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Fishing on the Outer Banks Damon Tatem

October 3, 2008

By DAMON TATEM

PIER FISHING was good Thursday along the northern beaches but slower on Hatteras Island.

Some bluefish, small speckled trout and a few scattered spot were landed throughout the day on Avalon pier.

Nags Head pier anglers decked bluefish, several puppy drum, spot, some nice croaker and speckled trout during the morning. Nice-size tailor blues and 1-to- 1 1/2-pound croaker were taken in the afternoon.

Plenty of keeper puppy drum, tailor bluefish, a few speckled trout, quite a few spot, sea mullet, a few pompano and spadefish were caught during a busy morning on Outer Banks pier.

A few puppy drum were reeled in during the afternoon.

South of Oregon Inlet, Rodanthe pier reported pompano landed during the morning and fair numbers of bluefish decked in the afternoon.

Spot, bluefish, croaker, toadfish and pompano were taken off and on throughout the morning on Avon pier. Afternoon fishing was slow.

Frisco pier reported slow fishing overall Thursday.

If winds today are 5 to 10 mph from the west-southwest as forecast, pier anglers along the northern beaches should catch bluefish, speckled trout and a mixture of nice-size bottom fish.

Scattered small bottom fish, flounder, bluefish and pompano should be decked on Hatteras piers.

Good numbers of speckled trout and quite a few 2-to- 3-pound sheepshead were landed from the Melvin R. Daniels Bridge between Nags Head and Roanoke Island on Thursday morning.

Surf-casters in the Corolla area beached some mixed-size drum early Thursday . Fishing was slow throughout the rest of the day.

Scattered speckled trout and small puppy drum were reeled in along the beaches from Duck to Oregon Inlet on Thursday. Several nice-size sea mullet weighing more than 2 pounds, a couple of puppy drum and some bluefish were taken along the Rodanthe and Salvo beaches.

Fishing was slow in the Avon surf.

Some big drum were hooked and released at Cape Point early Thursday . Spot, sea mullet and a few bluefish were caught in the Cape Point area during the day, and some puppy drum were landed in the late afternoon.

A few toadfish, bluefish and sea mullet were taken by surf- casters along the Frisco beach.

Bluefish and some flounder were caught in the Hatteras Inlet surf.

If winds are as predicted today, surf-casters along the Outer Banks should land mixed-size drum, scattered bluefish, some bottom fish and some keeper speckled trout.

Inshore boaters in the Oregon Inlet area decked bluefish, speckled trout, gray trout and flounder Thursday.

Sea bass, bluefish and triggerfish were taken by boaters fishing in deeper water outside Oregon Inlet.

Blue-water anglers off Oregon Inlet caught scattered yellowfin tuna and an occasional wahoo.

Hatteras Inlet inshore boaters landed puppy drum and bluefish.

Fair numbers of dolphin and a few wahoo were decked in the Gulf Stream off Hatteras.

If winds are as forecast today, inshore boaters along the Outer Banks should catch bluefish, speckled trout, puppy drum and flounder . Offshore anglers should haul in some dolphin, yellowfin tuna and a few wahoo.

The water temperature Thursday was 71 degrees at Avalon pier, 68 at Nags Head pier, 71 at Outer Banks pier, 70 at Rodanthe pier, 73 at Avon pier and 75 at Frisco pier.

Originally published by BY DAMON TATEM.

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