30 September 2012

I went out by myself this morning and fished by the Oregon Inlet bridge. The weather was great and the water was clear. I caught a dozen flounders on grubs. They were all between 14 and 14.5 inches.

Next I got into a nice weakfish bite. I caught several, kept my limit of one and moved to the pilings. The Sheepshead were there—small but plentiful. I caught a dozen for the cooler and then caught another dozen that I released. I went back to throwing grubs and picked up a nice puppy drum. It was big enough to keep but it was loaded with external parasites so I released it and wished it well.

The fishing was very good and I got some great wildlife sightings. A Leatherback sea turtle surfaced 20 feet from my boat. It was at least six feet long and I got an awesome look at its head and back as it came by. I saw it two more times after that. I also had a Peregrine falcon fly not more than 15 feet over my boat. It was beautiful. October is a great time to see falcons and lots of other raptors on the Outer Banks.

October 1 is the start of the Striped bass (rockfish) season.

Three fish per angler, 18 inches or longer. Another October fishery is Spotted seatrout in the surf. This can be some outstanding trout fishing! The weather is beautiful and the fish are biting. Visit us on the Outer Banks!

Catch

  • Flounder
  • Red drum
  • Weakfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Pinfish
  • Black sea bass
Sheepshead and Weakfish
Outer Banks Sheepshead and Weakfish
Leatherback sea turtle
Leatherback sea turtle