FALL FISHING IS IN THE AIR
Saturday, September 22: Afternoon update: A big, 10-pound BLACK DRUM, FLOUNDER, SPECKLED TROUT, NORTHERN PUFFER, BLUES and SPANISH MACKEREL to start the day! Nice waves for the fial day of ESA Easterns, south beach. Water temp 77 degrees and aitr temp 72. Winds SW at 6 knots. High tides 6:12 a.m. and 6:28 p.m. Low tide 12:20 p.m.
Friday, September 21: Enjoy the last day of summer! Nearshore anglers are catching small SPECKLED TROUT, keeper SPOT, NORTHERN PUFFER, SPADEFISH, BLACK DRUM and POMPANO. Everyone else is fighting a lot of grass. We've seen schools of BLACKTIP SHARKS moving south quite regularly. ESA Championships will run all day long on the south beach. Sunny and pleasant, wind NE 15 mph. Smaller, but still contestable NE swell, water temp 77 degrees. High tide 5:27 a.m. and 5:47 p.m. Low tide 11:34 a.m.
Thursday, September 20: Scattered BLUEFISH, BLACK DRUM, POMPANO and SPANISH MACKEREL. A nice-sized TRIPLE TAIL has been teasing the guys at the end. Partly sunny, wind NE 15 mph. Building NE swell filling in for the ESA Championships, water temp 76 degrees. Low tide 10:43 a.m. and 11:32 p.m. High tide 5:02 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19: Eight large RED DRUM have been released since opening this morning. Anglers are also catching scattered BLACK DRUM and POMPANO. Bright and sunny, wind NNW 15-20 mph. Small, choppy, contestable swell for Easterns, water temp 78 degrees. Low tide 9:46 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. High tide 4:12 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18: Small BLACK DRUM, SPECKLED TROUT and POMPANO. Partly sunny, wind SSW 20 mph. Small sideshore swell, water temp 78 degrees. Low tide 8:46 a.m. and 9:53 p.m. High tide 3:15 p.m. ESA Championships are scheduled to begin today on the south beach.
Monday, September 17: A big RED DRUM was released at 8:00 a.m. Anglers also catching small SPECKLED TROUT, BLACK DRUM and some nice SPOT. Partly sunny, wind S 20 mph. Sideshore SE swell, water temp 78 degrees. Low tide 7:47 a.m. and 8:56 p.m. High tide 2:16 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16: Afternoon Update: Cloudy with periods of rain. So far, a baby BLACK DRUM and a throwback SPECKLED TROUT. Water temp 78 degrees. Low tides 6:55 a.m. and 7:53 p.m. High tide 1:25 p.m. Wind East at 15 knots.
Monday, September 10: BLACK DRUM and BLUEFISH. Partly sunny, wind light and variable. Large, lumpy combo swell, water temp 80 degrees. High tide 8:23 a.m. and 8:45 p.m. Low tide 2:40 p.m.
Friday, September 7: A large SPANISH MACKEREL, some BLUEFISH, SPOT and PIGFISH. Partly cloudy, wind light N 10 mph. Some small swell showing, water temp 82 degrees. High tide 5:44 a.m. and 6:12 p.m. Low tide 11:54 a.m.
Thursday, September 6: Marvin Lewis decked a 40-inch, 32-pound COBIA at 9:30 a.m. Anglers are also catching BLUEFISH, SPADEFISH, SPOT and CROAKER. Mostly sunny, wind N 5-10 mph. Small swell, water temp 82 degrees. Low tide 10:51 a.m. and 11:48 p.m. High tide 5:14 p.m.
Wednesday, September 5: A few BLUEFISH, SPADEFISH, PIGFISH and SPANISH MACKEREL. Partly sunny and hot, wind NE 5-10 mph. Small swell with some surface chop, water temp 82 degrees. Low tide 9:43 a.m. and 10:50 p.m. High tide 4:10 p.m. "Magic" Szwarc of Charleston, S. C. caught a 41.6 pound KING MACKEREL!
Tuesday, Sept. 4: SPOT, TRIGGERFISH and PIGFISH so far. Water temp way up there at 81 degrees. A few small waves rolling in. Low tides 8:35 a.m. and 9:39 p.m. High tide 3:09 p.m. Wind N at 7 knots.
Sunday, Sept. 2: Happy Labor Day weekend! BLUES and SPANISH are first to bite today! Weather nice, same as yesterday and water temp 78 again. OBX PRO surf contest heating up for finals on south beach with long lines rolling in and breaking nicely. Low tides 6:39 a.m. and 7:31 p.m. High 1:07 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1: Happy Labor Day weekend! Afternoon update: BLUES amd SPADEFISH. Early morning bite was SPANISH MACKEREL and PIGFISH. Water temp 78 degrees. OBX PRO surf contest heating up on south beach. David Wallace of Norwalk, Ohio, just caught and released an 18 - inch COBIA on a Got - Cha plug! Low tides 5:51 a.m. and 6:34 p.m. High 12:14 p.m. Wind South at 4 knots.
Friday, August 31: A large school of MENHADEN moved through and settled in on the north side of the pier this morning. Anglers are catching a few BLUEFISH, SPADEFISH, SPOT and PIGFISH. A lot of SQUID showed up around lunchtime. Mostly sunny, wind SSW 10 mph. Minor swell, water temp 74 degrees. High tide 11:08 a.m. and 11:26 p.m. Low tide 5:36 p.m.
Thursday, August 30: A beautiful FLASE ALBACORE was decked by Mike Donnelly of Old Bridge, NJ. Anglers are also catching some BLUEFISH, SPOT, SEA MULLET, FLOUNDER, CROAKER, PUFFER and another LIZARDFISH. Sunny, wind SW 10-15 mph. Minor swell again, water temp 74 degrees. High tide 10:27 a.m. and 10:42 p.m. Low tide 4:49 p.m.
Wednesday, August 29: A small COBIA was released at 2:00 p.m. Also catching SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUEFISH, SHEEPSHEAD, TRIGGERFISH, SPOT, BAR JACKS, PIGFISH and a LIZARDFISH. Sunny, wind SSW 15-20 mph. Minimal swell, water temp 70 degrees. High tide 9:49 a.m. and 10:02 a.m. Low tide 4:07 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28: Wave Riding Vehicles' LG Shaw and friend Mike Nietes hook into a nice run of BLUEFISH while they're in town prepping for the WRV Outer Banks Pro surf contest. The waiting period runs from August 29 - September 2. Besides BLUES, anglers are also landing small SPANISH MACKEREL, SPOT, FLOUNDER and BLACK SEA BASS. Sunny, wind W 5-10 mph. Flat and glassy, water temp 74 degrees. High tide 9:13 a.m. and 9:25 p.m. Low tide 3:27 p.m.
Monday, August 27: A few SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUEFISH, PIGFISH, SPADEFISH, BLACK SEA BASS, BAR JACKS and a nice POMPANO. Clear and sunny, wind W 10 mph. Very small, glassy swell, water temp 76 degrees. High tide 8:38 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. Low tide 2:48 p.m.
Sunday, August 26: Holy mackerel! There's lots anglers catching plenty of SPANISH MACKEREL and a few BLUES early. Also picking up a few SPADEFISH, SPOT, PIGFISH and PINFISH. Small swells rolling in. Water temp 77 degrees. High tides 8:04 a.m. and 8:26 p.m. Low 2:07 p.m. Winds NE at 4 knots.
Saturday, August 25: Afternoon update: A 37-inch caught and released and one king got away.Also, a BANDED RUDDERFISH, CROAKER, SPADEFISH, SHEEPSHEAD, POMPANO and PIGFISH. There are 17 anglers pin-rig fishing off the end. High tides 7:22 a.m. and 7:46 p.m. Low tide 1:24 p.m. Wind NE at 15 knots.
Friday, August 24: SPOT, SEA MULLET, BLUEFISH and FALSE ALBACORE. Partly sunny, wind ENE 20 mph. Choppy, sloppy windswell, water temp 74 degrees. High tide 6:43 a.m. and 7:02 p.m. Low tide 12:47 p.m.
Thursday, August 23: Charles Kemplin of Prince George, VA landed a 53.5 inch, 47.7 pound KING MACKEREL at 8:00 a.m. Everyone else is catching small BLUEFISH in the surf or SPANISH MACKEREL, POMPANO and PIGFISH further out. Mostly sunny and pleasantly cool, wind N 20-25 mph. Sloppy, building windswell, water temp 74 degrees. High tide 5:59 a.m. and 6:22 p.m. Low tide 12:02 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22: Some variety this morning with BLUEFISH, TRIGGERFISH, SPOT, SEA MULLET and PIGFISH. Sunny, wind SW 15 mph. Very small, clean swell, water temp 70 degrees. High tide 5:11 a.m. and 5:39 p.m. Low tide 11:13 a.m.
Tuesday, August 21: Chuck Sampson Sr. landed a nice KING MACKEREL. The fish weighs 20.5 pounds and is 45 inches long. Plenty of BLUES and SPANISH MACKEREL to start the day! Now we're also getting POMPANO, keeper FLOUNDER and SPOT. Water temp 77 degrees. Solid swell with offshore winds. Low tides 10:10 a.m. and 11:13 p.m. High tide 4:45 a.m.
Monday, August 20: George Craig of Elizabeth City, NC got the day started right with a 53 3/8 inch, 44.7 pound KING MACKEREL. A 42 inch COBIA was tagged and released at 10:30 a.m. Another one was lost before it could be netted. Anglers have also landed scattered BLUEFISH, PINFISH, PIGFISH and a nice POMPANO. Gray skies with passing showers, wind SSE 5-10 mph. Flat and slightly choppy, water temp 76 degrees. Low tide 9:25 a.m. and 10:32 p.m. High tide 3:57 p.m.
Sunday, August 19: Chico says 74 degree water just pushed in behind a tideline! Anglers are catching BLUEFISH, PIGFISH, TRIGGERFISH, BANDED RUDDERFISH, SPADEFISH and CROAKER. Mix of sun and clouds mid-morning. Wind West at 9 knots. Low tides 8:28 a.m. and 9:26 p.m. High 3:01 p.m.
Saturday, August 18: A bigtime COBIA was caught by Tyler Howard of Richmond, Va. It weighed 45.50 pounds and was 51.25 long! Also BLUEFISH, CROAKER, SEA MULLET, SHEEPSHEAD, TRIGGERFISH and SPOT today. Water temp 72 degrees. Sunny and nice out with a smooth ocean surface. Low tides 7:38 a.m. and 8:31 p.m. High tide 2:08 p.m. Wind SW at 12 knots. The water is super clear and calm.
Friday, August 17: A good run of BLUEFISH, some nice SHEEPSHEAD, PIGFISH, SEA MULLET, SPOT, a SMOOTH PUFFER and a few small ORANGE FILEFISH. Sunny, wind SSW 15-20 mph. Small, choppy waves, water temp 77 degrees. Low tide 6:41 a.m. and 7:33 p.m. High tide 1:03 p.m.
Thursday, August 16: Morgan Kelly of Garner, N.C. landed a 41", 29.2 pound COBIA with a gut full of calico crabs at 10:30 a.m. A 37" COBIA was tagged and released at 9:15 a.m. and a 27" COBIA was tagged and released at 2:00 p.m. Otherwise we have a lot of variety today with SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUEFISH, SPOT, PIGFISH, POMPANO, BAR JACK, FLOUNDER. Clouds and an occasional rain shower have moved in this afternoon, wind SE 10 mph. Small, bumpy, contestable swell for the Rip Curl Grom Search, water temp 81 degrees. Low tide 5:51 a.m. and 6:34 p.m. High tide 12:09 p.m.
Wednesday, August 15: A good day with 3 throwback COBIA, some SPANISH MACKEREL, FLOUNDER, SPOT, TRIGGERFISH, SPADEFISH, PIGFISH and BLUEFISH. Clear sunshine, wind SW 5 mph. Very small, but rideable surf for the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge this morning, water temp 78 degrees. High tide 11:16 a.m. and 11:36 p.m. Low tide 5:38 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14: It's a good day for king fishing. Gene Metzger of Hollidaysburg, Pa. caught a 34 pound KING MACKEREL around lunch time. Another 30 pound KING MACKEREL was decked at 2:30 p.m. and two others spit the hook before they could be landed. Anglers are also catching SPANISH MACKEREL, BLUEFISH, TRIGGERFISH, PIGFISH, SPOT, CROAKER. A throwback COBIA was released at 10:00 a.m. and several more were spotted but not hungry. Mostly sunny, wind SSW 5-10 mph. Flat, glassy and gin clear, water temp 80 degrees. High tide 10:25 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Low tide 4:43 p.m.
Monday, August 13: BLUEFISH, TRIGGERFISH, SEA MULLET and PINFISH. Gray skies with passing showers and thunderstorms, wind light ESE. Flat and glassy, water temp 73 degrees. High tide 9:34 a.m. and 9:55 p.m. Low tide 3:49 p.m.