) season opens in the Albemarle Sound management area on the first of October (next Wednesday).The limits as posted on http://www.ncfisheries.net/strbass.htm are minimum length 18 inches, three fish per person per day. The size limit in the ocean is 28 inches minimum size and 2 per person per day same source. Inshore charters and open boats are looking forward to the rock fish season.”

TW’s Bait and Tackle reported:

September 26, 2008 Fishing Report
Though the wind has switched we still have high seas. We do have people fishing the piers. The Outer Banks pier reported 4 puppy Drum. One keeper.

September 25, 2008 Fishing Report
I think Trout fishing will be really good after this storm blows over.
Stay tuned.”


NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS COVERING THE ENTIRE NORTH CAROLINA COAST

Reported from North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

From Knotts Island to Ocracoke:
Ocean: Dolphin catches have been very good with limits being caught on most trips.  Yellowfin tuna catches are much improved, with some nice specimens of 50 to 60 lbs being caught.  Pretty good numbers of wahoo, blackfin tuna, barracuda, greater amberjack, vermilion snapper, black seabass, and assorted billfish were also caught.  Midrange anglers continue to struggle, with only a few striped bass and red drum being caught.  Nearshore anglers are still catching some nice Spanish mackerel and bluefish when the blitz hits, but with much less frequency than last week’s high volume catches.  Croaker, kingfish, and red drum catches continue to improve.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers caught a mixed bag of species in low-moderate amounts. Red drum catches throughout the area were greatly improved, but most were too small to be legal.  Spotted seatrout catches were good under the Washington Baum Bridge in the early morning hours.
Piers/Shore: Anglers caught some very large croakers this week, a few of them weighing in at 3lbs or greater.  Spadefish, blue runners, pinfish, spot, pigfish, kingfish, and assorted skates and rays were caught in moderate amounts.
General Overview: Unfavorable weather conditions have limited fishing efforts somewhat, but conditions are predicted to improve mid-week.  Water temps in the surf throughout the Outer Banks are in the mid-upper 70s.

From Portsmouth to Surf City:

Ocean:  Weather kept most anglers on shore. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel continue to rule the ocean from around Cape Lookout down the beaches to Topsail. There is no offshore report this week.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: The Turning Basin at the Port was active, with anglers catching nice croakers and pigfish. We had a 10-pound flounder hooked. He came from somewhere in the Beaufort-Morehead City area. The inlets continue to have large Spanish and bluefish. Speckled trout continue to be thick in the Neuse River. Anglers are getting their limit in a couple of hours and the fish weigh from 1.5 to a little over two pounds.
Piers/Shore:  Pier fishing was really hot early Sunday morning. A school of red drum passed by and there was a flurry of activity. Bluefish and Spanish were also hooked – many weighing up to two pounds. Nice sized pompano, black drum   and croakers were seen in coolers. The bluefish blitz continued all morning. Beach bank fishing from Fort Macon, Emerald Isle and Topsail Beach was better than usual. Anglers were catching bluefish and Spanish, speckled trout and ladyfish.

From Topsail to Sunset Beach:
Ocean: Offshore, no reports from last week due to high winds. There were some wahoo, dolphin, and sailfish caught before the blow. Nearshore, the fall king mackerel bite is starting to kick off. There were some very nice fish caught last week along the Brunswick County beaches. Yaupon reef and Lockwood Folly Inlet produced some nice catches over the weekend with fish up to 40 pounds reported. Spanish mackerel fishing was also good last week as well in the same general areas where the kings were caught. There were a good many large red drum caught by king mackerel fisherman at Yaupon reef as well.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing seemed to really slow this week. The flounder fishing has really slowed in the Cape Fear River over the last couple of weeks, and the trout fishing, which has been good, slowed last week. Windy conditions all week made fishing difficult. I did hear of some really good red drum catches in the ICW down toward Ocean Isle. Some very nice catches of sheepshead were caught last week at Snow’s cut.
Piers/Shore: Fishing has been getting better every day. Area piers report very nice catches of pompano, black drum, and tons of bluefish. There are also some Spanish mackerel being caught in good numbers when conditions are right. There were some good king mackerel catches last week on most area piers, with the pier on Oak Island doing well on them. The spots should start showing in the coming weeks. No reports from the surf last week due to the high surf, but catches should mirror the pier catches.

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Sep 10 2008

North Carolina Fishing Reports: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing- Updated September 8, 2008

North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Reports
Lots of good reports from North Carolina earlier this week before Hanna, offshore boats were catching a lot of yellowfin, dolphin and billfish. Inshore, Spanish Mackeral, bluefish, and red drum were keeping anglers happy. One TidalFIsh member reported of a dolphin being caught off the pier in Nags Head. With all the run off from Hanna and the weather from Ike on the way, anglers will probably be stuck on the couch this week or limited to freshwater lakes and ponds.

 

Bill from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported:
September 4, 2008 Fishing Report
Busy day here at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Most of the boats have left for safe refuge in case one of these hurricanes (Hanna), comes calling. A few boats went off shore. They caught dolphin, tuna and bilfish. White marlin in particular are numerous followed by sailfish and there is alsways the posibility of hooking a spectacular blue one. One boat had eight white marlin and a blue marlin. There were at least twenty five white marlin released today. Inshore Great spanish mackerel, tailor bluefish and false albacore. Open boats caught speckled trout and flounders. Miss Oregon Inlet caught croakers, sea mulet and grey trout.

September 3, 2008 Fishing Report
Offshore good dolphin fishing, plentiful school fish and some impressive gaffers. I counted 25 white marlin flags, two blue marlins and three sailfish. There are some outstanding yellowfin tunas being caught.Two nice wahoos were caught.Another grand slam achieved consisting of a blue marlin, several white marlin and a sail fish. Other boats came close just had difficulty getting the last species needed to qualify, had the oportunies. Inshore good tailor bluefish and spanish mackerel. An all day trip caught king mackerel, triggerfish and a lot of false albacore. The false albacore are an exctiing fish often spotted by a small cluster of birds moving from place to place as the false albacore pop up driving bait to the surface. They move very fast and give a good account of themselves on the line. Open boats had good speckled trout and bluefish fishing. One boat also caught perch and another caught flounders and spanish mackerel. Miss Oregon inlet had a good morning on bluefish.

September 2, 2008 Fishing Reports
A wonderful variety of catches made at the Gulf Sream. Lots of dolphin including some citation gaffers. Citation yellowfin tunas weighing 96, 73, 79, 65 and 81 pounds. Lots of billfish. caught and released.I counted 27 white marlin flags, seven sailfish and one blue marlin. The blue marlin combined with three white marlin and a sailfish made it a grand slam. Inshore lots of tailor bluefish and spanish mackerel. False albacore were also caught and a barracuda. Open boats had a good day on soeckled trout. An allday trip caught bluefish and cobia. Miss Oregon inlet caught sea mullet.”


TW’s Bait and Tackle reported:

September 6, 2008 Fishing Reports
No report this morning. The storm is no more than what we usually have with a nor’easter. The good news, we are not having the beach erosion we have with the NE winds. That’s a good thing.

September 5, 2008 Fishing Reports
Sound Fishing Report: Little Bridge anglers are catching Specks, Puppy Drum and Black Drum.
Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Spot, Sea Mullet, Blues and a 30 in Cobia earlier this morning.
Nags Head: Blues, Puppy Drum and Spot.
Outer Banks: Blues, Puppy Drum and Spot.
Offshore Boats Report: The few boats that went off shore on Thursday caught Dolphin, Tuna and Billfish. Most boats are seeking refuge from the incoming storms.

September 4, 2008 Fishing Reports
Surf Fishing Report: John Newbold of TW’s Tackle caught and released many Drum south of Oregon Inlet on Wednesday. The largest one measuring at 33 in.
Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge reported Specks and Flounder.
Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Blues and Spanish.
Nags Head: Blues, Spanish and a few Pompano.
Outer Banks: Spot, Blues and Spanish.
Inshore Boats Report: Spanish, blues King Mackerel, Triggerfish and False Albacore
Offshore Boats Report: Yesterday was another great billfish day. Another grand slam. Lots of Dolphin and Yellowfin.”

NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS COVERING THE ENTIRE NORTH CAROLINA COAST

Reported from North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

From Knotts Island to Ocracoke:
Ocean: Offshore fishing remains good with limits of dolphin, greater amberjack, blueline tilefish, wahoo, barracuda, and assorted snappers and groupers out of the  Hatteras marinas.  Tuna catches remain few with the exception of a few bigeye tuna out of the northern Outer Banks marinas.  Billfish catches remain consistent, with good catches of sailfish and blue and white marlin.  Midrange catch rates made a modest improvement, with some very large striped bass being caught 8 to10-miles offshore along with a few red drum, triggerfish, and black seabass.  Artificial reefs have been producing some nice sheepshead and tautog on a fairly regular basis.  Fishing slowed a bit for inshore anglers.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Flounder have been the primary target of these anglers, and for good reason! Well over 50% of the ones they hook are legal keeping size.  Oregon Inlet has produced the bulk of them with most catches in the very shallow areas near the various islands, but nice specimens were caught throughout the region.  Spotted seatrout  and citation size croakers were caught in Roanoke Sound underneath the Washington Baum Bridge.  There have been some good catches of striped bass at Manns Harbor.
Piers/Shore: Success rates slowed, with only a few bluefish and Spanish mackerel being caught.  A few spot, croaker, pigfish, pinfish, blue runners, spadefish, skates, and assorted sharks were all also caught.  There were some good cobia catches from piers, especially at night, with a few citation size catches being landed.
General Overview: Anglers continued to have moderate success rates in most modes and favorable weather conditions predicted for the coming week.  Tropical storm Hanna may affect fishing efforts toward the end of the week.


From Portsmouth to Surf City:

Ocean:  Fishing for Spanish mackerel is wide open.  Fish, two pounds or more can be caught off the beaches from Cape Lookout to Bogue Inlet.  Swimming with them are bluefish, which are especially thick on the Cape Lookout Shoals.  Black sea bass can be found on AR 330 along with good-sized flounder. The Honeyhole contains dolphin.  Wahoo can be hooked around AR 300 and kings are around Buoy 14.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Sheepshead are still here and can be caught along the seawall at the state port, and all the posts and pilings of the bridges in the county. The Turning Basin at the state port has pigfish, sea mullet, lizardfish, flounder and undersized sea bass.
Piers/Shore:  Good-sized sea mullet and pigfish can be found in the surf. Large bluefish were jumping close to the beaches on Radio Island. Piers had a mixed bag – a little of everything from Spanish in the early mornings to shark, rays pigfish, croakers and spots during the heat of the day.

From Topsail to Sunset Beach:
Ocean: Offshore, the wahoo have been biting pretty good over the last week or two. If the wahoo don’t bite you can move inshore a few miles and try bottom fishing for red grouper. Closer to shore there were some decent king catches last week around the tower as well as some African pompano.  Ledges in the 10 to 20-mile range produced some outstanding sailfish catches last week. Near shore reefs are still producing nice flounder and a few large red drum.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: There wasn’t a lot of change from previous weeks. Flounder fishing seems to be fair with some fish over eight pounds caught last week. Trout are also biting decent in the Cape Fear River. Both flounder and trout are being caught from Southport to Wilmington. Live menhaden and finger mullet are catching the flounder and live shrimp are producing the trout. Black and red drum are being reported in the same areas as well.
Piers/Shore: Fishing was fair last week. Spanish mackerel and some nice king mackerel were caught on the Oak Island Pier earlier in the week. Anglers on area piers reported catches of flounder, black drum, pompano, sea mullets, and a few bluefish.

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Aug 29 2008

North Carolina Fishing Reports: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing- Updated August 29, 2008

North Carolina Fishing Reports, North Carolina Offshore Fishing ReportsRiver Herring in Trouble
North Carolina increased its budget on River Herring recovery efforts this year to over $250,000 appropriated just for the herring studies. Each week, our state’s biologists set out trawl nets to take samples of the River Herring, as of mid-August the biologists have yet to even see a herring. Collecting these fish in the the summer time show whether or not the spawning was successful. Considering that the biologist have yet to catch a single fish all summer, the spawn could not have been successful. One of the main culprits of this depleted fishery is the development of our coastal lands; many of the spawning grounds from the 1970s and 1980s have been drained and commercialized. Earlier this year a moratorium was placed on the harvest of these fish, which is one step towards the rebuilding of the stock. Studies are currently underway to determine if the temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen, as well as the plankton (a main food source for River Herring) levels within the Albemarle Sound. One study from 2005 suggested that the stock could be rebuilt, but that it would take nearly 20 years–since 2005 the stock has depleted even farther. Hopefully our Division of Marine Fisheries will come up with a plan to properly manage this species and bring it back to life.

 

(Pictured above is a sailfish caught aboard TidalFish member HIT N RUN, check the report here.)


North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Reports

Bill from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported:
August 28, 2008 Fishing Report
Weather wise we got some showers and a SSE wind. Only a few boats went offshore. The boats that went offshore caught good size yellowfin tunas and dolphin. One of the dolphin weighed 43 pounds. A blue marlin was caught and released. It was the tenth blue marlin for this boat this year. None of the inshore boats or open boats fished.


August 27, 2008 Fishing Report
Offshore good dolphin fishing and some nice yellowfin tunas. Five sailfish, a white marlin and a blue marlin were caught and released. Inshore a good run of ideal size bluefish and spanish mackerel. An open boat caught to cobias a flunder and a sheepshead. The larger cobia weighed 40 pounds. A much bigger cobia was faught for a long time but won the battle. A second open boat caught big speckled trout a third caught speckled trout and bluefish. Miss Oregon Inlet caught sea mullet, croakers and grey trout in the morning, croakers and sea mullet in the afternoon.

August 26, 2008 Fishing Reports

Offshore all the boats limited in dolphin. Two boats caught and released sailfish. The sailfish were present in good numbers but reluctant biters. Two boats also had two yellowfin tunas each. Inshore lots of spanish mackerel and bluefish. An all day trip had good false albacore fishing . An open boat had real good speckled trout fishing in the morning, caught and released sharks in the afternoon. Two young ladies caught most of the trout. Miss Oregon Inlet caught croakers and sea mullet.”

TW’s Bait and Tackle reported:

August 28, 2008 Fishing Report
In Summary: The open shoreline is open from ramp 4 south for 2.1 miles to Oregon Inlet and Ramp 4 north for 2.1 miles. Nighttime driving is prohibited from 10 pm to 6 am. Sea turtles will be nesting until November. Closures are smaller.
Surf Fishing Report: Slow. Rough water.
Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge anglers are catching a few Puppy Drum.
Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Slow.
Nags Head: Few small Blues
Outer Banks: Few small Blues and Croaker.
Inshore Boats Report: Trolling boats caught Blues and Spanish. Open boats caught nice Cobia, Flounder, Trout and Sheepshead on Wednesday.
Offshore Boats Report: Dolphin and Yellowfin Tuna

 

August 27, 2008 Fishing Report
In Summary: Rough seas this morning. Water temp is 77 degrees. Wind straight out the east at 18 kts reported by Army corps of Engineers Research Pier in Duck.
Surf Fishing Report: A few bottom fish and Blues.
Sound Fishing Report: Little Bridge is slow. Anglers are catching a few Spot and Flounder.
Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Bluefish.
Nags Head: Blues and Spot.
Outer Banks: Double header Spot this morning, Blues and Flounder.
Inshore Boats Report: Open boat had a good Trout bite yesterday. Inshore boaters also caught Spanish, Blues and false Albacore.
Offshore Boats Report: The offshore boats caught their limits of Dolphin on Tuesday. A few Yellowfin Tuna was also caught.

August 26, 2008 Fishing Reports
In Summary: It is rumored, beach access at ramp 4 will be opened all the way to the bridge this week. I will let you know. I fished south of ramp 4 on Monday. Not much luck but much grass.
Surf Fishing Report: Bottom fish and Blues.
Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge reported Specks and Flounder.
Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Blues and Spanish. Caught a 65 lb Cobia early this morning.
Nags Head: Blues and Spanish
Outer Banks: Blues, Spanish and Spot.
Inshore Boats Report: Spanish and Bluefish caught by trolling boats. Triggerfish, False Albacore, King Mackerel and Cobia.
Offshore Boats Report: Good Dolphin fishing. Lots of Billfish caught on Monday.”

NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS COVERING THE ENTIRE NORTH CAROLINA COAST

Reported from North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

From Knotts Island to Ocracoke:
Ocean: Offshore anglers had very high success rates, with the exception of tuna catches, which were slow.  Plenty of dolphin, greater amberjack, wahoo, blueline tilefish, black seabass, triggerfish, barracuda, and vermilion snapper were caught this week.  Billfish anglers caught sailfish and both blue and white marlin on a fairly regular basis.  Midrange catches took a downward trend. Fishing was slower, with the exception of a few isolated catches of striped bass and a few triggerfish and sheepshead on the artificial reefs. Inshore anglers had very good success rates with Spanish mackerel and bluefish for some short term yet high-volume action.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing improved over what we saw last week.  Flounder catches were much improved, with nice specimens being caught throughout the area.  Oregon Inlet produced the bulk of them. Most were caught in the shallow areas near the various islands and landmasses.  Spotted seatrout and very large croakers were caught in the same area in very high numbers.  Sheepshead and tautog were caught around the bridge structure at Oregon Inlet on a regular basis, with mole crabs (sand fleas) being the bait of choice. Striped bass catches at Manns Harbor made a modest improvement.
Piers/Shore: Anglers had similar success rates to the inshore boaters, with catches of Spanish mackerel and bluefish making up the bulk of their catches.  Atlantic spadefish, banded rudderfish, blue runners, silver perch, spot, pigfish, pinfish, croaker. skates, stingrays, and assorted sharks were caught with moderate regularity.  Cobia catches on piers were very good, with citation size specimens being caught on a regular basis.
General Overview: Success rates improved across the board, with water temps in the surf throughout the area in the upper 70s-lower 80s.  Tropical depression Fay may affect fishing efforts mid-late week.

From Portsmouth to Surf City:

Ocean:  It has been rough  offshore all week and not many boats have ventured out. Large Spanish can still be hooked off the beach and around Cape Lookout.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Nice pigfish are popping up everywhere. Sheepshead are around all bridge and pier pilings in Carteret and Onslow counties.  Good catches of spotted seatrout are reported if you fish at night under the lights of bridges. They are also still up in the marshes with redfish.  Bluefish and small sea mullet, croakers and black drum can be hooked in the turning basin of the state port. All in all – fishing is a little slow.
Piers/Shore:  Sheepshead are being caught around the pilings and black drum in the surf. Croakers, small spot, sea mullet and bluefish can be hooked.

From Topsail to Sunset Beach:
Ocean: Weather-wise, last week was not good. The wind blew most of the week and did not allow boats to venture offshore. There have been some reports of the wahoo starting to bite. Red grouper fishing has been decent if the wahoo don’t cooperate. Closer to shore, there are some African pompano and some nice kings being reported around the tower. Near/shore reefs are producing some flounder, spadefish, and over-the-slot red drum.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Not much has changed. There are some flounder coming out of the river, with fish being caught from the mouth of the river all the way to Wilmington. Trout are still being caught around Oak Island/Southport area. Tarpon fishing around the muddy slough area has been producing some fish of late. Late evenings/night has been the best time to fish.
Piers/Shore: Fishing dropped off last week due to weather. Area piers report some keeper flounder, pompano, blues and sea mullets. Spanish mackerel fishing was good before the wind starting blowing.

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Aug 15 2008

North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Reports: Updated August 14, 2008

The US Navy has recently reported that it wants to expand it’s bombing ranges within the Pamlico Sound, these bombing ranges are off-limits to recreational boaters and fisherman. The BT-9 and BT-11 bombing ranges in the Pamlico sound have been around for decades but now with stronger and stronger bombs they have decided they need to expand these areas to stay safe. Both areas of off-limits to boats and foot traffic. The BT-9 bombing range is near Brant Island and is already a circular region 6 nautical miles across. If this passes, the region will be expanded so that a boat will have to cross over Brant Island Shoals to pass the island, these shoals are highly dangerous to small recreational fishing boats. The BT-11 bombing range is near Piney Island, if this range is expanded some of our state’s finest shoreline fishing will be taken away. Both of these regions are home to many crabs, shrimp and oysters as well as trout, red drum and flounder. Many see this as a trend of the government taking away public access to our public resources.

Not only are they trying to take away our public access to a fine fishery but they are doing so without a full environmental impact study. No one knows how these high tech bombs will affect local fish habitats but you can bet that they won’t be improved. Please let your local representatives know that you are against the expansion of the BT-9 and BT-11 bombing ranges in the Pamlico Sound.

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August 14, 2008 Fishing Report
Ocean conditions while not as bad as were predicted were unsettled enough to keep all but one offshore boat in port. That boat found conditions improving throughout the day. Unless something unforeseen happens it should be a nice day tommorrow. The fishing was good for both dolphin and tile fish. Inshore bluefish and spanish mackerel trolling was good. Open boats went after different types of fish. Only two boats did the same type of fishing. They had good speckled trout and flounder fishing both morning and afternoon. One boat caught puppy drum morning and afternoon. Another boat caught bluefish. Finnally the last boat caught two cobias and a dolphin. Miss Oregon Inlet caught flounders, croakers and sea mullet. I have to get out there and try to catch some of those sea mullet they are really good eating.

August 13, 2008 Fishing Report
Offshore good dolphin and tile fishing. Both fish are good eating. The dolphin are more sporting to catch. For many people the tile fish are their favorite to eat, often compared with grouper. Inshore good trolling for spanish mackerel and tailor bluefish. Open boats also trolled for spanish mackerel and tailor bluefish. Miss Oregon Inlet caught croakers and sea mullet.

August 12, 2008 Fishing Report

Today dolphin combined with tile fish resulted in outstanding catches made at the Gulf Stream. I counted eight white marlin flags and three sailfish flags. Hurrying from one side of the marina to the other I almost missed a god catch. I got there just in time to see the captain tossing fish into a big plastic can. The fish cannot be left on the dock any longer than it takes to get a picture or two. The pickup crew waste no time getting the fish to where they can be kept cool and fresh. Inshore excellent spanish mackerel by all the inshore boats. open boats caught speckled trout and flounders. One boat had a nice catch consisting of a cobia and spanish mackerel. Miss Oregon Inlet caught flounders, sea mullet and croakers in the morning croakers and flounders in the afternoon.”

TW’s Bait and Tackle reported:
August 14, 2008 Fishing Report
Surf Fishing Report: Surf-casters are beaching Bluefish and bottom fish.

Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge reported Flounder and Croaker. They have also caught Stripers in the 23 in range. Of course you can’t keep them but it is good action.

Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Small Blues

Nags Head: Spot, Blues and Spade.

Outer Banks: Sea Mullet, Croaker and Blues.

Inshore Boats Report: Spanish and Blues.

Offshore Boats Report: Good Dolphin and Tile fishing.

August 13, 2008 Fishing Report
Surf Fishing Report: Scattered bottom fish and a few Blues.

Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge on the causeway are catching Black Drum and Flounder

Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Blues and Spadefish.

Nags Head: Blues and Flounder.

Outer Banks: Blues and a 22 lb Cobia and a 50 lb King this morning.

August 12, 2008 Fishing Report
Surf Fishing Report: Bottom fish and Bluefish.

Sound Fishing Report: The Melvin R. Daniel Bridge on the Nags Head/Roanoke Island causeway are decking Flounder and Black Drum.

Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Sea Mullet and Blues.

Nags Head: Blues, Spanish, Spot, and Flounder.

Outer Banks: Blues and Spanish early. Spot, Sea Mullet and seven keeper Flounder.

Inshore Boats Report: Open boats are catching Flounder, Bluefish, Trout and Cobia. Trolling boats are catching Spanish, a few King were caught also.

Offshore Boats Report: Dolphin. Limits of Tilefish are caught. Many Billfish caught and released on Monday.”

 

NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS COVERING THE ENTIRE NORTH CAROLINA COAST

Reported from North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

From Knotts Island to Ocracoke:
Ocean: Offshore anglers caught limits of dolphin with moderate amounts of wahoo, king mackerel, amberjack, and billfish.  Very few tuna were caught.  Midrange anglers caught king mackerel, cobia, and very large striped bass 6-8 miles offshore.  Triggerfish, sheepshead, and black sea bass were caught around most of the artificial reefs.  Inshore anglers caught limits of Spanish mackerel with very little effort when seas were calm enough to access them in the near shore surf zone.  There were also some good catches of bluefish, flounder, and kingfish.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spotted seatrout and flounder were most prevalent with most specimens being caught in the early morning hours throughout the area.  Keeper ratios have been very good for both flounder and trout.  High numbers of croakers were caught on a daily basis with a few kingfish mixed in.  Sheepshead, tautog, and black drum were caught around the bridge structure at Oregon Inlet.
Piers/Shore: Anglers had similar success to the inshore boaters.  Spanish mackerel catches were the best I have seen in recent memory, with limits being caught by everyone targeting them.  King mackerel catches off piers were very good, with a few citation size ones being recorded this week.  Bluefish were caught in short-term high-volume numbers.   

General Overview: Water temps in the surf are very warm with upper 70s to lower 80s throughout the area.  Catch rates continued to improve ccross the board.  Weather is predicted favorable for the coming week.

From Portsmouth to Surf City:

Ocean:  The Spanish mackerel bite is still strong off the beaches, particularly around Shackleford and Cape Lookout.  Smaller fish in the 10 to 12-inch range have been holding closer to the beach while larger fish of up to 2-3 lbs are in deeper water.  Look out for the occasional small king mixed in!  Small kings, larger Spanish, some keeper flounder, and lots of sharks have also been reported from the near shore artificial reefs and wrecks.  Large black sea bass were caught at AR 300.  Offshore, the dolphin bite appears to have slowed, but many grouper and triggerfish were caught on hard bottom.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: The sheepshead fishing is still good.  In and around Beaufort Inlet, anglers caught some of the biggest sea mullet of the year, along with a mix of spot, croaker and pigfish.  Anglers in the New River/North Topsail area reported catching sheepshead and some nice speckled trout.

Piers/Shore:  Look for bluefish, small sheepshead, spot, croaker, and the occasional black drum or Spanish mackerel.

From Topsail to Sunset Beach:
Ocean: Offshore, bottom fishing in the 30 to 50-mile range has been producing red, gag, and scamp groupers, along with an assortment of other reef fish. Closer to shore there are some kings around but fishing has been a little slow. Most ledges in the 10 to 20-mile range are holding a few fish along with amberjacks, barracuda, and the occasional sailfish. The near shore reefs are holding some nice flounder and spadefish.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing has been decent, considering we are in the dog days of summer. There are still some nice trout catches taking place. Oak Island/Southport area is were most of the trout are being caught. Along with the trout there are some decent flounder catches as well, with fish up to 8 pounds reported last week. Carolina Beach Inlet has produced some nice flounder over the last couple of weeks. Sheepshead and black drum are biting. The ADM dock and Snow’s cut are two good spots to try.

Piers/Shore: Fishing picked up this week. Topsail Island piers saw some spots show up along some pompano and sea mullets. They also saw some more tarpon catches last week. New Hanover and Brunswick county piers reported Spanish, blues, pompano and some keeper flounder. Until Next Week, Tight Lines! Dalton

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Aug 09 2008

North Carolina Fishing Reports: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing: Updated August 7, 2008

Protecting our Deepwater Friends
The Fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmoshperic Association (NOAA) has recently issued an amendment for discussion and approval to its Grouper-Snapper off the South Atlantic States. Proposed will be an opening of eight new Marine Protection Area (MPA) that will prohibit fishing for Grouper and Snapper species by both recreational and commercial fisherman. One of the proposed MPA’s is 55 nautical miles southeast of Southport, NC and consists of an area 10 nautical miles by 15 nautical miles. According to NOAA, the Snapper and Grouper species are currently being overfished and measures must be taken to protect the sustainability of these species.

Snapper and Grouper species are incredibly vulnerable to overfishing for a few reasons. First, these species live a very long time, some over 50 years and with this exceptional life span it takes many years for these fish to reach sexual maturity. Second, these fish have a very high release mortality rate due to the the high pressures of the deepwater in which they live. On a recent fishing trip off the North Carolina coast I saw first hand the high mortality rate of the snapper species, I caught several undersized Red Snappers and the crew did what they could to vent the fish for release but some fish still floated and twitched until finally giving up after release. While fishing for these deep dwelling bottom fish, please properly release the fish that aren’t going in the cooler, see this website for details on how to release deep dwellers.

For more information on the proposed ammendment visit this site. The deadline for voicing your opinion on this legislation is August 15, 2008. Submit your comments here.

North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Reports
North Carolina Specked Trout, Outer Banks Speck, OBX Trout, Hatteras Trout, Hatteras SpeckThis week we are hearing lots of reports of good fishing. Offshore, trolling boats have caught and released a lot of sailfish, as well as many gaffer sized dolphin. The tuna bite has been slow, with only a few tunas boated all week. Deep dropping boats are catching a lot of big black sea bass, snapper, and grouper. Nearshore, boats have still been picking up lots of cobia and king mackeral, as well as spanish mackeral. Inshore boats have been catching small tailor blues and spanish mackeral, as well as a few flounder.

Bill from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported:
August 6, 2008 Fishing Report
Offshore some good dolphin catches. Twelve sailfish flags were displayed. Sailfish are still providing a lot of action. They also provide excellent photo oportunities. Deep bottom fishing is bringing up a lot of good size tile fish. Tiles are very mild and very good on the table. Inshore trolling is good with lots of spanish mackerel and tailor bluefish. Open boats went after a variety of fish. Some caught sharks mostly Atlantic sharp noses. Some caught spanish mackerl and flounders. One thirty two pound king mackerl was caught while live baiting for cobias. One boat caught eight cobias releasing one and spanish mackerel. Miss Oregon Inlet caught croakers in the morning and good flounders in the afternoon.

August 5, 2008 Fishing Report
A meeting was taking place in the room where I normally post our fishing report. I therefor got pictures entered and am putting the text in at home. There were more good dolphin catches today. It is welcome. Several sailfish were caught and released. Scattered wahoo were caught. Inshore very good spanish mackerel and tailor bluefish were fishing. The morning belonged to spanish mackerel, the afternoon to tailor bluefish. One open boat caught speckled trout and puppy drum. Miss Oregon inlet caught croakers and sea mullet in the morning flounders and croakers in the afternoon.

August 4, 2008 Fishing Report
Offshore some good dolphin catches. Scattered wahoo. The bigest wahoo was 43 pound the bigest dolphin 44 pounds.Five sailfish and a blue marlin were caught and released. Inshore Good tailor bluefish and spanish mackerel trolling. Open boats one fished for sharks, One open boat had a good catch of tailor bluefish.Another caught spanish mackerel and cobias. Miss Oregon Inlet caught croakers and sea mullet in the morning, flounders and croakers in the afternoon.”

 

TW’s Bait and Tackle reported:
August 7, 2008 Fishing Report
In Summary: The water temp is 85 degrees this morning. That is hot. Calm winds are NW.
Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge reported early morning Puppy Drum and now catching Croaker and Black Drum…
Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Spanish and Sea Mullet
Nags Head: Spanish and Blues early and now catching Small Croaker and small Flounder.
Outer Banks: Spanish, Blues, Spot and keeper Flounder and small Flounder.
Inshore Boats Report: Deep sea bottom anglers are catching lots of Tilefish. Trolling boats are still having good Spanish and Blues fishing. One open boat caught eight Cobia on Wednesday.
Offshore Boats Report: Gulf Stream anglers are catching many Dolphin. Yesterday was a good Sailfish.

August 6, 2008 Fishing Report
Surf Fishing Report: Bottom fish and Blues.
Sound Fishing Report: Anglers are catching Puppy Drum, Black Drum and Croaker from the Melvin R. Daniel Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway.
Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Spanish early and Sea Mullet and multiple Cobia spotted.
Nags Head: Spanish and Blues
Outer Banks: Spanish, Blues, small Spot, Spade, Pinfish, Flounder and Sea Mullet.
Inshore Boats Report: Good Spanish and Blues. Specks and Puppy Drum in the Oregon Inlet area.
Offshore Boats Report: Scattered Wahoo and Dolphin. Sailfish caught and released on Tuesday.

August 5, 2008 Fishing Report
In Summary: Fishing is good everywhere this morning. It is excellent on the north end. Anglers are beaching plenty of Blues, Sea Mullet and bottom fish. There have been some Spanish caught from the surf. All piers are catching the same. Avalon pier weighed in a 17 lb Cobia on Monday.
Surf Fishing Report: Fish everywhere.
Sound Fishing Report: The little bridge reported Trout early, Black Drum, Spot and Croaker.
Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Sea Mullet, Spanish and Blues.
Nags Head: Spanish, Blues, and Spot.
Outer Banks: Spanish, Blues and Spades.
Inshore Boats Report: Good Spanish and Blues. Lots of Tilefish.
Offshore Boats Report: Dolphin and scattered Wahoo

 

NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS COVERING THE ENTIRE NORTH CAROLINA COAST

Reported from North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

From Knotts Island to Ocracoke:
Ocean: Offshore anglers saw a substantial increase in catch rates as compared to the last several weeks.  Tuna catches were slow, but anglers caught plenty of dolphin, wahoo, amberjack, king mackerel, blueline tilefish, and billfish.  Midrange action was moderate to good with striped bass and king mackerel being caught around 6 to 8-miles offshore from Duck southward to the Pea Island area.  Anglers should note that striped bass caught in the ocean beyond three miles are unlawful to possess, and those caught within the three mile range, that are legal specimens, must have a landing tag affixed and catch card filled out.  Tags and cards are available at most marinas, piers, and tackle shops.  Triggerfish, black sea bass, and a few very large sheepshead were caught around most of the artificial reefs.  Inshore anglers caught bluefish and Spanish mackerel on a fairly regular basis in the very near shore surf zone.  Access was tough, allowing anglers to catch them only when seas were calm.  Flounder catches slowed somewhat compared to last week’s high-volume action, but some nice specimens were caught, with sand fleas and shrimp being the bait of choice.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Flounder, spotted seatrout, and very large croakers made up the bulk of the catches in these waters. Anglers that fished in the early morning hours had good results, and catch rates quickly dropped off around noon.  Flounder keeper ratios were very good with well over 50% of them being legal size.  There were some good catches of red drum, kingfish, puffers, pigfish, pinfish, silver perch, spot and bluefish. Sheepshead and tautog were caught on a regular basis around the bridge structure at Oregon Inlet.
Piers/Shore: Rough seas didn’t stop pier and shore fisherman from catching plenty of bluefish and Spanish mackerel on a very consistent basis.  Spoons, jigs, and assorted lures on the surface were the best thing to catch them on when they passed by for some short-term high-volume action.  Cobia catches off of piers were very good, especially at night. Flounder catches in the near shore surf zone were moderate to good, with sand fleas being the bait of choice.  Red drum catches from Avon southward improved somewhat.
General Overview: Fishing continues to improve across the board, with anglers having moderate-good success rates in all zones.  Water temps in the surf throughout the region remain in the upper 70s.

From Portsmouth to Surf City:

Ocean:  Good catches of Spanish mackerel continue.  Spanish around two and three pounds can be hooked around the Beaufort Inlet-Shackleford Banks area. Kings are on AR 315 and AR 320. There were great catches of grouper and black sea bass reported on AR 300. Dolphin and billfish continue to be the prime catch of the charter boats.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Sheepshead continue to be caught in good numbers around all bridges in Carteret County and the bridge over the White Oak River.  Spotted sea trout and flounder are reported from the Topsail Sound area. There also are many tarpon in the Topsail area and up around Oriental. Anglers at the Turning Basin of the Morehead City port are catching flounder, Atlantic cutlassfish, small pigfish and sea mullet.
Piers/Shore:  Small spot, croaker, pigfish, bluefish ,and sharks were caught this week.

From Topsail to Sunset Beach:
Ocean: Very few reports from boats fishing offshore. Bottom fishing in the 35 to 55-mile range should be producing some grouper, mostly reds along with some scamps and gags. Closer to shore, there are some kings biting, nothing great but there are some fish around. Places that have been producing some fish are the shark hole and jungle down south, and the 23-mile rock area. There were a good many sailfish caught last week, with some fish coming as close as a couple miles off the beach. There are good numbers of tarpon being reported on the south end of Topsail Island. Near/shore reefs have been producing some decent flounder catches of late. John’s Creek has been a good spot to try.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Inshore, fishing has remained fairly good. Flounder are being caught in the river in decent numbers along some nice trout. Most trout are coming out of the southern part of the river. Sheepshead and black drum are biting well at places such as the ADM dock and Snow’s cut.
Piers/Shore: Fishing is somewhat slow. There are some keeper flounder being caught along with some sea mullets, pompano, and bluefish. Topsail Island piers saw a good many tarpon last week

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Jul 21 2008

North Carolina Fishing Reports: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing: Updated July 17, 2008

North Carolina SailfishBill from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported: ” July 16, 2008 Fishing Report
Offshore boats found yellowfin tuna and dolphin. More tuna than dolphin. One of the dolphin weighed 35 pounds. Several boats had wahoos. Billfish included 2 sailfish and a blue marlin. Inshore one boat on an all day trip caught trigger fish, cobia, amberjacks and sea bass. There were spanish mackerel caught trolling. Open boats caught speckled trout Open boats also caught flounders.Miss Oregon Inlet caught flounders.

(Above picture was taken from the Hoo Dini charter boat out of Nags Head, NC)

July 15, 2008 Fishing Report
Offshore it was dolphin, wahoo and tuna. There were two 55 pounders a dolphin and a wahoo. Three sailfish were caught and released.The big wahoo came charging out of the water for the bait. It is an exciting fish. Inshore Tailor bluefish and spanish mackerel in the morning, croakers and sharks in the afternoon. Two open boats caught cobias and sharks, one caught speckled trout both morning and afternoon. Miss Oregon Inlet had good flounder fishing keeping 10. One flounder measured 17 inches. They also had good spot and croaker fishing.

July 14, 2008 Fishing Report
This was a dolphin day. Some big gaffer dolphin amongst the school size fish. One boat had a 45 pound dolphin and a 47 pounder. Another boat had a 38 pound dolphin. Several wahoo in the catches.One of the wahoo weighed 46 pounds. One white marlin and two sailfish were caught and released. Inshore boats caught tailor bluefish and spanish mackerel trolling. At the same time a 73 pound cobia was caught perhaps by sight casting. Bottom fishing inshore boats caught triggerfish and sea bass both excellent on the table. Open boats depending on the type of fishing each did caught sheepsheads and black drum. One of the sheepesheads weighed 10 pounds. Two boats caught a cobia each and sharks. Most of these sharks were black tips. Two boats caught speckled trout. For variety one boat caught flounders, bluefish and sharks.”

TW’s Bait and Tackle reported: “July 17, 2008 Fishing Report
The weather is really nice. Wind out of N at 14 kts. A clear day. Take advantage.
Surf Fishing Report: Bottom fish and Blues.
Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge on the Nags head/Manteo causeway  reported Trout, Black Drum, Spot and Croaker.
Pier Fishing Report: Avalon: Blues, Spanish and Flounder.
Nags Head: Blues, Flounder and Spot.
Outer Banks: Croaker, Sea Mullet Blues and Flounder.
Inshore Boats Report: Trolling boats are still having good Spanish and Blues. Open boats are catching Trout and Flounder.
Offshore Boats Report: Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, Sailfish and Marlin.

July 15, 2008 Fishing Report
In Summary: Justin Stewart caught a 19 lb Red Snapper fishing from the Miss Hatteras charter boat. Miss Hatteras Captain stated the 19 lb Snapper was the biggest his boat has ever caught. Citation size is 10 lb.
Surf Fishing Report: Maybe a few Blues.
Sound Fishing Report: Black Drum, Flounder and Spot reported by the Little Bridge on the causeway.
Pier Fishing Report: Avalon: Few Blues.
Nags Head: Few Blues and small flounder.
Outer Banks: Blues, Small flounder, Spot and Croaker.
Inshore Boats Report: Trolling boats are catching Bluefish and Spanish. Deep water anglers are decking Triggerfish and Sea bass. Open boats are catching Cobia, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Trout and Flounder. There was a 73 lb Cobia caught on Monday.
Offshore Boats Report: There was a big Dolphin bite on Monday. Also catching Wahoo and Billfish.

July 14, 2008 Fishing Report
In Summary: The wind has switched to WSW today and there is grass. David Rohde caught a nice Trout. Citation size for Trout changed this year from 4 lb to 5 lb.  Matthew from Moyock caught a nice size 3 lb Spanish.
Surf Fishing Report: A few Blues and bottom fish.
Sound Fishing Report: The Little Bridge reported slow. A few Croaker and Spot have been caught and 2 Flounder.
Pier Fishing Report: Avalon: All the grass you can catch.
Nags Head: A few Blues and bottom fish.
Outer Banks: Spot, Croaker and 2 Flounder.
Inshore Boats Report: Open boats should be catching a few Blues and bottom fish. Trolling boats will catch Spanish and Blues today.
Offshore Boats Report: Dolphin and Tuna”

NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS COVERING THE ENTIRE NORTH CAROLINA COAST

Reported from North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

From Knotts Island to Ocracoke:
Ocean: Offshore catches improved from last week’s slow activity.  Blackfin, yellowfin, bigeye, and even a few bluefin tuna were caught this week, along with a few dolphin and wahoo. Billfish catches were very good, with sailfish, blue and white marlin being caught on a regular basis.  Midrange anglers caught triggerfish, black seabass, amberjack, and increasing numbers of striped bass.  Cobia and king mackerel are still being caught about 8-10 miles offshore by anglers returning from gulfstream trips.  Inshore action included bluefish and Spanish mackerel in the near shore surf zone when seas were calm enough to access them.  There were some nice catches of flounder.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers were happy with the good flounder keeper ratios of 50% or more throughout the area.  Spotted seatrout and red drum were caught by early morning anglers at the Melvin Daniels bridge  and underneath the Washington Baum bridge opposite Pirates Cove marina.  Green Island slough at Oregon Inlet produced weakfish  and spotted seatrout at dawn and dusk.

Piers/Shore: Spanish mackerel catches were very good for both pier and shore anglers. Bluefish offered some short term/high volume action for anglers.  A few kingfish, croakers, puffers, burrfish, spot, skates, and assorted sharks were caught. Red drum catches from Avon southward to Ocracoke improved considerably.  Anglers caught cobia while fishing at night from piers.

From Portsmouth to Surf City:
Ocean:  Summertime slows fishing down. The heat is here along with the wind. Gaffer dolphin and nice-sized wahoo are still being hooked and billfish are prevalent. Sunday a boat came in with a grand slam – two blue marlin, three white marlin and a sailfish. Other than that, the waterfront has been quiet. Spanish mackerel and bluefish are along the beaches and around both Bogue and Beaufort inlets. Kings were reported at the sea buoy – about 8 miles out.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: A few redfish were reported in the Topsail Beach area and the Bogue Sound-Newport River and large numbers at Bogue Inlet.  Many undersized flounder were reported caught and released this past week from all waters. Pigfish can be caught around the Beaufort drawbridge and the turning basin of the state port. Anglers are catching many undersized black sea bass. Anglers are reporting many sharks.

Piers/Shore:  Piers have a mixed bag of croakers, spot, undersized flounder, pigfish and pinfish.   Bluefish and Spanish are keeping the fishing active.

From Topsail to Sunset Beach:
Ocean: Bottom fishing remains a good option this time year. Red, gag, and scamp groupers are biting on most ledges in the 30 to 50-mile range along with a host of other reef fish. King mackerel fishing was good last week at the shark hole and the dredge wreck. Slow trolling live bait such as cigar minnows and menhaden is the most productive method. Flounder fishing on the near/shore reefs typically picks up this time of year. The reefs just off the beaches of Brunswick and New Hanover are great places to try. Live bait such as mullet or menhaden fished on a Carolina rig is the ticket. There should be spadefish on most of the near/shore reefs as well. Tarpon fishing around Bald Head and on the shoals is another option this time of year.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Flounder fishing has been fair. I haven’t seen any outstanding catches, but most people are catching a few up to 8 pounds. The near/shore reefs and the Cape Fear River have been producing some fish of late. Trout are still biting in the lower Cape Fear around Southport, and in the waterway around Sunset Beach. Sight fishing for drum in the creeks and bays has been good from Topsail to Bald Head when conditions are right. Sheepshead and black drum are biting well at the ADM dock and Snow’s cut.

Piers/Shore: Typical summertime fishing. Topsail Island piers reported pompano, sea mullet, and a few keeper flounder. There were a few king mackerel landed last week. New Hanover piers saw much the same, with one pier doing outstanding on the king mackerel. Brunswick County piers had a good week on trout and pompano. There were a few king mackerel landed as well.

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Jul 11 2008

North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Reports- Updated July 11 2008

North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Reports
Bill from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported:
“July 10, 2008 Fishing Report

Some nice big bigeye tunas showed up in the catches today. They ranged in weight from 97 pounds to 187 pounds. More yellowfin catches, one nice one had 10 all running from 40 to 50 pounds a peice. Best dolphin catch recorded was 8 they also had a 177 pound bigeye and 2 yellowfins. Inshore boats caught tailor bluefish trolling in the morning, trigger fish and sea bass bottom fishing in the afternoon. Open boats on all day trips caught cobias. A half day trip caught speckled trout amd flounders. Miss Oregon Inlet caught croakers morning and afternoon.

July 9, 2008 Fishing Report

Offshore dolphin and yellowfin tuna, scattered wahoo. One wahoo weighed 31 pounds. two sailfish and a blue marlin were caught and released. Weather a propblem. Thunder storms throughout the afternoon curtailed some fishing activities. Inshore boats caught tailor bluefish and spanish mackerel trolling. Bottom fishing landed good size triggerfish. An all day inshore trip combined both trolling and bottom fishing with good results on each. Open boats had good speckled trout fishing. An all day trip caught two cobias weighing 35 and 45 pounds. An AM trip caught and released 5 sharks. I missed getting pictures by not getting out there early enough.

July 8, 2008 Fishing Report

Good day’s fishing all around both offshore, inshore and open boat charters. Offshore there were a lot of dolphin caught, some wahoos, blackfin tunas and billfish. The dolphin had a good quantity of gaffer sized amongst the school sized fish. There was a 40 pounder and a 35 pounder. One boat had 55 another 25 dolphin. Billfish- there were 7 sailfish and several white marlins. Inshore good trolling for spanish mackerel and tailor bluefish. Open boats targeted different species. Speckled trout, black drum, flounders and several cobia were caught. Some spanish mackerel and tailor bluefish were caught by Continue Reading »

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