Outer Banks fishing report – what’s biting right now?

Outer Banks

Redfish and cobia are biting strong

While a harsh southwest wind slowed the trout bite around Oregon Inlet early in the week, the big red drum have been biting consistently. And a front pushed through mid-week, shifting winds to a more favorable one for anglers. And the fish have responded well

Capt. Pete Cruger with Sneaky Pete OBX Fishing Charters gives us the rundown on what’s currently biting in the area. Here is his report:

Big red drum have continued to show in the ocean near Oregon Inlet over the last week with more consistent sightings in the last few days. We’ve also had more cobia sightings. Some are swimming with the big drum, and some are free swimming north and south of the inlet.

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Cobia are willing participants in the fishing game around Oregon Inlet, and should continue into the fall.

Last Saturday, we hooked two cobia — one while fighting two big drum. We hooked the other one in the open by itself while we were looking for schools of drum.

Favorable wind has the trout heating back up

Trout fishing was slower over the last week due to hot water and persistent hard southwest winds. But the front that pushed through Tuesday has shifted the winds to the northeast and cooled air and water temperatures significantly. So the trout bite was much better on Wednesday. But ocean conditions were rough, and that kept us from continuing our chase for big reds and cobia.

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The trout bite heated back up with favorable winds after mid-week.

We are still seeing more and more small red drum mixing in with the trout from last year’s banner spawn. They are getting a little bigger, but still mostly 8 to 12 inches long right now.

Spanish mackerel and bluefish are still plentiful in the ocean. And we’ve had good king mackerel fishing further from shore. We should start seeing more of the big drum in the sound. They normally come in the inlet on these northeast winds. Anglers further south in the sound should also start seeing more as the reds come into the inlets and head to their spawning ground in the Pamlico.

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