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Outer Banks North Carolina Fishing Reports
Inshore Boats/nearshore Report:
Nearshore had good catches of nice size Spanish. There were a few Cobia sightings. We need a water temp warmup. Inshore caught Flounder, Specks and Gray Trout.
The offshore Boats limited out on Yellowfin, and had good catches of Dolphin with many Gaffers. There were Mako and Wahoo as well.
Fishing on the Outer Banks was very slow in December except for the King Mackerel bite off of Cape Hatteras, so we headed to the Florida Keys for Christmas. The ocean and gulf fishing is always good that time of year with great catches of King Mackerel, Snapper, Yellowtails, Grouper, Spanish and Cero Mackerel. Several days we had all the fish we needed just after several hours. We only fished in the ocean a few days because of the wind but the gulf, or bay side as the locals call it was always fishable. Very short runs, 5 to 10 miles to fish the bay. If you down it that area, stop in at the Sunset Grille at the foot of the 7 mile bridge in Marathon for some of the best food in the Keys. I'm starting to book trip now for the 2017 season.
Fin-Nagle Fishing Team is on a roll this season holding steady in second place in the small boat class,division one of the SKA. We have also qualified for the National Championship in Ft. Pierce, FL in November. We would also like to thank our new sponsor, Yamaha Outboards. I've had them on the last three boats if that tells you how good they are.
The Bluefish & Spanish Mackerel are good some days and just poor others. The offshore bite is holding up well with tuna, dolphin, and a few wahoo. The billfish bite is also doing good. I had the chance to take Todd Kelly, his dad, and two brother in laws out on a half day right after our blow. Beautiful day but the fishing was a pick at best. You just going to have days like that.
The fishing inside and outside of the inlet is always changing. When we have had an on-shore wind, we've been catching Dolphin 2-4 miles off the beach. There are still Cobia around, also a few schools of big Red Drum outside the inlet. Offshore, the Tuna and Dolphin are still biting. Some days the bite is better than others. In the sound, the usual bottom fish. Give me a call & lets go fishing.