North Carolina OBX fishing report for mid June

Outer Banks fishing report
This lady angler toughed out the wind, rain, and chilly weather with Sneaky Pete and caught her share of redfish and speckled trout.

Tough weather has meant fewer anglers

Unseasonably cool weather was welcomed by Outer Banks anglers this past week, and it didn’t slow the fishing at all. Rough seas did make things sporty for the offshore fleet. Fewer anglers have fished due to the weather. But all in all, the Outer Banks fishing report for mid June keeps the trend of good fishing going. Especially for those anglers who’ve stuck it out in some trying weather conditions.

Outer Banks Marina reports big catches of tuna continue to come in from their charter boats. These fish, mostly yellowfin with some bigeye mixed in, are biting every day. The dolphin bite has been excellent on some days and spotty on others. Anglers trolling along grass lines are catching some peanuts with the occasional gaffer.

OBX anglers are also catching plenty of black sea bass and tilefish. Spanish mackerel are also biting, and anglers fishing for them should keep a lookout for other fish. Many anglers are bringing in quality cobia spotted while fishing for Spanish.

Outer Banks fishing report
Tuna have been the main bite for anglers fishing offshore of the OBX.

At Hatteras Island, Frank and Fran’s Fisherman’s Friend said the wet weather has put a bit of a damper on the fishing. But, for the folks braving the rain, pompano and sea mullet are biting as strong as ever. Speckled trout are also keeping anglers busy.

Anglers are also catching black drum, sea mullet, bluefish, and plenty of Spanish mackerel in Frisco and at the jetties. Bluefish and croaker are biting hot at Rodanthe Pier.

Outer Banks fishing report
Frank Anzolut caught this 25-inch speck out of Avon during a break in the recent weather.

Lots of fish are still biting for anglers braving the weather

In Nags Head, Sneaky Pete OBX Fishing Charters said the weather has been challenging. However, anglers willing to put on the rain gear and stick it out have found good fish. His anglers have caught plenty of redfish. The speckled trout bite has been less consistent, but great on some days, especially in the afternoons.

One of Sneaky Pete’s clients recently caught a 6-pound, 8-ounce speckled trout.

Capt. Pete said Spanish mackerel are still around and willing to bite, and cobia are also still in the area. He said a clear sky helps find the cobia, which are biting when conditions allow him to put a bait in front of them.

This 6-pound, 8-ounce speck bit for one of Sneaky Pete’s clients recently.

TW’s Bait and Tackle in Nags Head said the surf fishing has been tough the past few days. Some bull red drum have bit in Rodanthe. Sea mullet and pompano slowed down considerably with the cooler temperatures and rough surf. This could be due to fewer anglers on the beaches.

The piers have been pretty quiet, with some bluefish, trout, puppy drum, and flounder biting at Avalon. Nags Head Pier has had bluefish, trout, black drum, and mullet keeping its few anglers busy. The bluefish bite has been the only show at Jeanette’s, and the Outer Banks Pier anglers report some catches of spots, puppy drum, and sea mullet.

Rick Hall (left) and Rowen Hall show off the 35-inch catch-and-release redfish they caught in some rough surf at Rodanthe this week.

Better weather starts later tomorrow, which should spur more anglers to get on the water, piers, and beaches. Expect the Outer Banks fishing report to pick up this weekend and into next week.

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