Area fishing report

September 4, 2013 


Oregon Inlet

Offshore boats are reporting limits of dolphin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna, wahoo and tilefish along with several catch-and-release sailfish and white marlin. A bigeye tuna was brought in that weighed 232 pounds. Nearshore, Spanish mackerel and bluefish are being caught. Inshore anglers have caught triggerfish, Spanish, sea bass, speckled trout and cobia. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301,


Bluefish, Spanish and croakers were caught by surf anglers. Flounder and drum continue to bite at the new inlet . Dolphin, blackfin tuna and yellowfin tuna are biting offshore along with catch-and-release sailfish. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414,; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555,; or


Nearshore, croakers, bluefish, amberjack and flounder have been biting. Inshore boats have reported good catches of Spanish and speckled trout. Offshore anglers are finding success with yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna and wahoo along with catch-and-release sailfish. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491,; Morris Marina 252-225-4261,

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Limits of dolphin and wahoo have been brought in by offshore boats. Off the beaches, Spanish are being caught. On the head boats, grouper, snappers, triggerfish and sea bass are all doing well. The lower Neuse has produced some good catches of red drum and speckled trout. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678;

Topsail Island

Nearshore anglers have found success with black drum, cobia, Spanish and sea mullet. Pompano and bluefish are still popular in the surf. In the sound, drum, speckled trout and flounder are being caught. Offshore, dolphin and yellowfin tuna are coming in, along with a few king mackerel. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887,

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Pompano and black drum are being caught on the beaches by anglers using sand fleas. Red drum and sharks are still biting at night in the surf. Bluefish and Spanish are being caught off the piers. Offshore, dolphin and king mackerel are being caught along with scattered catch-and-release sailfish. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763,

Southport/Sunset Beach

The creeks continue to produce good amounts of bluefish and flounder. Inshore boats have reported pompano, drum and bluefish. Offshore anglers reported wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dolphin are biting. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221;; or


Falls Lake

Largemouth bass are biting between six to 10 feet of water on 10-inch worms on Texas rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are biting the best at night on live minnows or jigs. Catfish continue to bite on night crawlers. White bass are being caught on rooster tails and blade baits. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.92, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085;

Jordan Lake

Largemouth bass biting on the points for anglers using crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappie continue to bite around structures on live baits and large worms. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.44, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are biting deep-diving crankbaits at about 10 to 20 feet. Stripers are biting on bucktails. Crappie have been caught on live minnows around structures and brush piles at deep depths. Catfish are still biting in the river channels using cut baits. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.28, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381;

Lake Wheeler

Largemouth bass are biting on deep-diving crankbaits using worms. Crappie are being caught deep on minnows or jigs. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.

Shearon Harris Lake

Anglers are finding success with largemouth bass on mid to deep-diving crankbaits using topwater baits and spoons. Crappie are being caught in varying depths on minnows or soft plastics. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255;

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