Outer Banks surf fishing report – trout, drum, mullet

Outer Banks
The surf fishing has been good at the Outer Banks, especially on a SW wind.

Outer Banks surf fishing good when SW wind blows

The weather forecast suggests warmer days and southerly winds for the weekend. So fishing on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may be headed in a positive direction.

Jimmy Hillsman at Oceans East Bait & Tackle in Nags Head said that speckled trout bit pretty good in the surf on a southwest wind last weekend before colder weather and a northerly wind arrived.

“It’s the first real sign we’ve had of them this spring,” said Hillsman (252-441-7413). “They were hitting Z-man (soft plastics).

“The sounds (Albemarle and Roanoke) are loaded with trout. We’ve got good trout all the way up to Kitty Hawk Bay on the inside. And we’ve had good specks on the little bridge between Nags Head and Manteo.”

Hillsman said striper fishing was good around the old and new US 64 bridges across the Croatan Sound between the mainland and Roanoke Island.

Surf fishermen from Nags Head to Hatteras caught scattered puppy drum and big drum last week. Ramp 48, just south of Cape Point in Buxton, was a hot spot for sea mullet in the surf, according to reports from local tackle shops.

Outer Banks
The Outer Banks is closed to outside traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so anglers on site have it all to themselves.

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