The day's catch at Jennette's Pier when the wind shifted and ocean temperatures climbed into the 70s.
Sure is hot on the Outer Banks right now. For fishermen—and women—that’s a mixed blessing.
Offshore charters are coming back in with happy crews and grinning customers. Lots of reports of wahoo, dolphin, yellow fin tuna and some sail fish thrown in.
Inshore fishing on the sounds, the reports have been good as well with bluefish, spot, croaker and some speckled trout.
Nearshore and on the piers—that’s a different story. We wrote about upwelling a few weeks ago—a phenomenon that happens when the wind blows day after day from the west of southwest. Those constant winds blow the warm sea surface waters away from the shore and the colder ocean temperatures at the bottom come to the surface and dominate the near shore sea temperatures.
That’s the scientific way of saying the fish that swim in the Outer Banks surf in the summer don’t seem to like the 63-65 degree ocean temperatures we’ve had for almost the entire summer. The surf and pier fishing has been slow.
Not a complete disaster, but slow.
If the ocean temperatures do warm up, interesting things happen. About a week ago, the winds shifted to the east for a few hours, the sea temperatures warmed up and anglers at Jennette’s Pier landed some sailfish.
Admittedly at 6”-8’ they weren’t citation size, but it was different experience.