Inside Lynnhaven Inlet has been good for keeper Flounder and Puppy Drum. Outside the inlet, there has been Spanish Mackerel catches reported. Many are reporting that the Macs are harder to locate right now. So, covering lots of water may be the answer.
The best Flounder fishing has been taking place out in the ocean on many of the wrecks. However, the wrecks can become quite crowded this time of year, as it is known that September may perhaps be the best month for the big Flounder. The good news is that the wrecks are also giving up Seabass, Tilefish, and Triggerfish.
The Flounder catches along the CBBT are picking up also. Some folks are finding plenty of Spadefish along the pilings of the CBBT, but the better Spade reports are coming from the area of the Ches. Light Tower.
Good Sheeepshead catches are still occurring inside the bay, especially around the bridge tunnel. Crab is usually best, but clam works well also.
There's an increase in big Red Drum catches inside the bay. Folks are finding them along the surface, and along the bottom, on hard cover. The late afternoon/evening bite has been better for those bottom fishing.
Notable catches of Cobia are still being made. So, take advantage of this now, as the season closes Sept.15th.
Offshore boats out of Hatteras and Nags Head, are finding good catches of Yellowfin Tuna still. The Mahi bite is on, and they’re also seeing a swing in the Wahoo and Billfish bites. Offshore bottom charters are returning with Tilefish, and Grouper.
The inshore boats have been finding King Mackerel, Bluefish, Trout, and Drum.
The surf is clear, but the weather has been hot. So, participation has been down. There have still been good catches of Blues, Spanish Mackerel, and Sea Mullet. The Hatteras piers are reporting more Spanish Mackerel than the Nags Head piers. They are also reporting False Albacore from some of the Hatteras piers. Most all the piers are reporting Spot and Sea Mullet.