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Ocracoke Fishing August 2013

Beautiful weather on the island this past week has slowed the fishing down a little. When it looks like a commercial with little waves usually the fish become picky eaters.  There are still catches of bluefish, puppy drum, sea mullet and black drum for those fishing in the close with small hooks. Inshore fishing reports include flounder, some speckled trout, a few puppy drum and some citation red drum at dusk to dark. Offshore reports include some wahoo, amberjack, and triggerfish this past week.


Those fishing along Ocracoke's beach this past week found bluefish, puppy drum, spots, sea mullets, and black drum in the wash using shrimp or cut bait. A few spanish mackerel also showed up for those using glass minnows early in the morning. Inshore fishing reports include flounder, a few puppy drum and citation red drum in the evening. Offshore reports include wahoo and triggerfish.


We continue to have the same summertime fishing this past week along Ocracoke's beach. Folks fishing right in the wash using shrimp, cut bait, and bloodworms are finding bluefish, spots, sea mullets, croakers, puppy drum, and black drum. Some bluefish and Spanish mackerel also have shown up at South Point for those using glass minnows early in the morning or early evening. Inshore fishing reports continue to include flounder, bluefish, some puppy drum and citation red drum in the evening. Offshore reports include wahoo, a few dolphin, and amberjack.


This past week had fewer folks on the island fishing as schools started back elsewhere. Those fishing in close still were able to find some black drum, several puppy drum, and bluefish on lures and cut bait. Inshore fishing reports continue to include bluefish, trout, some puppy drum and citation red drum in the evening.Offshore reports include wahoo, triggerfish, a few dolphin, and amberjack.

We have had the same summertime fishing report as the rest of the month, but in the past week we have reports of bluefish and spanish mackerel on both ends of the island. We also still had the reports of black drum, flounder, puppy drum, and sea mullets for those fishing in close on the beach with cut bait or shrimp.Inshore fishing reports continue to include bluefish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, some puppy drum and citation red drum in the evening.Offshore reports include wahoo, triggerfish, a few dolphin and some black sea bass.

What to Expect for Fishing Ocracoke Next Month in September

September marks the beginning of the fall fishing season. The finger mullet migration begins in full force during the month with the first cooler weather, and the mass movement of bait triggers better fishing both on the beach and in the sound.

Large red drum start to show up in better numbers behind the island for inshore boaters, a true sign that fall fishing is on the way. And yet summertime species such as Spanish mackerel and pompano usually stay through the month for surf and inshore fishing.

Warm surf water temperatures at Ocracoke ensure beautiful beach days through the month. Surf fishing improves as 20 to 27 inch puppy drum and yearling drum, red drum from 27 to 34 inches, start to be caught in better numbers. These fish are caught on shrimp, cut pieces of mullet, or on finger mullet. Many anglers are successful fishing quite close to the beach, as many of these drum are feeding on the plentiful sand fleas still found in the surf wash. And toward the end of the month a lucky fishermen may catch the first citation red drum, a drum over 40”, of the season from the surf. Sea mullets and pompano are caught in the very near surf on shrimp, as these fish are feeding on the sand fleas. Flounder fishing also improves, with the best catches usually occurring near the inlets. Small bluefish have been plentiful throughout the summer, but the sizes and catches should improve during September. We also expect the last nice catches of Spanish mackerel along the beach for those casting stingsilvers.

Inshore fishing around Ocracoke Inlet includes gray and speckled trout, sea mullets, black drum, puppy drum, flounder, and possibly sheepshead and triggerfish. These fish are caught on bait while drifting Teaches Hole Channel and Wallace Channel. Shrimp and squid tipped on speck rigs are popular choices, although some fishermen bring sand fleas from the beach. Live finger mullet are also popular for many targeting flounder and puppy drum. Spanish mackerel continue to be caught trolling clarkspoons and drone spoons. A king mackerel or two may surprise anglers targeting Spanish as well.

Offshore fishing is a mix of fish, including king mackerel, dolphin, and amberjack. Some anglers enjoy nice bottom fishing for triggerfish and black sea bass. And a lucky few find sailfish or marlin in the gulfstream waters found about 20 to 25 miles from the inlet. Experienced offshore fishermen troll wire rigs for wahoo, one of the most popular late summer offshore catches.









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