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FISH LIKE A LOCAL


Fall on the Outer Banks is the BEST time of the year for fishing. Here are some insider tips for successful and fun angling.


By Matt Dalia FALL FISHING TIPS WATCH THE REPORTS


There is no better way to gain up-to- date fishing intel and to cover a lot of ground than to check daily fishing reports. Doing a quick Google search for “obx fishing report” will provide a plethora of links to see how the action is from the surf, piers, sound and blue waters.


PRO TIP: Talk to dudes in the tackle shops and at the marinas.


TIME THE TIDES


Many times you can get an edge by fishing around the fluctuating tides. An incoming tide will fill in holes with water and therefore bring in the fish, like speckled trout, puppy drum and sea mullet.


PRO TIP: Go to outdoorobx.com for a good tide chart for Oregon Inlet area.


SUN UP, SUN DOWN


You can also better your odds by fishing in the mornings and the evenings. Fish like trout and red fish seem to bite better at dawn and dusk.


PRO TIP: Don’t be scared of the dark… I have caught fish even before daylight and after the sun has set.


Mattie Dalia has fished the coastal waters his entire life and made a lifelong dream come true by moving to the Outer Banks in 2006. You can usually find him in the evenings on Nags Head Fishing Pier, pursuing his favorite fish, el Spanish mackerel. Feel free to contact him at mattdalia@me.com.


BE PREPARED


There are times when you need to spring into action to be part of a good bite. These windows of opportunity can be short-lived. Therefore, have all your gear rigged up and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Last thing you want to be doing is standing in line at the tackle shop while the bite is going off.


PRO TIP: Have a second rig ready and with you… if your primary rod and reel mess up, you can grab number two and keep fishing, not missing a beat.


KEEP IT FRESH


While frozen bait will catch fish, using fresh bait can increase your odds and success. And be sure to keep what you have fresh by keeping it on ice and not allowing it to “soak” in water.


PRO TIP: When picking out fresh bait, look for firm meat, less smell than more and clear eyes on the fish.


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7223 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC www.qualifiercharters.com FALL 2013


Oceanfront in the heart of the Whalebone District Call (252) 255-1501 or visit us online at jennettespier.net


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