Highlight Reels: Fish on! Anglers treated to wide variety of species

Published 8:14 am Thursday, July 4, 2019

Things are shaping up great for another week of summertime fishing along the Outer Banks from Carova to Ocracoke. A wide variety of species are biting, so get out and wet a line today!

In Corolla, Cyndy Kinney reports they’ve had super fishing recently.

“It’s been pretty good up here lately; I’m kinda surprised,” she said Tuesday morning.

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“The water temperature dropped, then went back up and the fish came right back!”

She gets plenty of fishing news while working with her husband Derek at OBX Bait and Tackle in Corolla near Food Lion.

They’ve had a few first timers lately and one of them, Brandon Farley from Maryland, did great fishing for spot in Pine Island.


Courtesy OBX Bait and Tackle

“It was his first or second time ever!” Cyndy said. “Another first timer caught a 33-inch red drum!

“He had a sand flea on a hook, caught sea mullet and then the 33-inch drum bite that – you could see the mullet in its mouth!” she said. “He was a very, very happy man with that!”

Anglers have also had luck hurling metals way out in surf to catch bluefish and Spanish mackerel, Cyndy noted.

“We’re going through the casting lures and Stingsilvers like crazy!” she reported. “Blues and Spanish – it’s on!”

At the ocean piers from Kitty Hawk to south Nags Head, action has been good, with plenty of blues and Spanish mackerel along with small flounder and spot.


Paul Lesiewicz, 13, holds up a 17 pound, 27-inch long blueline tilefish he caught June 30 on STOLAT Charters out of OBX Marina in Wanchese. Courtesy photo

Larry Haley at Jennette’s Pier said fishing Tuesday morning was fair.

“It’s kinda medium, not real slow, not real fast either,” he said. “A few people are catching, but not everybody.”

Haley listed what fish were biting; sheepshead, small flounder, spot, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, blues, sea mullet, croaker and pigfish.

Jennette’s Pier anglers have also been targeting Atlantic spadefish and triggerfish.

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