NC coastal fishing report for mid-May

The coastal fishing report for mid-May 2022 is good for numerous species from the Outer Banks to Southport.

TW’s Bait & Tackle has good reports of dolphin fishing, with numerous boats catching their limits out of Oregon Inlet in recent days. Black sea bass season opened up there this weekend, and Parker Garris caught one that weighed 4-pounds, 10-ounces. 

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They also report good catches of sea mullet (whiting) and big drum around Hatteras. The sheepshead bite is heating up for Bonner Bridge Pier anglers, who are also catching a few bluefish and some black drum.

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In the sound, anglers are catching old drum, which are showing up in large schools. Some quality speckled trout are also biting.

Leeann Edwards caught this nice speck while fishing in Oregon Inlet.

Atlantic Beach area fishing report

Further south around Atlantic Beach, the folks at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle are seeing some big speckled trout caught on topwater lures. Spencer Riggs caught a 26-inch speck on May 16.

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Spencer Riggs shows off his 26-inch speckled trout.

They also report a few big cobia are still around. They have plenty of shad and chum in stock, and this week’s weather should be great for finding The Man in the Brown Suit. Big numbers of Spanish mackerel are also being caught. The reefs are holding plenty of bonito and some chopper bluefish are beginning to show up. Some gray trout are mixed in, and they’ve been really big ones.

Marsh Madness Sportfishing said the offshore bite in that area is top notch right now, with anglers catching blue marlins, white marlins, and plenty of gaffer dolphins. They released a 400-pound blue marlin on May 16. 

Marsh Madness Sportfishing said right now is the time to catch a big marlin.

The catch was no fluke; they said the billfish bite is on.

“If a big blue marlin is on your bucket list, now is the time to go,” they said.

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