As I finally am able to sit here Wednesday and type in the fishing report, we have had two and half inches of rain on the island this morning, which has made fishing start off slow as folks wait for a break. I wish we could pass some of this rain on to those areas experiencing the drought. The past week has had rain showers usually in the evenings on the island, with warm partly cloudy to sunny days. Those fishing the beach in close right behind the waves with small hooks found sea mullets, croaker, a few scattered pompano, some bluefish, and small flounder. Inshore fishing was much better with catches of black drum, bluefish, gray trout, speckled trout, small cobia, some citation red drum and some spanish mackerel. Offshore reports still include wahoo and nice dolphin.
Val Kells of Charlottesville, VA (and illustrator of today’s featured product) came by with a nice sheepshead Saturday afternoon caught fishing inshore. Tim and Timothy Brodeur of Kitty Hawk, NC and Brad Bolling of Powhatan, VA went out with Russell Williams Saturday evening and found 5 citation red drum soundside Ocracoke. Bill Colonna of Kingsville, MD shared his photos of a nice day offshore Thursday with Madeleine Colonna, Mike Walther of Perry Hall, MD, and Fess Winstead of Blue Heron Realty on Ocracoke. They had 5 wahoo and several bailer and gaffer dolphin.
Captain Reid Robinson of the “Devereux” charter shared a couple of photos from the weekend of dolphin and puppy drum. Ricky’s son poses with a nice dolphin. Pascal’s 8 year old grandaughter found her first red drum on the trip. Karen Greene of Washington, NC texted her photo of her largest fish yet- a 30 lb amberjack caught while fishing on a “Dream Girl” charter. Fess Winstead of Ocracoke’s Blue Heron Realty found a nice dolphin offshore earlier in the weekend.
Willis Slane of Ocracoke, NC and Jim Hinson of High Point, NC shared their photo of a nice catch of black drum caught fishing inshore Ocracoke on Friday. Bobby Moore of Cary, NC shared his photos of Karen, Ashley, Allie, Patti, and Kristin with a 21 lb wahoo as well as Jordan and Alan Carrera with a wahoo off the Keshena wreck. Trevor Posenau of Durham, NC shared his photo on Facebook of a nice gray trout he caught on the beach last week. The Drumstick charter also had a great photo of a trip with dolphin, wahoo and cobia last week. See all these photos here.
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By Valerie A. Kells, Kent Carpenter – Johns Hopkins University Press (2011) – Paperback – 448 pages
A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes is a comprehensive, current, and accurate identification guide to the more than 1,000 nearshore and offshore fishes that live in brackish and marine waters from Maine to Texas. Val Kells and Kent Carpenter bring decades of experience to this project. With Kells’ detailed, vivid illustrations and Carpenter’s deep knowledge of biology, taxonomy, and nomenclature, this book captures the stunning diversity of species along America’s eastern shores. Key features of the book include:• more than 1,000 full-color illustrations, set side-by-side with descriptions of each fish• details about the biology of each species• habitat, distribution, and size information. Reliable and up-to-date, A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes is the most complete book ever published on East and Gulf Coast fishes-perfect for boat, home, or classroom. Its beautiful design and accessible format make it an ideal guide for fishermen, divers, students, scientists, naturalists, and fish enthusiasts alike.