New to OBX Fishing

By: Weakfish
8/13/2019 1:35 PM

From a generational recreation fishing family in the New Jersey Area (LBI) that has typically focused on light tackle fishing in the bay. Mostly focused on weakfish (sea trout) which I think are called gray trout in this area. Being new to this area I would like to find out more information about fishing in the bay/sound side. I spend most of my time in S. Nags Head so I would be interested in understanding the fishing grounds by the second bridge heading south.

What are good fish to go for in bay? Are there weakfish/gray trout in the area? Any information would be helpful thanks.

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By: Pickle
8/13/2019 4:39 PM

Okay I'm originally from LI so I understand Weakfish. I also have owned and operated a Charter boat here since 2001. Actually two boats originally (sound and ocean). Okay yes we do have Weakfish (Gray Trout) but they are small and a 3 lb fish would be large. I have only seen them to about 5 lbs. (Once). They are more common in the late Spring/ Early Summer on the fishing piers and Inlet area. Our most popular is Speckled Trout (Spotted Weakfish). Specks use to travel as high as Southern NJ 60 YEARS AGO ( yes I'm old). These are caught in the Surf, Sound and backwaters. Most popular bait is artificial (grubtails, mirrorlures, small lima bean bucktails ) not bait. The best Sound fishing is from a boat getting into shallow sloughs and marsh banks and casting/jigging. You say the 2nd bridge going South do you mean south of OI? That would be the "Lego" Bridge or New, New Inlet bridge which has no water. Since I dont fish the Sound much , my boat is too big, I'm sure somebody will answer your post more specifically. Good fishing

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By: Weakfish
8/14/2019 8:50 AM

Thanks for the information. I should have been clearer the second bridge I was referring to was the one that goes back onto the mainland through Roanoke Island (Manteo).

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By: Pickle
8/14/2019 9:14 AM

Us locals call that the Pirates Cove Bridge actually the Washington Baum Bridge. Anyway there is a fishing Pier under it on the North side, the boat launching ramps are in the South side by the parking lot. The Ramp side bulkhead is very good for crabbing, but a lot of small ones. The Fishing Pier is not bad for small Bottom fish (Pigs, Spot and Croakers) and an occasional Trout or Striper. The "Little Bridge" before the PC Bridge is more popular. Spring Trout are good. Early Morning and Evenings are best. Great for Kids when there is good Bottom action, easy to fish.

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By: TwentyPSI
8/14/2019 9:32 AM

It's been a long time since the Outer Banks had significant numbers of gray trout (aka weakfish). These days, you'll catch one every once in while, but that's it. However, there are large numbers of speckled trout in the sounds. They're similar to gray trout in every way. In the image below, the gray trout's on top.

Most "specks" are caught by drifting the grass beds in the Pamlico Sound in a small boat or a kayak. There are also a number of places where you can fish from shore. Ask at your local tackle shop.

This website linked below has lots of good information.



soundsideadventures.com/h...

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