Outer Banks weekly fishing report

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The big drum bite is heating up along the beaches of the Outer Banks. Travis Kemp has been catching them at all hours of the day and night.

It’s springtime and the fishing is good along the OBX

As spring weather ramps up on the Outer Banks, the fishing action is doing the same. The folks at Oceans East Bait and Tackle – Nags Head report a good mix of species by anglers in the past week.


While some windy weather has hampered offshore fishing efforts on some days, anglers are catching plenty of yellowfin and bluefin tuna on the fair-weather days. The Doghouse and Smoker charter boats have limited out on yellowfin during multiple trips lately. Lots of keepers are coming over the rails, and anglers are catching some blackfin tuna on jigs at the rock pile on some days.

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The Doghouse has been catching limits of tuna off the Outer Banks.


In the sound, anglers are catching lots of speckled trout on most days. A variety of flies are enticing them to bite, and a mixture of topwater lures in the morning and swimbaits late in the day are working. The puppy drum bite has been inconsistent, with great catches on some days and few on others. Anglers are also catching some stripers in the sound.

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Anglers are catching plenty of speckled trout and stripers in the sound.

On the beach

The beach fishing along the Outer Banks is heating up. Sea mullet and blow toads are biting from Hatteras Inlet to the north side of the point. Anglers are catching plenty of dogfish. Travis Kemp of Moyock, N.C. has been catching some nice redfish in the surf. It’s a little chilly for wet-wading, so he’s been wearing waders to cast his cut bait out. Some of his recent catches include both daytime and nighttime bull drum.

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Night or day, Travis Kemp has been catching his share of old drum along OBX beaches.


A lot of people overlook the freshwater fishing opportunities along the Outer Banks. They are missing out! Anglers are catching good numbers of bass and crappie. Yellow perch, which are probably one of the most overlooked species among anglers visiting the area, are biting like hotcakes.

Yellow perch have been on fire in the North River and other freshwater holes along the Outer Banks.

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