Area fishing report

March 27, 2013 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Offshore boats reported bluefin tuna, wahoo and bigeye tuna. Nearshore boats reported limited success with seabass. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Inshore, puppy drum and skates are still biting. Offshore boats reported success with tuna and wahoo. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, hatterasisland.com; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, odensdock.com; Teach’s Lair Marina 252-986-2460.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

While most boats remained docked, offshore anglers did report success with wahoo. Inshore, red drum and speckled trout are biting. Contact: EJW Outdoors at 252-247-4725; ncwaterman.com; or ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

With the weather warming up, sea mullet and puffers are biting along with scattered bluefish. Black drum have been popular around the inlets. On the backside, red drum and trout are biting. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

In the gulf stream, wahoo and blackfin tuna have been caught. Inshore, drum and trout are biting with scattered stripers in the river. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, texstackle.com

Southport/Sunset Beach

Offshore boats are still reporting wahoo and scattered bottom fish . Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; yeahrightcharters.com; or oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

L argemouth bass are biting on jerkbaits, spinner baits and soft plastics between two to eight feet of water. Crappie are biting on minnows anywhere from one to five feet deep. Catfish have slowed down, but can still be caught on chicken livers and night crawlers. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.86, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; wmi.org.

Kerr Lake

Crappie are biting on minnows and should pick up over the weekend. Largemouth bass are biting on jigs at medium to deep depths. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.95, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcats Bait and Tackle 434-374-8381; kerrlake.com.

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

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