Fall King Mackerel

Fall King Mackerel




Are boats catching kings out of Oregon Inlet? Over the summer there were some being caught but I haven't heard of any being caught recently


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RE: Fall King Mackerel




The basic answer is no. I'll talk from the Charterboat position. It gets way more complicated than a simple no. First, King Mackerel Fishing is unpredictable and at best inconsistent out of Oregon Inlet. The Summer "Run" which was only for several weeks, was not a regular Summer occurrence. Generally it's more a early Fall option and then not a regular thing. It saved the day for Inshore Charters because this Summer had the worst Blue and Spanish fishing in years. Most fishing was done South of the Inlet beyond the normal 4 hour trip. You had to do a 6 or 8 hour trip. The greatest part was that there were some small Dolphin in the general area too. These fish were from just under the legal size to maybe 2 to 4 inches over. Because of their unpredictability, nobody advertises, promises or even tries unless there are no other options. The Oregon Inlet area does not have the "Magazine Article" type fishing that is typically done much further South in NC or in SC and below. We do not have the big "Smokers". King Mackerel Fishing is a thing of the Past in the OI area. There used to be quite a few commercial boats seeking them. Quite a few years ago, there were some big Kings caught off the Piers and couple of "Hot Shots" with "Rocketship" private boats would catch some decent fish. Not much any more. The Kings caught were all trolling spoons, nothing special like in the magazines. Right, Inshore Charters are way down in numbers and Offshore boats are doing very well with Tuna and Dolphin. No need to try Kings. Are they there, well somebody has to experiment. Hatteras is a much better bet for Kings, especially in the Winter. There is a consistent, Winter commercial fishery down there.


RE: Fall King Mackerel




Thank you for the info I appreciate it