Offshore, the tuna bite has been excellent, with good numbers of yellowfin tuna (including an 80-pounder) boated as well as smaller numbers of blackfin tuna and a few bigeye tuna. A few wahoo and a few white marlin are reported. Inshore boats have reeled in puppy drum and bluefish. Spanish mackerel have slowed . False albacore have been caught. Gray and speckled trout are biting. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Northeast winds at 25 knots made it difficult for surf fishermen early Wednesday, but Cape Point still gave up red drum (mostly pups but a few big ones) and bluefish. On the south beach, spot and sea mullet were biting. Inshore guides have been getting drum of all sizes, plus bluefish and small speckled trout. At the piers are puppy drum, spots, pompano, mullet and blues. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.red drumtackle.com ; Teach's Lair Marina 252-986-2460; www.hatterasharbor.com.
On Ocracoke, surf fishing picked up Tuesday with scattered pups, blues, mullet, gray trout, pompano and flounder. On Portsmouth Island, big red drum are biting. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds. com ; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthisland.com.
Decent-sized flounder starting to show at Bogue Pier and the Coast Guard channel in Emerald Isle all the way to behind Shackleford Banks. Spots have been best at night on the piers. On the beaches, speckled trout and nice sea mullet are reported. Blues are in the sounds. False albacore have been around Lookout Shoals. Offshore are grouper and snapper. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247- 4725; www.ncwaterman.com; or www.ncoif.com.
In the surf, a lot of blues, redfish and pompano. Off the piers are Spanish and blues and lots of spots at night. Inshore, red drum and speckled trout turned on. Nearshore, gray trout and king mackerel have been biting, and Spanish have been biting early in the morning. Offshore, the wahoo are in the Gulf Stream. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Lots of Spanish, bluefish, flounder and spots are in the surf and off the pier. Nearshore, king mackerel are at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Gag grouper are about 20 miles out, but bad weather in the last couple of days has kept boats from venturing out. The last Gulf Stream report Friday had wahoo and mahi-mahi biting. Contact: Tex's Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Inshore, speckled trout are in the creeks, and red drum, flounder and blues should be near, too. Near shore, king mackerel should move close, as will false albacore. Grouper are moving closer. Offshore are king mackerel, bonito and bottom-feeders are around. At the Gulf Stream are wahoo, sailfish, blackfin and yellowfin. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightchart ers.com ; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Largemouth bass are hitting crank baits and Carolina-rigged plastic worms in 6 to 8 feet off the main and creek channels. Crappie are hard to find. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Striped bass are biting near the major creek mouths. Largemouth bass are in the backs of main lake creeks and pockets. Crappie have moved off the deep brush piles and bridge pilings. Contact: Buggs Island Bait & Tackle 434-374-8934; www.kerrlake.com.
Before Wednesday's rain, crappie had been biting well. Largemouth bass have been tough. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362- 7101; www.carolinaoutdoors.net.
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Most of the largemouth bass are still in 12 to 20 feet, close to the channels and long, flat points. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557- 8255; www.wmi.org.