Highlight Reels: Around town, drum, cobia, Spanish mackerel biting

Published 9:43 pm Thursday, July 18, 2019

Monday fishing was slow on the ocean piers from Kitty Hawk to Nags Head. At Jennette’s Pier, Larry Haley reported that just a few fish had been caught.

“Very slow, catching a few Spanish mackerel right now,” he said in the early afternoon, “the twins [Jonathan and Nathan Martin of South Mills] caught some Spanish mackerel.

Haley also worked Sunday and he reported Jennette’s staffer Sammy Thornton landed a huge 9.95-pound black drum.

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“Sunday, fishing was off and on all day,” Haley said. “They caught a rudderfish and a pompano that weighed two pounds.”

By the end of the day, they had nice variety of species; blues, Spanish, black drum, spadefish, triggerfish, rudderfish, sheepshead, mullet and flounder.

A few miles north at Nags Head Pier, Jerry Sary said air temperatures were high Monday afternoon.

“It’s hot but we’re catching a few small fish,” he said, “we got two cobias yesterday and blues and Spanish. They come in early morning and late evening.”

Sary explained that one day not too long ago they had a run of nice flounder.

“Dog gone, one day everyone was catching keeper flounder but that ended too,” he said. “We’re getting a few spot too.”

Jerry said his name caused him some aggravation back in his youth.

“Jerry Sary, I had a tough time through high school,” he said. “I had three boys and I made sure their names didn’t rhyme.”

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Ron Erb, left, and Tony Chirico hold cobias they caught at Nags Head Pier over the weekend. They were pitching bucktails made by Lead Bottom Bait Co. Courtesy photo

Up north even further, Christian Robiero at Avalon Pier said they’ve been doing good on fishing although he said anglers lost a couple of cobia recently. Otherwise, they’re getting blues, Spanish, triggerfish and pompano.

Later in the day, however, there was an online post of a triple hook up of cobia.

Patty Allen at Kitty Hawk Pier also reported slow fishing to start the week.

“One blowtoad and two flounder, that’s it!” she said. “The largest was twelve inches.”

She said the awesome, clear and warm ocean water just isn’t conducive for catching.

“You know, it’s funny, the water is so clear up can see them down there,” Allen said. “they just won’t bite anything.”

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What a beautiful summer day with blue water and rainbows at Kitty Hawk Pier. Courtesy Cory Godwin Productions

Editor’s Note: We are always looking for great fishing stories, so please send yours with any photos to obxfishnews@gmail.com.



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