I have fished the Outer Banks since 1975, Surf, Boat, Pier and the "little bridge". I have run a Charterboat here for the last 20. I'm not going to talk about the Good Old Days which were 10 times better than now. I'm going to say that for the past 2 or 3 years Bottom Surf Fishing from Corolla to SNH has been poor. Spot are almost non existent, Croakers either tiny or poor, Flounder, Ha Ha. Sea Mullet have had their moments with some decent size and Pompano have surprised some anglers. For those wanting to have a fish fry, feed a house full of people forget it. Now don't get me wrong, Fishing is a sport that brings tremendous satisfaction to people. To many it's relaxing and great way to keep yourself amused or nowadays challenged. Simple rules for Summer Bottom Fishing with bait for basic "Pan Fish": Put in your time either Early Morning or Early Evening, Small Hooks, No Squid, No Mullet (Exceptions though), If a 2 oz sinker won't hold forget it, hold your rod even if in a chair, stay away from swimmers or go home, Incoming water best, fish the sloughs, Lastly, DO NOT OVER CAST. Save a fish for me.