Fishing Report

June 20, 2018

By: Steve Fifer Fishing continues to improve as summer moves in. Ocean water temps are in the high 70’s and the water quality is excellent. The best fishing is for spanish mackerel. This year’s population is among the biggest – size wise – that we have seen here in a long while. The best places…

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June 6, 2018

By: Steve Fifer ‘Bout time. The weather has started to improve anglers can now get to the fish. The overall water condition is actually real good considering how much wind and rain we’ve had this spring. The best fishing is nearshore especially around the inlets and close-in AR’s. Spanish mackerel are mixed in with bluefish…

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May 31, 2018

By: Steve Fifer It’s looking like the fish that should have been here weeks ago are finally showing up in good numbers locally. Maybe the winds will subside enough to go catch ‘em. Offshore, the places to start to look for mahi start at about the 150’ depth and continue out to the Gulf Stream.…

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May 15, 2018

By: Steve Fifer Nice weather, but winds that are in the forecast well into the upcoming week. For some reason, NOAA has been very inaccurate with their nearshore reports. They have been way off on their forecast of wind speed, wave height, and interval so if you are planning a trip to the Cape or…

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April 30, 2018

By: Steve Fifer With daily gale warnings and small craft advisories, offshore fishing has pretty much not available so let’s take a look nearshore and inshore. The east side of the Cape has seen very good redfish activity along the clear, shallow waters of Shark Island as well as around the wrecks (Atlas Tanker, D-Wreck).…

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April 23, 2018

By: Steve Fifer With daily gale warnings and small craft advisories, offshore fishing has pretty much not available so let’s take a look nearshore and inshore. The east side of the Cape has seen very good redfish activity along the clear, shallow waters of Shark Island as well as around the wrecks (Atlas Tanker, D-Wreck).…

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April 16, 2018

By: Steve Fifer A warming trend and a day or two break from the incessant winds gave folks a chance to get out and fish. At least for a couple of days. The sea mullet have arrived in pretty good numbers and quality. Catch them by drifting the shipping channel outside the inlet or the…

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April 11, 2018

By: Steve Fifer We had a few hints that spring might here this past week and some boats were able to make it offshore to the Gulf Stream. The wahoo, yellowfin, and blackfin tuna were there, too. Wahoo were the top catch with a few yellowfin in the mix. Schools of small blackfin were chasing…

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March 26, 2018

By: Steve Fifer Good grief. Another week of lousy weather. At least the forecast for the Easter weekend looks better. For the third week in a row it has been uncomfortable-to-hazardous to fish the ocean. The inshore fishing has been decent for redfish mostly with some speckled trout and flounder in the mix, too. Your…

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March 19, 2018

By: Steve Fifer The miserable weather continues. Last week was chilly, rainy, and windy and the upcoming week’s forecast looks the same. It has been next to impossible to fish safely or comfortably for what seems like months. Local water temps are in the very low 50’s, migratory fish haven’t arrived yet, and there are…

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February 12, 2018

By: Steve Fifer Dicey weather has once again kept lots of fishermen off the water so there aren’t too many reports over the past week or so. The most active species has been redfish. They can be found up around Cape Lookout, especially around the rock jetty where piece of bait shrimp, either on a…

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January 4, 2018

By: Steve Fifer Well, there’s nothing to report! The bitter cold that started just before the new year has continued. Combined with a bomb cyclone (whatever that is) and a snowstorm it has resulted in a severe cold stun event. NC Marine fisheries issued Proclamation FF-1-2018 which closes recreational and commercial fishing for spotted seatrout…

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December 29, 2017

By: Steve Fifer The cold snap we’re currently experiencing has slowed the fishing, but hasn’t stopped it. The ocean has continued to be too choppy for small boats to venture out but if you can get to the live bottoms, ledges, wrecks, and rocks 15-25 miles out you’ll find some good bottom fishing and jigging.…

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December 20, 2017

By: Steve Fifer Good inshore and nearshore fishing going into Christmas around town. The ocean has remained very choppy so there a few reports of bluewater activity. Along the beaches from Cape Lookout down to Bear and Brown’s Inlets, there are schools of slot-sized redfish roaming. The water is very clear right now, so you…

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December 8, 2017

By: Steve Fifer The big fishing news locally involves big fish. Really big fish. The bluefin tuna have arrived off our beaches and several have been brought to the docks over the past week. This is highly specialized fishing using heavy (50 to 130# class tackle) but can reward you with the fish of a…

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November 30, 2017

By: Steve Fifer In the days following Thanksgiving, we’ve seen a mini Indian summer; temps in the upper 60’s, calm winds, and great inshore fishing. The water nearshore and in the ICW has been in the lower 50’s and the fish are very active. The speckled trout fishing is as good as we’ve seen it…

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