Weekly fishing report from Nags Head

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The Qualifier caught two daytime swordfish in the same trip a few days ago, including this one that weighed almost 300 pounds.

Anglers catching lots of different species around Nags Head

North Carolina anglers continue to have good luck fishing for numerous species, with numerous techniques, and from numerous locations. This report comes to us from Oceans East Bait and Tackle in Nags Head.

Pier and beach fishing has improved greatly in the last few days with the warmer water temperatures. The piers are having great catches of Spanish mackerel with a few being weighed in over 4 pounds. The anglers are throwing gotcha plugs. Our top two colors this week for Spanish were  gold with an orange head and the all pink.

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Beau Holt caught this citation Spanish mackerel from Avalon Pier a few days ago.

Also the piers have been catching scattered blues, sea mullet, and trout. Beach fishing has also improved with the warmer water. Beach fishermen have had good catches of blues, Spanish, sea mullet, pompano, and trout.

Offshore fishing is heating up

Offshore fishing has been really good the last few days. The bailer dolphin have finally showed up in good numbers with lots of limits. Also the sharks have not been as bad the last few day and the Ocean Isle fleet has had some great tuna catches. Most of the tuna fishing has been from the 650 to the point. Mostly yellowfin tuna with scattered blackfin and bigeyes. Yesterday several boats were able to catch yellowfins on top water plugs. They said tunas were jumping everywhere in the afternoon.

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This was the second of two daytime swordfish caught aboard the Qualifier one day last week.

A couple boats have started fishing up to the north for marlin. Anglers are catching a few whites, sails, and blues, but it should be getting better and better in the next few weeks. The qualifier out of Oregon inlet fishing center decided to go daytime Sword fishing and ended up catching two. One weighed almost 300 pounds.