Dec 13 2012

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Outer Banks NC Fishing Update

By Tony Spangler
Outer Banks NC Fishing Report Contributor

Outer Banks Report – Offshore – Inshore – Surf & Pier 

The Oregon Inlet fleet has been having difficulty getting out of the Inlet due to a combination of shoaling and missing channel buoys. When boats have been able to run the inlet this week, they are reporting good numbers of yellowfin tuna … some wahoo, dolphin and mako are mix in with the tuna.

The Virginian Pilot ran a story today saying engineers have designed a new Bonner Bridge that should help take care of the navigation and shoaling problem once complete. The new design includes nine navigational passages between the pilings, and will give captains more options to find a deep channel. The design could make dredging at the bridge less frequent.

Along the northern beaches surf anglers are finding some action with speckled trout and puppy drum when the water is calm. The Corolla ocean water temperatures are around 50 degrees, and anglers will need to see them creep into the lower 40’s for the big schools of Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay striped bass to make their way to the area this year. Kitty Hawk surf casters are hooking primarily skates and dogfish, but a few puppy drum have been in the mix as well. A handful of speckled trout have been caught around South Nags Head.

The striped bass bite in the sound is on … and the best action lately has been for anglers trolling around the Currituck and Manns Harbor bridges. Diving plugs like Rebels and Stretch 15’s are producing most of the action. The ocean temperature is still around 52 degrees and will need to drop substantially for anglers to see good action with striped bass in the ocean off Oregon Inlet this winter.

Russell Fellers and family from Bedford, VA catch a limit of tilefish on board the Release

The Hatteras offshore fleet is catching excellent numbers of blackfin tuna, both trolling and jigging. A few wahoo, albacore, dolphin, and king mackerel have been caught as well. Captain Rom Whitaker on board the Release got into some excellent bottom fishing this week returning with a limit of nice tilefish.

Not many boats have been inshore fishing around Hatteras lately, but the last reports included some good speckled trout and puppy drum action in the sound.

Hatteras surf anglers are catching sea mullet, sharks and skates, but a few puppy drum and bluefish have been biting as well. Shrimp and cut baits are the best bets for bottom fishing in the surf. One 46” striped bass was also landed in the Hatteras surf last week, but the big schools of ocean fish are still well to the north of the area.

There have been very few reports from Ocracoke this week.

Until we meet again …. Tight-lines to all !


(Source: First hand reports from our sponsors, forum members and numerous Facebook postings)

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