Area fishing report

October 3, 2012 


Oregon Inlet

Nearshore boats caught r ed drum and bluefish. Inshore anglers caught grey trout, puppy drum, speckled trout and bluefish. Offshore boats reported good catches of white marlin, blue marlin, wahoo and dolphin. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301,


Bluefish, red drum, sea mullet, pompano, spot and S panish mackerel have been caught at the point . On the beaches, blues and sea mullet have been caught. With rain in the area, offshore boats have rarely gone out, but w ahoo and do lphin have been caught along with an array of bottom fish . Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414,; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555,; Teach’s Lair Marina 252-986-2460.


Surf anglers reported good catches of pompano, puppy drum and mature bluefish along with some good-sized yearlings. Inshore, red drum have been biting early in the morning and late in the evenings along with several bluefish and Spanish. Offshore boats reported wahoo, white marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, dolphin and amberjack are biting . Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491,

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Offshore anglers reeled in several thick wahoo along with scattered king mackerel and dolphin on the east side . At the big rock, yellowfin tuna are biting in large quantities. Speckled trout and red drum are showing up on the beach. Around the inlet, bluefish and Spanish have been caught. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725;; or

Topsail Island

Nearshore anglers have found success with drum, trout, Spanish and sea mullet. Anglers on the beaches reported black drum, flounder, pompano and scattered spot are biting. In the sound, drum, sheepshead and speckled trout have been caught. Offshore reports include dolphin, wahoo, billfish and scattered yellowfin tuna. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887,

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Pier fishing has produced large bluefish and Spanish along with scattered king mackerel. On the beaches, anglers have caught bluefish and Spanish as well. In the surf, flounder, drum and pompano have been caught. The gulf stream has been good for blackfin tuna, wahoo and scattered dolphin. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763,

Southport/Sunset Beach

Offshore, wahoo and dolphin are being caught along with bottom fish. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221;; or


Falls Lake

The largemouth bass bite remains slow, but with warmer weather it is expected to pick up soon. The only success has been with small bass on topwater baits in morning and evening in five to 10 feet of water. Crappie are biting between eight to 12 feet around structures and brush. Catfish continue to be caught on nightcrawlers and dough balls. Schooling white bass are being caught on baitfish and topwater baits Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.74, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085;

Jordan Lake

Largemouth bass are biting on worms in shallow to medium depths. Crappie are biting jigs using minnows around the bridge pilings and at medium depths. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.24, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101;

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are being caught on spinner baits at mostly medium depths. The c rappie have been caught shallow near structures and bridge pilings. Striped bass are biting in the evenings on topwater baits. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 295.23, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcats Bait and Tackle 434-374-8381;

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass continues to remain slow. Schooling bass are biting topwater baits and medium-diving crankbaits, along with Carolina rigs near the secondary points. Crappie are still scattered, with a few biting in varying depths around structures on live baits or two-inch grubs. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255;

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