Area fishing report

June 19, 2013 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Inshore anglers are catching cobia, spinner sharks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and black tips. Offshore boats brought in their limits of yellowfin tuna along with gaffer dolphin, large bigeye tuna and several large billfish. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Inshore, sea mullet, bluefish, cobia, bluefish, spotfish and Spanish are all biting. Offshore boats brought in yellowfin tuna, bigeyes, dolphin, blue marlin and cobia. 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.

Ocracoke/Portsmouth

In the sound, cobi a and spo ts have been caught. S panish , red drum, blues, spots and sea mullet are biting on the beaches. Offshore boats caught dolphin, yellowfin tuna, grouper and wahoo with scattered king mackerel. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, fishtradewinds.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

In the surf, red drum, bluefish, sheepshead and sea mullet are biting. Nearshore, cobia have been biting on bait balls and 3-ounce bucktails with curly-tail grubs. Offshore, do lphin and blue marlin have been the most popular, but white marlin have also been reported. Contact: EJW Outdoors at 252-247-4725; ncwaterman.com; or ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Offshore boats reported grou per, cobia, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna biting. Inshore, speckled trout, sea mullet, Spanish mackerel, red drum and flounder were caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

On the beaches, Spanish mackerel and blues are biting. Inshore, they’re catching red drum, speckled trout and flounder. A good amount of Spanish has also been reported. Offshore boats reported king mackerel are running about 6 miles out and w ahoo , dolphin, large blue marlin and blackfin tuna are biting. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, texstackle.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Largemouth bass are still doing very well in the main lake points in 12-foot depths on crankbaits, Carolina rigs and jigs. Crappie are biting between 10 to 15 feet near the brush and are biting on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and chicken livers around the creek channels. White bass have been biting on any shiny baits as far down as the Highway 50 boat ramp. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.13, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-847-1222; wmi.org.

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are still biting on soft plastics and jigs at medium depths. Crappie have been caught on jigs around the docks and brush piles. Stripers are also biting live baits near the creeks. Catfish are still biting live shad. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 302.21, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait and Tackle 434-374-8381; kerrlake.com.

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass are biting plastics and topwater baits early in the morning near grassbeds and late in the evenings on soft plastic worms and medium-diving crankbaits. Crappie are biting shallow on soft plastic curly tails and minnows around structures. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; wmi.org.

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

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