It is Spanish Mackerel season. The action is good from the piers and also trolling boats. The IGFA world record is a 13-pounder caught off Ocracoke in 1987.
The water is clear and 76 degrees. That is the reason Spanish are biting. Spanish are warm water fish and they are found in clear water.
Boats trolling near the shore can catch the strong top water swimmers. Surf fishermen can catch them on small lures and bucktails. The fishermen on the end of the piers are using gotcha plugs. They are early morning and late afternoon fish. The minimum length is 12 in FL. Fork length is measured from tip of snout to middle of fork in tail. Bag limits 15/day
Surf Fishing Report:
There were scattered Bluefish and Sea Mullet on the south beaches. I have only heard of a few pompano and Bluefish from the north beaches.
Sound Fishing Report:
The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported a few Trout. Water really grassy.
Pier Fishing Report:
Avalon: Blues, Spot and Spanish.
Nags Head: Jack Caravele, Blues and Spanish.
Jennette’s: Bluefish and Spanish.
Outer Banks: Good run of Blues, Pinfish and Croaker. Water temp is 76 degrees and pretty.
Inshore Boats/Nearshore Report:
A few boats fished inshore and brought in limits of Puppy Drum.
Offshore Boats Report:
The offshore fleet could not make it off shore on Saturday. All boats are sailing today.