Weekly Report – November 7, 2010

Water temperatures have dropped significantly since the last report to a seasonable low-60s north (Duck) to the upper 60s south of Cape Hatteras to the South Carolina border.  After a pretty nice last weekend, the winds blew often and hard last week and have continued to blow through this weekend – mostly N, NE, NW.  It was looking like this coming week would provide excellent opportunities to take advantage of these recent cold fronts, but Mother Nature is fickle.  Its looking now like the wind machine will be on “high” for most of the upcoming week, particularly at the Outer Banks.  When the waters finally settle out, fishing should be outstanding.  This could be a very good week to focus on the southeastern coast, where the forecast northerly winds flatten out the surf – conditions look to be excellent there and the dropping water temperatures should have the fish in a feeding mood.

Indeed, when the conditions have permitted, there have been some excellent reports over the past week.  The Outer Banks have been a tough go because of the wind and high surf.  There was a brief lull in the hard north winds, during which gobs of small specks were caught from the sloughs north of Oregon Inlet.  Over the past week, there have been reports of good action on pups in north Rodanthe, good catches of blues on bait (its generally been too rough for lures), and pretty good action for big red drum from Cape Point and Ocracoke’s South Point.  However, its from Carteret County south that the big buzz has been about speckled trout – they seem to have exploded on the surf scene.  Some big trout – including a 9.3 lb. monster – have been beached in the Topsail Island surf.  The Cape Lookout rock jetty had some great action with nice fish in last week’s snotty NE, and I heard of limits of 2-3 pounders in Emerald Isle in the brief lull between strong cold fronts.  Most of the reports are still featuring small trout, but many more keepers are showing up in the mix, especially south of the Outer Banks.  In addition to the specks, there have been some semi-confirmed reports of a few more stripers showing, particularly in Oregon Inlet, along with a better bite in the sound.  Flounder fishing continues to be good; and although I haven’t be able to take advantage of it, this seems to be the best year for flounder in the surf and inlets in quite a while.  Big sea mullet continue to be abundant, but the bite of big pompano is slacking off and these fish will soon be gone for the winter.

Along the Northeast coast, stripers and blues are biting in full force between Long Island and South Jersey.  I’ve only peripherally been following reports from Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia; however reports of larger specks starting to show in the lower Chesapeake bode well for the Outer Banks.   It sounds like striper action in the Chesapeake has been relatively slow to start-up this fall, which could portend for another slow season at the Outer Banks.

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~ by surffisher on November 8, 2010.

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