In the world of offshore fishing there are a million little secrets that some people will take to their graves with them but there is also some easy things you can do to catch some nice fish.
Yes, you can pay someone to take you out, and you will catch some, but if you try it yourself it can be a little nerve racking.
There is a lot of water out there and unless you follow someone out where do you go.
If you are like me I don’t even have a boat that will carry enough gas to get me 40-plus miles offshore and back, so what I like to do is fish the towers.
The towers are a series of navy flight towers that are place in certain areas offshore but not too far offshore. If you go to any good tackle store at the beach or at the Oregon Inlet center, they have maps that have the exact location to these towers, but if you go straight out east from the inlet you will see the 102 tower on the horizon and just follow your nose from there.
The tower is in about 100 feet of water and is always holding fish. It is an oasis out in the vast ocean and there is nothing else around it so it always holds fish.
There is a variety of ways to fish the towers including trolling around it at certain distances or pitching bottom rigs for sea bass and grouper.
One of my favorite ways is to drift it with baits like cut bait or squid or jigging the fish off the bottom. You can catch jacks, barracudas, rock bass and other fish off these structures and you don’t have to go half way to England to get there.
There are some basics that you have to follow such as never get on the towers, always watch your weather and keep an eye on the west for storms and remember you are still 15 or 20 miles offshore so watch your time and get in before dark.
Next time you want to go offshore but not too far then give the towers a shot.
What’s biting, where...
The fishing report for offshore is looking like a dream come true for the billfish guys with some boats coming back with their riggers full of flags. Between Oregon Inlet and Pirates Cove they had over 150 flags in one day this week. They are also catching some tuna and dolphin but the buzz is all about the marlin bite. Down in Hatteras they are catching some huge wahoo with multiple boats coming back with their limits.
On the beach and piers they have some nice pompano being caught on sand fleas and tons of spot and croaker.
At the end of the piers and on the near shore boats they have spanish and blues along with some nice cobia that are still making a big splash.
The pompano are right in the surf and they have small mouths so you want to use a small hook and pitch it right in the breakers where the water drops off. They sit there and wait for the sand fleas to wash into the surf and then its dinner time.
The sound is still red hot on speckled trout and puppy drum with Gulp baits and soft plastic swim baits. You can also use bottom rigs and shrimp but you can cover a lot more water with the lures.
You want to fish the bridge pilings and other structure and try to get the bait right next to the concrete. Make multiple casts and keep moving till you find the magic spot then sit there and work it till they stop biting.
If anyone gets out this weekend send me a report and some pictures to email@example.com or hit me up on Facebook at Fishing with Mike.