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For the week of Nov. 26 - Dec. 1
Ocean: Offshore fishing picked up, and anglers had good catches of yellowfin and blackfin tuna. The best fishing for yellowfin tuna was out of Oregon Inlet. Anglers also had fair catches of wahoo. The majority of the wahoo landed were citation-sized fish. Mid-range anglers landed a few king mackerel. Live menhaden was the bait of choice when it could be found. Bottom fishing yielded good catches of blueline tilefish and triggerfish. Anglers also landed black sea bass and a few assorted groupers.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers fishing around the inlets continued to experience good red drum fishing. They landed red drum of all sizes, but most fish were in the 20- to 25-inch range. Anglers caught the majority of the fish on cut mullet and Gulp bait. A handful of speckled trout were caught, as well. Anglers still caught sheepshead from the Oregon Inlet catwalk. A few black drum and tautog were caught, as well. Striped were caught around all local bridges, but the bite was hit or miss. Live croakers and swimbaits produced the best catches.
Piers/Shore: Pier and surf anglers were limited due to weather. Despite cold conditions with rough surf, anglers continued to catch plenty or red drum. Drum were landed on all beaches from Corolla to Hatteras. Almost all of the fish were in the legal slot size. A few citation red drum were landed between Avon and Cape Point. Cut mullet and menhaden produced the best catches. Anglers also caught a few sea mullet and speckled trout.