The Outer Banks surf is teaming with red drum, bluefish and other fall species this time of year. It seems if you can find a slough, you find the fish. But the weather can be very finicky this time of year so there are other places to explore.
There are many hidden spots that anglers can fend off the weather, find fish and enjoy the serenity of the Outer Banks.
Here are three very popular fishing spots that fill that objective.
The Daniels Bridge (Little Bridge), Wildlife pier (Washington Baum Bridge) and the BeBop pier (Umstead Bridge).
The Daniels Bridge is just west of the Whalebone Junction on Rt. 64 West. There is plenty of parking with a bath house and fish cleaning station. Anglers can fish both the north and south sides of the bridge with convenient walkways that keep you away from traffic. Water flows from the Albemarle Sound into the Roanoke Sound. Fish gather here most of the year. A large concrete wall on the south side provides protection from the wind. This area is the favorite of most local anglers.
The Wildlife pier is another great place to fish. The pier runs parallel and just under the Washington Baum Bridge / Rt. 64 west. This is another area where water flows quickly. There is a huge slough at the entrance to the Pirate’s Cove harbor that hold plenty of big fish. Good casting techniques will help you reach these trophy fish. Restrooms are available. This is also a great place to crab or throw a cast net for bait. Benches and Baum bridge provides some shade to enhance anglers comfort.
The final spot is the BeBop Pier. This area is located on the western side of the Old Mann’s Harbor Bridge (Umstead Bridge Old Rt. 64). This pier reaches into Albemarle Sound just north of the Croatan Sound. It has benches and a covered porch to keep the sun at bay. This pier continues to hold fish most of the year. Puppy drum and stripers are a favorite of anglers who frequent this pier. Thousands of Purple Martins return here each year to roost under the bridge. So if fishing is slow, this is a bird-watchers paradise.
All three of these fishing spots hold fish. So if you looking for that new spot or just a place out of the ordinary, then you won’t have to look too far.
Until next time – Tightlines. Capt. Tony
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Hey Tony, Thanks for these great fishing spots! What lures, rigs, and / or baits would you recommend best for fishing at the little bridge this time of the year? thanks, Dan
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Tony posted: “The Outer Banks surf is teaming with red drum, bluefish and other fall species this time of year. It seems if you can find a slough, you find the fish. But the weather can be very finicky this time of year so there are other places to explore. There ar”
My go to lure is any type of lead head with eyes topped with a swim bait. Lead head is either a Z-man with trout eyes or Bass Assassin jig. I top either with a Bass Assassin or Z-man swim bait. Dark shades during low light and lighter ones for clear days. Chartreuses is the most successful color.
My second choice is a “Storm” Wild Eye Swim Shad. These are pre-rigged. I start small and work larger.
And finally something that rattles or makes noise such as a rattle traps. Some jig heads contain lead BB’s great to use but sometimes hard to find.
Remember fish face toward the current. Watch the wind and current directions. Cast as far as you can, vary your retrieval speed and techniques. Best times are before sunrise and just at sunset.
Tip – Good anglers catch more fish when they and their baits act like the fish they are after.
Tightlines and Good luck