Fish News: Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, and Billfish

Fish News
Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, and Billfish
by Dr. Ken Neill, III

There is a lot going on when the weather lets us get out. Tuna fishing has been very good out of the Outer Banks when the wind has allowed. Some dolphin, wahoo, and the occasional billfish are also being caught. Inshore, big red drum are being caught around Hatteras. Look for these big bulls to arrive in our waters soon. Big black drum are already here. We should hear about some recreational catches over the next week or so. Speckled and gray trout are being caught, along with some puppy drum, inside Rudee Inlet. Big croaker are being caught in the rivers especially up the York near West Point. Flounder fishing has been pretty good especially around 36A. The Hampton Bar area has been good also. Tautog are biting at all of the inshore structures. The CBBT islands have been the most consistent areas.
April 24, I ignored the 25 kt winds and small advisories and went fishing. The only crewmember that I could find that was brave (stupid) enough to go with me was Dr. Julie Ball. We tried to find a wreck a bit out of the wind. We caught 4 tautog all 16-17 inches. The rain came, the wind shifted and we were blown off of the wreck. I had enough so we headed back in.
April 20, Steve Martin and his wife, Cindy fished over at 36A. They caught flounder up to 22 inches.
April 20, Don Forman fished on the Empty Pockets with Danny Taylor, Lee Martin, and Skip Head. They fished for tautog around the 3rd and 4th islands of the CBBT. Using fiddlers, they caught fish up to 5 pounds.
April 19, John Hunt, Jr. Fished out of Hatteras. They had a good day with the tuna. They boated 11 yellowfin and a dolphin.

Dr. Neill writes a weekly column for The Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman's Association (