The first blue marlin have started to show. An estimated 300-pounder was caught Tuesday by the charter boat Waverunner. Scattered yellowfin tuna and lots of bluefin tuna are still around. Inshore trips have been yielding bluefish. Dog sharks have been caught within five miles of the beach. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Cape Point was still open as of Wednesday morning, but it might not be open much longer. The Point was closed down last week. At Cape Point, there were reports of puppy drum, bluefish, sea mullet, lots of blow toads and a few keeper flounder. At Avon Pier, blow toads, sea mullet and 28-inch striped bass was caught Tuesday. Contact: Frank & Fran's 252-995-4171.
The southern end of the island was closed Tuesday. As of Wednesday, there were still 8.4 miles of beach open to driving. A bird closure starts less than a mile south of Ramp 72, but all ramps are still open. There have been reports of scattered bluefish, puppy drum, black drum and sea mullet. Boat fishermen did well sight-casting to large red drum at Ocracoke Inlet this week. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com.
There are a few reports of bluefish off the beach and on the piers, but fishing mostly has been slow. False albacore have been reported off the beach. Sea mullet and gray trout have been found at Dead Tree Hole, Beaufort Inlet and the Turning Basin. Sharks and rays have been reported at the piers, where Virginia mullet have also turned up at night. A few puppy drum and small flounder have been reported inshore. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; www.ncoif.com.
On the pier, there have been good numbers of sea mullet at night. Also at the piers, a few puppy drum, black drum and bluefish have been reported. Those same species seem to be a little slower in the surf. In the creeks, puppy drum have been caught in good numbers, along with a few speckled trout and flounder. There have been big catches of bonito about three to five miles out. Offshore, wahoo and cobia have been caught by anglers jigging in the Gulf Stream. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Inshore, a few puppy drum have been caught in the flats and the creeks, coming from the surf. A few speckled trout have been in the backs of the creeks. Nearshore, bluefish and bonito have been caught from the beach to as far as five miles out by anglers trolling spoons and casting lures. Offshore, the wahoo and blackfin tuna bite has picked up considerably, with a few stray sailfish mixed in. Contact: Tex's Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
A few whiting were being caught off the pier and in the surf at the end of last week. Red drum have been reported, but speckled trout have yet to show. Some flounder, mostly undersized, have been reported. Nearshore, black sea bass have been caught. And in the Gulf Stream, wahoo are still biting well. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.oifishingcenter.com.
Male largemouth bass up on the spawning beds, which they are fanning. The bigger females should follow by next week. Crappie action has been a little slow. They have been found in five to eight feet of water. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.64, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Largemouth bass have been mostly caught in shallow water, mostly on spinnerbaits and soft plastic. Crappie have been caught in shallow water and in deeper water, where they seem to be moving to, with most of them spawned out. The striped bass are still up the river and in the creeks. A catfish tournament over the weekend was won with a 57-pound blue catfish. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 302.28, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat's Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Some decent largemouth bass have been caught on the flats. They should be in spawning mode right now. The crappie bite has been pretty steady in five feet of water. They should still be spawning. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.31, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; www.wmi.org.
On Tuesday, two large crappie were reported. The bigger one was 2.5 pounds. A largemouth bass that weighed 3.57 pounds was reported. Contact: park office 919-662-5704.
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Largemouth bass have been caught in six to 12 feet of water. Some fish are done spawning, but some are still at it. Crappie also are in six and 12 feet of water and should be spawning soon, if they haven't begun to already. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
A lot of striped bass are in the Weldon area. Many of the fish are smaller, but a few 20-pounders have been reported. The hickory shad are pretty much gone, and the white perch have slowed down. Contact: Colston's Tackle Box 252-537-6485.