Area fishing report

November 14, 2012 


Oregon Inlet

Nearshore, bluefish and drum are biting. Inshore, sheepshead, gray trout, bluefish and black sea bass have been caught . Offshore boats found success with yellowfin tuna, tilefish, dolphin, blackfin tuna and wahoo. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301,


Down in Frisco, pu py drum and trout have been reported. Puppy drum and black drum are biting out near Hatteras. Around the points, red drum, sea mullet and black drum are biting. Flounder and bluefish are biting in the sound. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414,; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555,; Teach’s Lair Marina 252-986-2460.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

The story in the area is the trout bite, with most of them showing up in the surf and up the rivers. Anglers are also finding success with albacore in the surf. On the soundside, drum and flounder are still being caught . Offshore boats have mostly stayed docked due to poor weather, but anglers that have gone out reported wahoo and blackfin tuna are biting. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725;; or

Topsail Island

In the surf, b luefish, sea mullet and trout have been reported with red drum being caught at night. A lbacore, speckle d trout and spots were reported on the piers. Nearshore anglers reported Spanish and speckled trout have been caught. Offshore anglers found success with wahoo and dolphin. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887,

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Nearshore anglers reported good catches of king mackerel. Inshore boats caught flounder, red drum and speckled trout. Surf anglers are catching drum, flounder, spotfish, sea mullet and bluefish. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763,

Southport/Sunset Beach

Pier fishermen reported blu efish and spots along with scattered king mackerel. In the surf, anglers are still finding success with bluefish and drum. Offshore boats caught several black bass, cobia and king mackerel. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221;; or


Falls Lake

L argemouth bass are still biting at the main lake points at medium depths on crankbaits and Texas red worms. Crappie are still biting minnows and small jigs on the river channels at 15 foot depths. White bass are still being caught at medium depths. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 250.9, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085;

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are biting on spinner baits and crank baits at shallow to medium depths. The crappie are biting on jigs between eight to 15 foot depths near brushpiles. Striped bass are biting on live baits near the main lake points. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 296.63, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcats Bait and Tackle 434-374-8381;

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass are biting on medium-diving crank baits, but with weather changes, not many anglers have been out since the weekend.. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255;

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