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  • NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing: Updated October, 20 2011

    Fall has officially hit N.C. and great fishing both inshore and off has come with it. Read more to find out just where the best action is.

    Northern North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (North Carolina line to Ocracoke)
    Overall Summary for the region
    Ocean:Offshore activity was heavy because of very good catches of dolphin, wahoo and both, yellowfin and blackfin tuna. Billfish catches dropped off somewhat because few anglers targeted them. Midrange catches remained uneventful with the exception of a few king mackerel and an occasional red drum or striped bass caught by Gulf Stream anglers returning from their offshore trips. Near-shore success improved with some large striped bass catches just inside the three-mile legal zone. Spotted seatrout were caught in the surf zone, but rough seas made access was tough.

    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center brings us these reports
    10/18/2011 Our inshore boats had catches of drum, flounder, speckled trout, and bluefish once again today. Blue fish were biting well for the near shore fleet as well today. Tuna fishing has turned around from the weekend. The offshore fleet had excellent catches of black fin tuna and a good yellow fin bite. Several black fin tuna citations were reported today ranging from 22 to 29 pounds.

    10/17/2011 Today was a good day of fishing. Our offshore boats brought back yellowfin tuna, several blackfin tuna, a few gaffer dolphin, and a couple of wahoo with one being a citation. There were two sailfish caught and released. Our inshore boats caught blues, speckled trout, puppy drum, flounder, lots of sheepshead and lots of tautogs.

    10/16/2011 Inshore light tackle boats had catches of speckled trout, flounder, and some puppy drum. Our near shore fleet had good numbers of bluefish today. The offshore fleet had fair tuna catches consisting of both blackfin and yellowfin tunas. We had offshore releases of sailfish reported as well.

    10/15/2011 We had a few boats fishing near shore and around the inlet today. Inshore boats caught sound stripers, speckled trout, spots, and bluefish. Near shore there were catches of bluefish. Our offshore fleet had catches that consisted mainly of dolphin (mahi mahi) with a couple yellow fin tunas and a release blue marlin. The head boat fished today and caught a variety of sound fish (bluefish, spot, pigfish, etc.)

    10/14/2011 Today was a very good day of fishing. Our offshore fleet returned to the docks with limits of dolphin, several yellowfin tuna, lots of blackfin tuna and some wahoo. There was a blue marlin and a sailfish released today. The Headboat The Miss Oregon Inlet had a fair amount of blues and flounder.

    10/13/2011 Fishing was pretty good today. The offshore fleet came back with limits of dolphin, gaffers and bailers, there were some yellowfin and blackfin tuna and several wahoos. The nearshore boats are catching lots and lots of bluefish and some albacore. The inshore boat had some striper and a few spot today. The headboat "The Miss Oregon Inlet caught good blues and flounder and fair exotics.

    10/11/2011 There were catches of bluefish for our nearshore fleet today and speckled trout and bluefish were caught by our inshore fleet. Our headboat caught fair bluefish and some pigfish this morning. The sea was a little too rough for the offshore fleet today.

    Pirate's Cove in Manteo has these fishing reports,
    10/20/2011 Winds of 25 - 30 KT and 8 -11 FT seas kept all the boats at the dock today.* Conditions will diminish overnight and great fishing weather is expected tomorrow and thru the weekend into next week.* Tuna, wahoo, and dolphin were the dominant catch this week along with a few sailfish and blue marlin releases.* Give us a call @ 1-800-367-4728 or click on the CHARTER tab above to book your bluewater fishing trip while the bite is still hot.* REMINDER: The Fishing Tackle Flea Market will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 @*The Pavilion here at Pirates Cove from 7 AM - 10 AM.* Free Admission.**Come by to shop or sell fishing tackle, marine equipment, hunting gear and accessories, and much,*much more.* For booth reservations contact [email protected]*or call 1-800-367-4728.* C'mon, let's go fishin'

    10/19/2011 Unfortunately, the weather was a bit rainy and windy today, keeping all of the fleet at the dock today.* No fishing report for today.* However, this is a good time to think about signing up for, or attending the Fishing*Tackle*Flea Market on November 12, 2011!

    10/18/2011 Today was a good day to go fishing out of Pirate's Cove Marina.* Hog Wild had 1 Sailfish, and a meatfish grand slam - Yellowfin Tuna, Dolphin, and Wahoo.* There was an across the board Tuna Bite today - Blackfin &*Yellowfin. We're happy to see the dolphin bite continuing as well as the Wahoo.* The fishing is remaining consistent, which means it is a great time to come down to Pirate's*Cove Marina to book your next fishing trip of a lifetime!* Make Up Charters are always available, so click on Charters above to submit a form.* You can also book a boat online at anytime, from anywhere!* Tomorrows weather doesn't look good - but the seas & wind are forcasted to diminish by Friday allowing for fishing to commence.*

    10/17/2011 Blue skies and sunshine prevailed today, along with a southwesterly breeze. It looks like we have one more nice day before conditions deteriorate on Wednesday.
    The offshore fleet had a mixed bag again today. Wahoo and Tuna were caught on every boat and there were a few dolphin and a couple of sailfish releases. Robert Norma from Fredericksburg, Virginia earned two citations! The first was for a 43 pound Wahoo and the second for a sailfish release.

    10/16/2011 Another beautiful October day on the Outer Banks!
    Fishing provided a mixed bag today. There were reports of Dolphin and big Wahoo. The wahoo have been very plentiful this week, and an excellent choice for dinner! Tuna fishing has slowed down a little, but several boats had a nice mix of Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna.
    A cold front will push through mid-week and more seasonal temperatures are expected…hopefully, the tuna will come with it! Give us a call to book your charter today…800-367-4728!

    10/15/2011 Beautiful weather and great fishing; it just doesn't get any better in the Outer Banks.* The Offshore fleet catch consisted of yellowfin and blackfin tuna, bailer and gaffer dolphin, a couple of sailfish releases and several wahoo (including a 67 lb citation).* The Nearshore fleet catch was mostly bluefish.* It's a great time of the year for bluewater fishing so give us a call for information on our various charter options to get you on the fish.*

    10/14/2011 Another absolutely beautiful day for fishing on the Outer Banks.* The Offshore fleet hit on wahoo big time with one boat landing 12 and another 9 while others had 3-4 a piece.* In additon, the catch included yellowfin tuna, some box-fulls of bailer dolphin and the release of a 200+ lb blue marlin.* The Nearshore fleet tore it up with bluefish this morning.* The weather forecast is for clear, sunny skies and calm seas throught the weekend and into next week -- an ideal time to book a charter and try your hand at the tuna bite.* Call us @ 1-800-367-4728 for information on our charter options or click on the charter tab above.* The fleet comes in around 4:30 - 5:30 PM if you want to walk the docks and view the day's catch.* Don't forget to stop by the Ships Store to check out the wide variety of sportswear and souveniers on hand.* Tight Lines!

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Flounder catches dropped off with only a few fish recorded. Fishermen caught large spotted seatrout and striped bass, a noticeable increase from the previous week. The best catches came in early morning and then again just before nightfall.

    Piers/Beaches: Most anglers caught spotted seatrout with very little effort. Large pompano, along with high volume amounts of spot, kingfish and pigfish filled coolers.

    Central North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Ocracoke Inlet to Surf City)
    Overall Summary for the region
    Ocean: Offshore, the big wahoo continued to be brought in, as well as dolphin and blackfin tuna. The offshore bottom fishing brought in large numbers of sizable gray triggerfish and some nice numbers of gag groupers. Also being caught last week were white grunts, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, scup and flounder. Inside of 10 miles, Spanish mackerel and bluefish continued to be caught in decent numbers. Near shore, bottom anglers saw some kingfish (sea mullet), black sea bass, small flounder, scup and Atlantic sharpnose sharks in the mix.

    Capt. Joe Shute's Bait and Tackle Report in Atlantic Beach reported that king mackerel have finally showed up in large numbers on some of teh reefs about 12 miles off the beach.* Jerry's Reef, the Tripple Nickle area, and the Northwest Places and Big Ten area have good numbers of mid teen and lower 20 lb king mackerel.* There are kings as well over on the eastside of the Cape Lookout shoals around the Atlas Tanker, 1700 Rock and the 30 Minute Rock areas.* The false albcore bite has been very good the last few days.* There have been plenty of albacore up arond the Cape Lookut shoals and on the eastside of the shoals.* There have also been some schools of old red drum on the east beaches.* Inshore the speckled trout and gray trout bite continues to pick up and the spots are still biting in the sound and on the piers.* Offshore the wahoo bite continues to be very good.* Down south around the Swansboro Hole and up around the Big Rock area.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spot were still showing up everywhere from the Emerald Isle Bridge to the White Oak River area, off the beach at Shackleford Banks, Gallants Channel and west of the N.C. Port turning basin near the no wake zone where it drops off.* There were also reports of good sized trout in the turning basin near this drop off. Fisherm

    Piers/Shore: The piers continued to have spotty catches of spot, croaker, sea mullet (kingfish), pigfish and Florida pompano. There were also some silver perch and small black drum and a couple of keeper weakfish (gray trout) in the mix this past weekend. Shore and surf reports for the past weekend were hit or miss on bluefish, pigfish, sharks, skates, the occasional trout and some small flounder. en were still catching sheepshead at the bridges all along the coast. A few flounder and bluefish were caught in the turning basin, as well.*

    Southern North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Surf City to North Carolina line)

    Overall Summary for the Region
    Ocean: When weather conditions permitted, anglers did well on the wahoo and sailfish in the gulfstream. Bottom fishermen caught red, gag and scamp groupers in water depths of 100 to 120 feet. Gag grouper were also biting very well in the 10- to 20-mile range. Anglers targeting king mackerel caught a few fish, but fishing in general has been poor. Lighthouse Rock produced the best fishing, but the fall king mackerel bite hasn't materialized this year so far. Flounder and red drum were caught on the artificial reefs and ledges in the one- to five-mile range off the coast.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Overall anglers had some success fishing area rivers, bays and creeks. Anglers caught red drum and speckled trout using both artificial bait and live bait. The southern part of the Cape Fear River produced some trout, but most fish were on the small size. Carolina Beach Inlet and Little River Inlet were the two hot spots for trout, with most fish in the 2-to-3-pound range. Fishermen targeting flounder caught some citation sized flounder in the Cape Fear River and Snow's Cut.

    Piers/Shore: Area piers reported a good week of fishing. Spot runs were a little more consistent than the previous weeks. Along with the spot, anglers caught some large sea mullet and pompano. Flounder fishermen had another good week with some catching limits of legal sized flounder. King mackerel anglers landed a few kings. Surf anglers saw much improvement in their catches. Red and black drum, large sea mullets and pompano, along with some bluefish in the 2- to 4-pound range were also caught.

    NCBBA 3rd Annual Red Drum Tournament
    October 20-23, 2011
    Avon, NC
    For more info: (252) 995-4171
    Tournament Registration Info

    CCA Inside/Out Fishing Tournament
    October 22, 2011
    Portside Marina, Morehead City
    For more info: Stephen Ammons, 919.781.FISH(3474),

    9th Annual Gordie McAdams Speckled Trout Surf Fishing Tournament
    October 22 - December 3, 2011
    For more info: Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation, 252-354-6350,

    2011 Fall Brawl King Classic at Ocean Isle Fishing Center
    October 21 - 23, 2011
    For more information: Ocean Isle Fishing Center, 910-575-3474,

    Pamlico County Shrine Club Speckled Trout Tournament
    October 22, 2011
    Grantsboro, NC
    For more info:252-249-2084

    See you on the water,
    Bryce Butner
    Tidal Fish North Carolina Associate Editor

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