200-pound bigeye tuna caught out of Atlantic Beach

200-pound bigeye tuna
Jacky Dufour put these four anglers on this 200-pound bigeye tuna out of Atlantic Beach, N.C. this past weekend. (photo courtesy of Chasin' Tails)

Variety of species are biting all along N.C.’s coast

Anglers are reporting catching lots of bigeye tuna around the Nags Head area. And a big one was weighed in farther south out of Atlantic Beach.

Jacky Dufour of Merry Marlin Fishing took a charter into what is normally good swordfishing grounds for him. But yesterday (June 23), they hooked into a prized bigeye and brought it back to Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle to weigh it on their certified scales.

The big fish tipped the scales at 200 pounds.

The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center out of Nags Head has been catching plenty of these bigeye tuna. Their anglers caught 29 worth citations this past Saturday. And they added eight citation yellowfins to that.

Lots of citation bigeye tuna and yellowfin tuna were caught out of Oregon Inlet over the weekend. (photo courtesy of TW Bait & Tackle)

Their average bigeye weighed 125 pounds, and their average yellowfin weighed 95 pounds. They are also catching plenty of wahoo, tilefish, speckled trout, bluefish, dolphinfish, and amberjack. Anglers are catching a big variety of quality fish.

50-pound king mackerel weighed in at E-Z Bait and Tackle

On Johnnie Mercers Pier, angler Bill Davis caught a 24-pound king mackerel. Other anglers like Marc Morrison have been catching pompano. Sheepshead and Spanish mackerel are also biting. David Brown reeled in a 5.4-pound Spanish off the pier a few days ago. 

Anglers on the pier are also catching plenty of redfish, black drum, black sea bass, mullet, croaker, and sharks.

The guys at E-Z Bait and Tackle out of Goldsboro said the flounder bite is hot, with numerous anglers limiting out over the weekend. They suggest Berkley Gulp! grubs fished on Spro Bucks fished slowly along the bottom. Surf anglers caught plenty of pompano and redfish over the weekend.

Anglers are limiting out on flounder with rigs from E-Z Bait & Tackle.

Anglers Ashley Forrest, Bryce Jones, and Chase Matthews caught a 46-pound citation king mackerel. They brought it into Chasin’ Tails for an official weight.

Ashley Forrest, Bryce Jones, and Chase Matthews caught this 46-pound king mackerel over the weekend. (photo courtesy of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle)

E-Z also weighed in a 30-inch speckled trout, and many other anglers are catching quality trout throughout North Carolina’s coast.

The folks at E-Z Bait & Tackle weighed in this 30-inch speckled trout. (photo courtesy of E-Z Bait & Tackle)

Capt. Dave Stewart with KneEDeeP Custom Charters in Minnesott Beach said the D.O.A 4-inch Jerk Shad and 3-inch Shad Tail are tricking some nice specks. And he’s also catching redfish on those same lures.

Capt. Dave Stewart said the big trout can’t pass up a variety of D.O.A. lures out of Minnesott Beach. (photo courtesy of KneEDeeP Custom Charters)

Click here to check out the hot king mackerel bite at Myrtle Beach’s Apache Pier.

Brian Cope
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Brian Cope of Edisto Island, S.C., is a retired Air Force combat communications technician. He has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina and has been writing about the outdoors since 2006. He’s spent half his life hunting and fishing. The rest, he said, has been wasted.