And the report

Gosh…where to start? I’ve got about 7 months to catch up with!

Winter fishing was slow from the surf, although there was a good long run of sea mullet along the SENC beaches into the new year. Spring fishing for drum was excellent on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands mainly through April into early May with closing of the Point and warmer weather finally slowing it down. Bottom fishing was also excellent with lots of blowtoads and some big sea mullet.

As good as the spring fishing was, summer has maybe been even better. The big news has been a prolonged run of nice pompano and exceptional Spanish mackerel fishing from the suds. I’ve heard of Spanish being caught in the surf in New Jersey! Both runs continue here in July. I’d be remiss not to mention the great show of speckled trout — some still continue to be caught in the surf. These surf stragglers are small but a lot of very nice trout are being caught in the sound, including by wade fishermen behind Hatteras Island.

With the good news comes the bad and that includes an underwhelming showing of big blues and stripers in the northeast. Concern about stripers and to a lesser extent big blues continues to rise. That said, the Cape Cod Canal had a super run of big bass on topwater for a couple weeks now.

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~ by surffisher on July 21, 2019.

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