Thanksgiving, revisited

The rest of our Thanksgiving week at the Outer Banks was very good fishing-wise, weather-wise, and family-wise. Not as grand stomach bug-wise. But alas that is ancient history at this point and the good news is that despite my painful night off, I didn’t let the bug slow me down too much Thursday through Saturday.

Thanksgiving was a memorable day with a solid bite of smallish (but some keeper) speckled trout, bluefish, and small stripers from various holes north of Oregon Inlet in the morning. In the afternoon, I discovered bluefish (and one puppy drum) on every cast on the north side of Cape Point. I left after over a dozen fish in less than an hour and with a much larger crowd of metal slingers than when I first started casting! Went far north Friday night to fish the falling tide along a nice tight slough in Kitty Hawk and got a limit of better trout to about 4 pounds.  The wind machine turned on Saturday morning, but I was still able to pull a couple keeper specks from the tip of a bar along the old Lighthouse beach in Buxton.

Since Thanksgiving, the surf fishing reports, particularly from the Outer Banks, have remained very good. However, most of the activity has shifted to Hatteras Island as the persistent northwest blows have dropped the water temps a bit too much (low 50s) along the Bodie Island beach. In my experience, specks bite well in the surf down to around 56-57. Stripers and pups are fine in the low 50s (and lower, in fact), but there are really no stripers to speak of.  Pups are about, however.

On Hatteras, north beach water temperatures are in the mid-upper 50s, with the surf south of Cape Point in the low 60s – perfect, really.  The best trout and pup reports have come from Hatteras to Avon recently, and the Point continues to produce big drum regularly. In fact, Avon Pier had about 20 big drum on closing day last weekend. Fishing should remain good provided the water temps hold.

Further south along the North Carolina coast, surf temperatures vary from the upper 50s to the lower 60s. Reports are more scarce from these beaches, but in general fishing has been good, with big sea mullet, mixed size black drum, lots of (nice) speckled trout, pups and even plenty of blues still in the mix. Recent weather and the short-medium term forecast has more of the same – hard NW winds on cold fronts followed by brief periods of modest warming as high pressure builds.  The pattern thus far in December is certainly more winter-like than last year, and actually pretty seasonable.

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~ by surffisher on December 8, 2016.

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