Area fishing report

June 26, 2013 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Nearshore fishing has produced several large cobia ranging from 45 to 76 pounds, along with bluefish and trout. Offshore anglers reported yellowfin tuna, gaffer dolphin, wahoo, large bigeye tuna, large cobia. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Inshore, sea mullet, bluefish, drum and Spanish are biting. At the point and near the inlet, big drum have been caught. Offshore anglers reported dolphin, blue marlin, yellowfin tuna 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

Surf anglers are still catching red drum and sea mullet. Offshore, grouper and wahoo are biting 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 and dolphin 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

Inshore anglers are reporting red drum, speckled trout, sea mullet, trout and flounder. Nearshore, several large cobia ranging from 60 to 70 pounds have been caught, with one weighing 75 pounds. A good amount of Spanish has also been reported. Surf anglers reported drum, s ea mullet and blu efish. Offshore boats are keeping their lines tight with w ahoo , dolphin, blue marlin, sailfish, white marlin and blackfin tuna.

Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, texstackle.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Largemouth bass are spawning up the lake and are being found in the main lake points on Carolina rigs, shaky heads and jigs. Crappie have moved out to 10- to 15-foot depths near the brush and are biting on live minnows and jigs. Catfish are biting off the points on night crawlers and chicken livers. White bass have moved down the lake and are biting on grubs and small minnow-shaped baits. 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 biting on worms at medium depths. Crappie have been caught on jigs around the docks. Stripers are also biting live baits. Catfish are 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 bedding and biting on plastics early in the morning and late in the evening. Brim are also bedding and biting on crickets. Crappie are biting shallow at around 4- to 8-foot depths on minnows. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; wmi.org.

(Water levels: http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)

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