On Wed the 1st of July, the SW winds have kicked in again and the upwelling has dropped the surf water temps to 59-61 degrees. This condition is expected to stay with us for the next several days.
The piers are reporting decent sea mullet fishing ( a k a whiting ) today, expect the catching to be better with an incoming tide.
Warmer water can be found on Hatteras island south of the cape.
Good luck, take a kid fishing, Cool Breeze out ….
It’s a cool but sunny Thursday May 14th on our sandbar today, the wind is NNE 15-20. We’re expecting a high about 64 degrees, a 0% chance of rain with a choppy wind/swell sea state. Tide is low at 10:46 AM, high at 5:03 PM and low again at 11:37 PM tonight. Sunset is at 8:00 PM and sunrise tomorrow is at 5:58 AM.
Calling around this morning the piers were active. Outer Banks pier was beating up the sea mullet early on then turned into spots later in the morning at the end of the pier (very grassy inside).
Jennettes reported bluefish, sea mullet, spot, sea perch and puffers
Avalon also was decking blues, sea mullet, puffers and spot plus several keeper speckled trout and even a 36 in striper taken on a drum rig fished inside.
Jennettes pier said their water temp was 55 degrees and Duck pier reported theirs at 64 degrees which leads me to believe the water is probably cleaner as you go north. Infrared imagery shows surface water temps at Cape Hatteras and points south much warmer in the 70+ range.
If I were looking for a fish I would probably hike out to the point and see what would munch on my drum rig. If I wanted a bunch of fish, I’d target bluefish with my 1o ft light heaver somewhere around the Cape.
BE A HERO …… TAKE A KID FISHING !!!
It’s Thursday, partly sunny/cloudy, light/variable winds, 0 % chance of rain with an expected high about 42 degrees. Sunset will be at 5:25 PM and sunrise tomorrow will be at 7:06 AM. First tide is high at 2:55 AM and low at 9:35 AM. Second tide is high at 3:15 PM followed with the low at 9:26 PM. Water temperature at the Duck Research Pier this morning is posted at 41 chilly degrees.
Haven’t heard of any fish caught on the northern beaches the last couple days and if the actual water temps are hovering around the low 40s, I can’t really blame the fish for not wanting to feed. It would take a lot of energy for them to move around in water that cold. The tackle shops down south haven’t posted any reports lately so I assume there haven’t been many anglers trying, given the weather we’ve had of late. We are in the heart of the winter season but be optimistic, the days are rapidly getting longer. Comparing sunrise/sunset for today with Jan 1st, todays daylight is 33 minutes longer than it was for New Years Day. Doesn’t that almost make you feel warm and toasty. Summer is on the way!!!
Take a kid fishing, Coolbreeze out
Mostly cloudy this Friday, high about 47 with a significant chance of rain tonight and tomorrow. Winds NE 10-15 clocking E then S later and building causing a high surf advisory with seas 8-12 feet overnight. Sunset at 5:19 PM, sunrise tomorrow at 7:09 AM. First tide for Jennettes pier is a low at 3:06 AM with the high at 9:13 AM. Second tide is low at 3:40 PM followed with a high at 9:42 PM. Water temp at Duck pier mucho frio @ 43 degrees this morning.
If the surf temps are really in the low 40s, many fish won’t feed. It is unclear if it is too cold for digestion to occur or it just takes too much energy for a fish to actively hunt prey. Thoughts?? At any rate, there have been no recent reports on the northern beaches lately and with the weather forecast for the weekend I’m not hopeful. Good luck
Take a kid fishing, Coolbreeze out
It’s a foggy Thursday on the sandbar. Winds are mostly NW 10-15, expected high around 46 degrees with a waist to chest swell on the northern beaches. Sunset tonight is 5:15 PM and sunrise tomorrow will be at 7:10 AM. First tide is low at 2:13 AM with the high at 8:23 AM. Second tide is low at 2:51 PM and high at 8:49 PM.
First hand accounts, people I speak with directly about what they caught or saw, had nothing to give me this past week – either no fish were caught or they didn’t go. Digging deeper with second and third hand reports, a few (very few) puppy drum were landed on bait from the beaches and around Oregon Inlet. Down south from Buxton to Hatteras Inlet the water is much warmer and in addition to sharks skates, dogfish and drum, catches may occasionally include trout, sea mullet, croaker and bluefish. Jennettes is the only pier on the OBX open for business and when they actually have someone fishing, the report is usually skates and/or doggies.
Good luck, Coolbreeze out