WGMD Fishing Report 3-17-18


Friday saw more hard northwest winds and no one could fish the open water of the Delaware Bay or Atlantic Ocean.  We may get a break in the wind on Sunday and Monday, but then we get another storm on Tuesday.

The other day I spoke about my son’s exploits on the bluefin tuna grounds off the North Carolina Coast.  These fish show up here every winter and this year they are much larger than usual.  I have seen photos of bluefins well over 500 pounds with a few topping the 800-pound mark.

This is not a difficult fishery to access.  There are charter boats sailing from Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Village.  The run to the grounds is shorter from Oregon Inlet, but is still a reasonable distance from Hatteras.

Do not think about taking your trailer boat to either of these ports.  These waters have claimed many lives and are dangerous for even experienced captains to navigate.

I don’t know what the charter rates are, but they probably top $1,000.  Trust me, it is well worth it.

This is Eric Burnley with you WGMD fishing report.