My spring season on the Roanoke is officially over, and I’m glad to be home. The 2019 Roanoke River striper season (lower and upper) was one of the most consistent seasons I’ve ever had. I started fishing the lower end about mid-December and we had good consistent catches all throughout the winter months and into the early spring. Due to high water in Weldon during most of March, we did most of our March shad fishing on the Tar. The Tar produced very well for us. Our first week in Weldon started on April 8 and the water had finally dropped to good fishable levels and cleared up some. We blistered the shad that first week. By the middle of April, the stripers were there in full swing and it was just plain good the whole season. I can’t ever remember a better spring striper season in Weldon. Aside from maybe slipping up there to do a little post-spawn striper fishing on the lower end, I’m hanging up the Roanoke until next winter. Our new focus will be the Pamlico, and I’m excited to see what we can find.
I’ve been hearing great reports of speckled trout with some mixed catches of flounder and puppy drum. There have also been some big drum caught so far scattered all over the sound and lower rivers. Maybe we’ll encounter some of the big ones soon. I’ll be looking for them. Here are my remaining openings over the coming weeks. Let me know if you’d like to slip out there and experience some of coastal North Carolina’s finest inshore saltwater fishing here on the Inner Banks.
Summer Open Dates: May 23, 27 June 19, 25-27 July 1-6, 9-11, 13, 22-26, 31 Aug 1, 5-7