Area fishing report

October 10, 2012 


Oregon Inlet

Monday and Tuesday were no sail days for offshore boats. But during the weekend, offshore anglers reported limits of dolphin, along with wahoo, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, white marlin and blue marlin. Inshore boats brought in speckled trout, puppy drum, flounder and bluefish. Nearshore anglers found success with Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum and red drum. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301,


Out near the point, red drum, sea mullet, bluefish and S panish mackerel are biting. Bluefish, speckled trout and sea mullet remain popular on the beaches. Offshore boats have been docked for the last two days, but dolphin, wahoo , yellowfin tuna and bi llfish were biting over the weekend . Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414,; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555,; Teach’s Lair Marina 252-986-2460.


In the surf, pompano, red drum, Spanish, bluefish and sea mullet were caught. Inshore boats reported red drum are still biting early in the morning and late in the evenings along with bluefish, speckled trout, flounder and Spanish. Offshore boats reported good catches of dolphin, yellowfin tuna, billfish and amberjack . Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491,

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Offshore, wahoo were still biting along with limits of dolphin and scattered king mackerel over the weekend . Pier fishing has turned up good bluefish, spots and flounder. The beaches have still been good for speckled trout and drum. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725;; or

Topsail Island

Off the piers, spots, pompano, flounder and a mixed bag of bluefish have been caught. Nearshore, red drum, sea mullet and Spanish are all biting. Surf anglers reported flounder, pompano and se a mullet. Offshore reports have been slow, but dolphin, king mackerel, wahoo and yellowfin tuna have been caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887,

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

On the beaches, bluefish, speckled trout, pompano and Spanish are biting. Pier fishermen are still catching bluefish, spots and Spanish. Offshore boats that went out over the weekend caught wahoo, dolphin, billfish and king mackerel. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763,

Southport/Sunset Beach

Off the piers and on the beaches, bluefish and Spanish have been caught. Offshore fishing has been slow in the area, but wahoo, billfish and dolphin have been caught along with grouper and triggerfish. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221;; or


Falls Lake

The largemouth bass have moved to the back of the creeks and are biting on crank baits, spinner baits and jigs. Bass have also been biting on the ledges on Carolina rigs. Crappie have moved up to around five to 12 foot depths on minnows and other small baits. Catfish are still biting on nightcrawlers and dough balls at shallow depths. W hite bass are still schooling and have been caught on 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 crank baits, spinner baits and worms in shallow to medium depths and topwater baits in the morning and evenings. Crappie are biting jigs using minnows around the bridge pilings. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.24, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101;

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass have been caught on spinner baits at medium depths, with others finding success on crank baits and topwater baits. The c rappie bite has picked up at medium depths near structures and bridge pilings over the weekend. Striped bass are still biting topwater baits in the evenings and before noon. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 295.23, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcats Bait and Tackle 434-374-8381;

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass are being caught on vertical jigging flutterspoons. Schooling bass are biting on topwater baits. Crappie are biting on various colored grubs and minnows in 12 to 18 foot depths. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255;

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