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Ocracoke Fishing September 2013

This past week was quiet on the island as all the kids headed back into school. The weather was beautiful and those who were here fishing the beach in close with cut bait or shrimp reported puppy drum, black drum, and sea mullets. There was a citation red drum caught at the end of the island on cut bait early evening. Those throwing glass minnows on a fast retrieve found bluefish as well in the early morning and early evening.Inshore fishing reports includes bluefish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, a few trout, and puppy drum this past week. Offshore reports continue to include nice wahoo and a couple of dolphin.

This past week on Ocracoke's beach we had reports of lots of bluefish on cut bait as well as lures, sea mullets, spots, gray trout, puppy drum, and some larger drum outside the slot limit. The weather was incredible-mild and sunny all week. Inshore reports included bluefish, spanish mackerel, flounder, speckled trout, puppy drum, and a few larger drum. Offshore reports include wahoo, amberjack, small tuna, and some dolphin.


Ocracoke has had perfect weather this week and folks lucky enough to be here found nice catches of fish on the beach. The surf reports include lots of small and medium bluefish on bait and lures, small pompano, nice croakers, a few keeper size flounder, sea mullets, a few gray trout, puppy drum and some outside the slot limit, and even a keeper cobia. Inshore reports included lots of bluefish, flounder, speckled trout, puppy drum, and a couple of larger drum. Offshore reports include wahoo, dolphin, triggerfish, amberjack, and small tuna. 


Ocracoke has continued to have beautiful weather this past week and the fishing has been great. The surf reports include lots of small and medium bluefish, some keeper size flounder, a few gray trout, and nice puppy drum. Inshore reports included lots of bluefish, some small and keeper sized flounder, nice speckled trout, puppy drum, and citation red drum. Offshore reports include wahoo, amberjack, dolphin, and small tuna. 


What to Expect for Fishing Ocracoke Next Month in October


October is the peak fishing month on Ocracoke Island. Jumping mullets move along the inlets and beach, providing a great source of bait for game fish such as drum and bluefish. Water temperatures start to cool down toward the end of the month, bringing larger bluefish and citation (over 40 inches) red drum to the surf.
Surf fishing for smaller fish and trophies can be excellent throughout the month. Puppy drum are the primary target of surf fishermen, with many yearling sized drum (27 to 37 inches) mixed in as well. Most red drum are caught on fresh chunks of mullet, and there are many citation fish landed from the surf. Plenty of sea mullets and bluefish can be mixed in, and a few gray trout may be caught by those targeting the sea mullets. Although pompano are a warm water summertime fish, a few may be caught on the prettiest days. Small flounder are caught along the beach, but the best chances of catching larger flounder is along the inlets.
Rougher weather brings better chances of the big red drum, and black drum in the three to ten pound range are also found in the rough surf. Shrimp will be the bait of choice for black drum, sea mullets, and pompano. While we haven't seen huge bluefish blitzes in the surf for many years, the bluefish sizes increase during the month. Most bluefish are caught on pieces of fresh bait. But many anglers enjoy catching them on artificial lures such as Hopkins spoons, and some target bluefish with finger mullets fished on finger mullet rigs.
Inshore boaters take advantage of all the same fish being caught from the beach, and the boaters may also be able to find speckled trout on grubs, Mirrolures, and Hopkins. The biggest target of inshore boaters will be sight casting large bucktails to schooling big red drum. Many inshore fishermen find flounder as they become more plentiful, and some take advantage of gigging flounder at night as the flounder move onto the flats.
Offshore trolling focuses on wahoo, with some of the better catches of the year. King mackerel and amberjack can be found near the wrecks. And bottom fish will include grouper, triggerfish, and black sea bass.













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