May 16, 2017 Fishing Report

After a torrid April start to the surf season, May has quieted down a bit. In North Carolina, there are still some big blues around, but much fewer than there had been. Delaware and Jersey have them thick now. Drum are also still being caught but not in the same numbers as they had. There is a distinct transition to early summer happening; a bit early, not not abnormally so.

Sea mullet have picked up some of the slack, no doubt feeding easier now that most of the choppers are gone. Spanish mackerel have been caught up the coast to Cape Hatteras, with the southeastern piers seeing good runs of Spanish and small blues on gotcha plugs consistently.

The speckled trout bite has slowed north of Oregon Inlet, but there are still some being caught, though mostly shorts. The sound has lots of small stripers and good trout fishing. Pups and yearlings are scattered along most beaches.

In Jersey, some nice weakfish are starting to be caught, but the trick is to avoid the blues. In addition to chopper blues, some nice stripers are staring to show up, but the best is probably yet to come.

I’m at Ocracoke for the week, and the fishing is only fair. The weather and conditions, however, are great. I caught a nice 47″ drum Sunday night and have had a good number of sea mullet and small biter sharks on small bottom rigs. No bluefish yet, of any size! More later.

Water temps from low-mid 60s north to mid 70s south, but a picture is worth a thousand words:

May 16, 2017 temps

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~ by surffisher on May 16, 2017.

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