Computer models showing projected path of TS Bertha. Source, Weather Underground

Tropical Storm Bertha out in the Atlantic just to the east of Puerto Rico is about to turn north. If there is such a thing as a well-behaved tropical system, Bertha would seem to qualify. All forecasts call for her to remain below hurricane strength and the trough of low pressure that is bringing rain to the Outer Banks this weekend is the same system that is steering her out to sea between the U.S. coast and Bermuda.

One of the benefits to this type of system is the surf conditions it will generate. Look for some very good swells on all Outer Banks beaches Tuesday and Wednesday—which coincides very nicely with when the system that is bringing all this rain is due to exit.

Since we’re talking about forecasts and reports for Outer Banks activities, we’ll mention the surf fishing has been a little bit slow, although there have been some good sized puppy drum landed as well as an occasional cobia.

Fishing from the piers has been a little better. Cobia and king mackerel seem to be showing up regularly in the reports we’re seeing.

Probably won’t be much fishing for the next few days as this front passes over, but hopefully the fish will be back and hungry on Tuesday.