Fish Post

Hatteras/Ocracoke – June 6, 2019

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Ryan, of Hatteras Jack, reports that citation-sized sea mullet (to 2.5 lbs.) are being caught with shrimp fished on bottom rigs.

Citation pompano have been mixed in with the sea mullet and have preferred sand fleas as bait.

A few cobia have been landed from the surf while using Carolina-rigged cut baits.

Sound-side anglers have been finding really good numbers of speckled trout on soft plastics, and red drum and bluefish are hitting fresh cut mullet.

Off the beach, anglers have been catching their limits of cobia while sight-casting bucktails, and spanish mackerel and bluefish are hitting Clarkspoons trolled behind a planer.

Paul Park, of Greenville, NC, with a yearling red drum caught on fresh mullet while fishing Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Jim, of Rodanthe Pier, reports that bluefish have been schooled up all around the pier, and anglers have had the best success casting Gotcha plugs.

Spanish mackerel have been mixed in with the blues, and they’re also hitting plugs and casting jigs.

A few false albacore are on the surface in the early mornings.

Cobia are being caught by anglers at the end of the pier soaking large cut baits.

Bottom rigs with shrimp and Fishbites bloodworm strips are landing croakers, spot, sea mullet, and spadefish.

A few nice-sized black drum (to 5 lbs.) are biting shrimp and cut bait.

Short flounder are being caught closer to the breakers with shrimp.


Heather, of Frank and Fran’s, reports that anglers bottom fishing around Rodanthe have been catching sea mullet and blowtoads.

A few flounder are hitting soft plastics worked along the bottom near the shoreline.

Some large sharks are being hooked on Carolina-rigged baits around Salvo.

Bluefish have been reported from all of the Hatteras Island beaches, with most fish being caught on glass minnow jigs and cut baits.

Large pompano (to 3 lbs.) are biting sand fleas fished tight to the beach.

Speckled trout are being caught in good numbers around oyster beds in the sound.

Red drum are feeding on cut mullet on flats inside the inlet, and anglers are catching flounder along ledges off the main channels.


Kristen, of Avon Pier, reports that legal-sized flounder are showing up in good numbers for anglers bottom fishing. Sea mullet and spot are also hitting the bottom-fished baits.

Pompano are being caught with Carolina-rigged sand fleas.

Spanish mackerel and bluefish are hitting Gotcha plugs casted towards feeding schools of fish.

Anglers fishing off the end have brought up a few cobia.


Cameron, of Frisco Tackle, reports that citation-sized pompano (to 3 lbs.) are being caught on sand fleas from the Frisco beaches.

Sea mullet are mixed in. They’re hitting baits in the deeper holes.

Bluefish are being caught with casting jigs thrown towards feeding schools.

Sound-side anglers are finding red drum in all sizes (puppy to citation) on Carolina-rigged cut baits.

Speckled trout are being hooked by using soft plastics under popping corks.


Lee, of Teach’s Lair, reports that mahi fishing has been on fire, with boats bringing back double-digit numbers of fish. Both skirted and naked ballyhoo have been producing strikes. A few bull dolphin (to 50 lbs.) are mixed in.

Some smaller blackfin tuna are hitting the same skirted baits.

Wahoo have been scattered with the water temperatures going up, but a few fish are still being reported.

Blue marlin have been released on larger baits, and white marlin and sailfish have been hitting the same trolled baits while targeting mahi.

Bottom-fishing has been great, with triggers, beeliners, and groupers being caught on cut baits around local wrecks and live bottom.

Nearshore anglers have been trolling spoons for kings and large spanish (to 4 lbs.).

Huge cobia (to 93 lbs.) are cruising off the beaches. Sight-casting bucktails and fishing cut baits on the bottom have both been successful.

A few schools of citation-sized red drum are feeding on baits around the inlet.

Bluefish are hitting Clarkspoons fished behind smaller, #1 planers.

Inshore anglers are catching speckled trout and puppy drum around oyster beds, and sheepshead are hanging around dock pilings and channel markers.


Joey, of Fingeance Sportfishing, reports that spanish mackerel and bluefish are being caught in great numbers while trolling spoons.

A few false albacore are mixed in, and they are also being caught by casting glass minnow jigs towards feeding fish.

Schools of citation-sized red drum are off the beaches for anglers sight-casting.

King mackerel are being caught in good numbers around live bottom and wrecks.

Inshore trips are producing speckled and gray trout from ledges off the channels, and slot and over-slot drum are hitting cut baits fished on the flats.


Aaron, of Tightline Charters, reports that sight fishing has been very successful for anglers targeting large cobia in the area.

Citation class red drum are being caught using the same large bucktails.

Bluefish and spanish mackerel are in huge schools just outside the breakers. Trolling spoons will catch the majority of fish.


Jay, of Bite Me Sportfishing, reports that gaffer-sized mahi are being caught on skirted baits around weed lines.

A few small blackfins are mixed in with the mahi, and they’re also hitting ballyhoo.

Blue marlin are in the area for anglers fishing larger baits around the temperature breaks.

Closer to the beach, king mackerel are schooled up in large numbers around wrecks.


Jeremy, of Calypso Sportfishing, reports that the dolphin bite has been great, with double-digit numbers of gaffer-sized fish being caught on most trips.

A few wahoo are in the area, though grass has kept fishing the planer rod difficult.

Blue and white marlin are being caught with larger baits and Fathom lures.


Jessie, of Carolina Girl Sportfishing, reports that mahi fishing has been really good, with both gaffers and citation-sized (to 40 lbs.) fish around.

Wahoo are being caught by anglers fishing the planer rod.

Sailfish and blue marlin are being raised by boats fishing skirted ballyhoo near the temperature breaks.

Bottom fishing has produced good numbers of triggerfish and vermilion snapper.


Alan, of Tradewinds Tackle, reports that slot-sized red drum are being caught on Carolina-rigged mullet in the surf.

A few citation red drum have been landed on large baits at night.

Citation-sized pompano (to 2.5 lbs.) are being caught on sand fleas in the deeper holes.

Cobia are feeding on cut baits fished in deeper channels around the inlet.