Area fishing report

July 3, 2013 

Pier educator Nick Preziotti recently caught and released this 42-inch scalloped hammerhead shark while fishing at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head on the Outer Banks. It's rare for a hammerhead to venture into such shallow water. These sharks normally are found offshore.



Oregon Inlet

Offshore boats up and down the coast were docked this week due to high winds. Inshore boats brought in speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, and cobia. The head boats returned with croakers, bluefish, and a few sea mullets caught. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301,


In the sound, puppy drum and speckled trout have been biting. Sea mullet have been caught on the beaches. 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, red drum, bluefish and sea mullet are biting. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491,

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Near the port, flounder have been biting. Sheepshead have been caught in several areas, but the weather has reduced the amount of fishing. Contact: EJW Outdoors at 252-247-4725;; or

Topsail Island

Inshore boats reported speckled trout, cobia, Spanish, drum and flounder were caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887,

Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

With rough weather inshore and on the beaches, only sheepshead and trout have been reported. Scattered Spanish and blues have also been caught. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763,


Falls Lake

With high water levels, the largemouth bass fishing has been very good with most anglers having success anywhere from 5-15 foot depths on Carolina rigs, shaky heads and spinner baits. Crappie have moved to about 10 foot depths near brush piles and laydowns on minnows and jigs. White bass are chasing shad and biting blade baits or crank baits. Catfish are biting on nightcrawlers and dough baits. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.13, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-847-1222;

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are biting worms at deep depths. Crappie have been caught on jigs around the docks. Stripers are also biting live baits. Catfish are biting shad. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 302.21, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait and Tackle 434-374-8381;

Shearon Harris Lake

Largemouth bass are biting deep on spoons and crankbaits. Crappie have been caught on minnows around structures between 15 to 20 feet. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255;

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