Weekly fishing report for the Outer Banks

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Justin Reed caught this striper on cut mullet in the surf at Nags Head.

The fishing report continues to get better and better

This Outer Banks fishing report for the third full week of April 2021 comes from TW’s Bait and Tackle. Reports are getting better and better as the water temperatures continue to climb.

In the surf

Big numbers of trout, including numerous citation fish, are coming from the surf at Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk. Mornings have been great, but anglers have also caught several 5+ pound specks throughout the nights.

The puppy drum bite continues to pick up as well in the surf, but their numbers still haven’t matched those of speckled trout.

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Charlie Shade caught this 6-pound speckled trout on cut mullet night-fishing in the Pamlico Sound.

Anglers throughout the OBX have continued to catch stripers in bigger numbers than most Outer Banks regulars have seen in their lifetimes. And these aren’t little fish. Trophy-sized stripers are also showing up at night under the pier lights. Cut mullet has been unbeatable for stripers and other species in the surf.

Anglers on the northern end are seeing an increase in sea mullet and blow toads. Bloodworms and shrimp have been the main baits.

In the sound

The sound has seen a significant increase in water temperatures over the past week. This has led to good catches of redfish and speckled trout at Little Bridge. Anglers wading near the lighthouse are also catching both species in good numbers. And anglers fishing from boats continue to hook plenty of both as well.

In the Ocracoke and Frisco areas, redfish are ganged up in huge schools. A slight cooling trend at the end of this week may cause a slight dip in the action, but redfish are expected to bite stronger and stronger in the coming days.

Offshore fishing report

For offshore anglers, the wahoo bite is picking up, some decent yellowfin continue to bite, and a few bigeye tuna are still around. The wahoo bite should continue to be strong in the coming weeks. Some citation fish have already been landed, and their numbers will grow as we move deeper into spring.

TW’s Bait and Tackle has two locations on the Outer Banks. Find them at Kitty Hawk and Nags Head, and give them a call at 252-441-4807 for all your fishing needs. Email them your photos and fishing reports to info@twstackle.com.

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About Brian Cope 1998 Articles
Brian Cope is the editor of CarolinaSportsman.com. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. You can reach him at brianc@sportsmannetwork.com.

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