128-pound wahoo tops Outer Banks fishing report

128-pound wahoo
This 128-pound wahoo was the highlight of fishing off the Outer Banks this week.

128-pound wahoo was 74.5 inches long

Nathan Van Nortwick of Belhaven, N.C. caught a huge 128-pound wahoo fishing out of Hatteras on April 7. Van Nortwick credits Trey Baynor, Kris Day, and Tim Day on what was a team effort to get the fish aboard. The fish was 74.5 inches long with a 34-inch girth. The base of the tail measured 16 inches.

And that’s not all that’s happening in the fishing world along the North Carolina coast. Oceans East Bait and Tackle – Nags Head reports a great trout bite at the Little Bridge. And some of these trout are gators. Anglers have also been catching sripers, including some in the 30-inch range. Sea mullet and blow toads are biting well along the beaches. In the freshwater along the Outer Banks, bass and crappie are both red hot.

Oceans East is still open for business and is located at 7405 S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head.

Bait is still available all across the Outer Banks

TW’s Bait and Tackle reminds anglers of three places they can fish right now. The Little Bridge, the Wildlife Pier, and the Nags Head gazebo are all open for angling. They’ve gotten good reports of blow toads, sea mullet and puppy drum on Hatteras Island, black drum in the Frisco area, and speckled trout in the sound.

TW’s is currently closed, however they do stock their coolers out front of both locations with free ice and bait periodically. They encourage everyone to keep fishing. Check out their Facebook page for updates on when they stock up the ice and bait, and to read their fishing reports.

Red Drum Tackle Shop in Buxton is open for business and is well-stocked with fresh bunker, mullet and bloodworms. They also have plenty of frozen bait. The shop is reporting good catches of puppy drum as well as some bigger redfish in the surf. Big sharks off the point have been keeping anglers busy as well. Some big black drum in the 20 – 25-inch range are also biting, as well as blow toads and sea mullet. Anglers are having the most luck between Ramp 48 and Ramp 55.

While Red Drum is currently open for business, they are requesting customers call ahead (252-995-5414) so they can meet you at the door with whatever you need.

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