Area fishing report

September 19, 2012 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Nearshore anglers reported flounder, Spanish mackerel, sea mullet and bluefish are biting . Inshore, gray trout, flounder, croaker and albacore have been caught. Offshore anglers are still finding success with wahoo , dolphin and blackfin tuna along with catch-and-release sailfish, blue marlin and white marlin . Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Inshore, Spanish, flounder, speckled trout and bluefish are biting. Nearshore reports note that fl ounder and sea mullet have been biting . Fishing in the sound has produced good Spanish, flounder and speckled trout. Offshore, do lphin, wahoo, triggerfish and scattered king mackerel are being caught. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.

Ocracoke/Portsmouth

In the surf, b luefish and pompano along with scattered sea mullet have been caught. Nearshore anglers reported red drum and speckled trout are biting. Offshore, the wahoo and dolphin bites are picking up, while tri ggerfish and grouper have also been caught. Catch-and-release billfish are biting at the 15 to 20 mile range. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

In the surf, bluefish and sea mullet are still being caught along with scattered pompan o. Inshore anglers have found success with S panish, speckled trout, sea mullet and bluefish. In the sound, speckled trout and re d drum have been reported. Offshore boats have brought in good amounts of yellow fin tuna and wahoo . Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Surf anglers have reported good catches of sea mullet, pompano and bluefish along with scattered flounder and Spanish. Inshore boats are catching Spanish and speckled trout. W ahoo, yellowfin tuna and dolphin have been reported by offshore anglers. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Inshore boats reported red drum , speckled trout and Spanish are biting . In the surf, pompano and sea mullet have been caught. Offshore, wahoo, blackfin tuna and dolphin are biting. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

On the piers, spots, sea mullet and flounder are biting. Inshore, whitings, pompano, sea mullet, Spanish and spots have been caught. Wahoo, dolphin and blackfin tuna are being caught offshore. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Largemouth bass are still biting in large quantities in the upper part of the river on flutter spoons, spinner baits and crankbaits. Crappie are being found between 10 to 12 feet on live minnows around brush piles. Catfish are still being caught on dough balls and night crawlers. W hite bass are schooling and are biting on a variety of baits, including rooster tails and blade baits. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 250.53, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Jordan Lake

Spinner baits and flutter spoons have been good for largemouth bass in the area for those using Carolina rigs. Crappie are still biting around structures, but have been found at medium depths on minnows. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.99, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are being caught on crank baits and spinner baits at medium depths. S triped bass are still biting on topwater baits in the morning and evening at medium depths. Crappie are biting on live minnows near structures. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 296.26, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass are biting on medium-diving crankbaits and flutter spoons near the points when the weather is coolest. Crappie have been caught on minnows around structures and brush piles at medium depths. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.

(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)

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