Area fishing report

July 11, 2013 

Tuesday obviously was a dandy day for catching black drum in the backwaters near Ocean Isle. Dads Patrick Whalen and Todd Restel took their 9-year-old sons along, Wyatt and Jake, respectively, and the party scored well. The four were fishing out of Ocean Isle Fishing Center with guide Jacob Frick. (Photo Courtesy of Jacob Frick)



Oregon Inlet

Offshore boats reported good king mackerel, triggerfish and sharks. Inshore boats caught speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, cobia and blues. Surf anglers brought in speckled trout, blues and red drum. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301,


Offshore anglers caught wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna and triggerfish. Soundside, puppy drum, spots and speckled trout are biting. In the surf, drum and blues were reported. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414,; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555,; Teach’s Lair Marina 252-986-2460.


Fishing along the beach has produced good drum and sea mullet along with a few flounder and pompano. Inshore fishing was a little slower with reports of some puppy drum, speckled trout, gray trout, and flounder. Offshore reports include amberjack and triggerfish this week. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491,

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Offshore boats brought in dolphin, amberjack, king mackerel and wahoo. F lounder and drum are biting near the point. Inshore anglers brought in drum, speckled trout, flounder and blues. Contact: EJW Outdoors at 252-247-4725;; or

Topsail Island

Offshore, amberjack, blackfin tuna, wahoo and sharks are biting. Inshore boats are still reporting speckled trout, Spanish, drum and flounder were caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887,

Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

Red drum, flounder and blues have been caught inshore and in the surf. Offshore anglers reported king mackerel, dolphin, sailfish, sea bass and bottom fish are biting. In the Gulf Stream, amberjack, marlin, sailfish and blackfin tuna have been caught. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763,


Falls Lake

Largemouth bass have been biting at around 10-20 foot depths on Carolina rigs and spinner baits. Crappie have been caught at medium depths near brush piles on minnows and jigs. White bass are biting blade baits or crank baits at medium depths. Catfish are biting nightcrawlers. 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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