Off-pier and nearshore anglers caught several bluefish, croakers, sea bass and cobia. Inshore, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel and croakers are biting. Offshore anglers reported limits of gaffer dolphin and wahoo, along with some scattered billfish, yellowfin tuna and catch-and-release blue marlin and sailfish. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Inshore anglers reported croakers, bluefish, flounder and sea mullet being caught. Offshore, wahoo, dolphin, yellowfin tuna and tilefish have biting. Contact: Frank & Frans 252-995-4171; Teachs Lair Marina 252-986-2460; Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Odens Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.
Inshore boats reeled in several nice-sized spotfish, bluefish, croakers and sea mullet last weekend. Offshore, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dolphin are biting more, as are scattered catch-and-release blue marlin. Contact: Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Inshore, red drum and speckled trout continue to bite in the marshes, with flounder biting at the inlets. Offshore anglers are reporting that dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, Spanish mackerel and wahoo are biting. Bottom fishing has been good for grouper and triggerfish. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; www.ncwaterman.com.
On the beaches and off the piers, speckled trout, bluefish, and Spanish are biting. In the surf, red drum, sea mullet, cobia and pompano are being caught. Flounder and red drum are still biting in the sound. Nearshore anglers are catching several cobia around rocky points. Offshore anglers have found success with dolphin, tuna and scattered king mackerel. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887; www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
In the creeks and near the inlet, flounder and sheepshead are being caught. Spanish have been biting on the beaches for anglers throwing out clarkspoons. King mackerel are biting for offshore anglers at about 10 miles out, while dolphin have been caught at about the 20 mile range. In the gulfstream, billfish and dolphin have been reeled in. Contact: Texs Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Large flounder are biting off the piers and inshore in shallow waters. Pompano, trout, bluefish and black bass have also been reported on the beaches and inshore. Offshore, king mackerel and dolphin have been biting. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Scattered largemouth bass are the only fish being reported. Anglers are catching them with Carolina rigs, Alabama rigs, deep-diving crankbaits and large worms have been used with some success in deep waters due to the hot weather. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.06, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Largemouth bass are biting in deep waters on deep-diving crankbaits near beds. Crappie are biting for structure fishermen near bridges and docks. Catfish are still being caught on live baits at deep depths. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.58, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Catfish continue to bite around structures on jigging spoons through trolling. Largemouth bass are biting on crankbaits and spinner baits at deep depths. Catfish around 10-20 pounds have been caught on cut baits and live baits. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.07, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcats Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
No reports in the past week due to weather in the area. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
L argemouth bass are biting on deep-diving crankbaits, with topwater baits being used in the mornings and evenings. Crappie are being caught at medium to deep depths on live minnows and bright-colored jigs. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)