Here’s what’s biting right now around Nags Head

The fishing continues to be hot in the Nags Head area.

The fishing is still strong in Nags Head

A favorable wind made the good fishing even better in the Nags Head area over the past week. And with plenty of bait moving closer in, the bite along the beaches has gotten even better. Here’s the latest report from Oceans East Bait and Tackle – Nags Head.

Beach fishing is starting to really pick up in the last several days after this northeast wind. Finger mullet are now pushing down the beach, and a variety of different fish are chasing and feeding on them. Big red drum, sea mullet, spots, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and trout are all biting on the beaches.

Oregon Inlet has been one of the hottest spots lately. Anglers are catching numerous species of fish on the north side and the south side of the inlet.

Pier fishing has also been really good. The warm ocean temperature brought on by the northeast wind is helping the bite out. Pier anglers are catching king mackerel, cobia, false albacore, and Spanish mackerel. Anglers are catching those species off the ends of the piers. The spots have been running along many of the piers, and anglers are catching them while bottom fishing.

The Outer Banks piers continue to give up nice catches of multiple species.

Blackfin tuna anglers are catching big numbers

Offshore anglers are still catching big numbers of blackfin tuna. One boat caught 60 in one day. Manchas, Green Machines, and Mini Bars have been the ticket for catching the blackfins.

Some wahoo are still scattered around, and several boats are reporting hooking up with wahoo two or three times each day.

The billfish continue to play stingy. Anglers are struggling to catch them on most days, but a few have boated some blue marlin and sailfish. This time of year, they could turn on at any moment, so we are hoping that happens within the next week or two.

Anglers are catching lots of king mackerel off the ends of the piers.

If you’re swinging through the Nags Head area, stop by and see us for all your fishing needs. We are located at 7405 S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head, or give us a call at 252-441-7413.

Good fishing,

-Jimmy Hillsman, Oceans East Bait and Tackle

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