This week’s Outer Banks fishing report


Old drum have kicked things up a notch

Anglers along the Outer Banks are still getting into some hot action. And this week, the bull redfish really kicked things up a notch. Here’s the latest report from Sneaky Pete.

The big story this week was the showing of big red drum around Oregon Inlet. Multiple schools were showing early in the week north, south, and east of the inlet. Most of these fish are in the 45 – 50 inch range. We have been sight-casting bucktail jigs with fairly light tackle to these schools swimming on the surface.

Talk about exciting! There’s nothing like seeing a school of these fish surround your boat and fight over which one gets to eat your jig.

High winds later in the week put the big ones down but we have continued to catch reds in the 30 – 40 inch range in the inlet during the southwest blow. Trout fishing has continued to be excellent with lots of quality fish and some true gators in the mix. Early morning has been best but we have had some great afternoon trout fishing as well.

The big bull redfish showed up in full force this week.

Big False Albacore have also been on bait balls and ribbonfish have been thick. Pompano have made a showing lately in the sound and around the inlet as well. The first cobia on the late summer structure pattern have been seen the last couple of days. And that should improve as we get in to September.

Pompano and other species are biting just as hard as the big drum.

Overall, the fishing has been outstanding with lots of opportunities on multiple species of fish. With fall just around the corner things should just continue to get even better.

Tight lines! -Sneaky Pete

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