Area fishing report

September 25, 2013 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Offshore boats brought in limits of yellowfin tuna along with dolphin, wahoo and billfish. Nearshore, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and triggerfish have been caught. Inshore anglers had success with puppy drum, flounder and scattered trout. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Offshore reports included yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish and bottomfish. Inshore, puppy drum, bluefish, Spanish and pompano have been caught. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.

Ocracoke/Portsmouth

On the beaches, puppy drum, cobia and bluefish are biting. In the inlets, citation red drum, flounder and speckled trout have been caught. Offshore, triggerfish, wahoo, dolphin, amberjacks and tuna have been reported. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Offshore, wahoo, scattered dolphin, white marlin and tuna are biting. Red drum and speckled trout are biting along with a few Spanish nearshore. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

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 being caught, along with a few king mackerel. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Pompano, red drum and black drum are reportedly biting on the beaches. Bluefish and Spanish have been caught off the piers. Offshore, king mackerel, wahoo, dolphin and sailfish are biting. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Off the piers and in the beaches, Spanish, spotfish and blues are biting. Flounder, whiting and croakers are biting for surf anglers, but are not very large. Wahoo have been caught offshore along with scattered king mackerel. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Fishing has been slow in the area, but crappie are still biting about 12 feet deep near brush piles on jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass are biting near eight to 15 feet of water on spinner baits and jigs. White bass have been caught on blade baits and shad. Catfish are biting on nightcrawlers and blood baits. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.18, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Kerr Lake

Largemouth bass are biting on deep-diving crankbaits at about 10 to 20 foot depths. Stripers are biting trolling bucktails. Crappie are biting on live minnows around structures and brush piles at deep depths. Catfish have been caught in the river channels using cut baits. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 298.69, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Shearon Harris Lake

Fishing in the area has been sporadic, with largemouth bass biting on soft plastics at varying depths. Crappie are also biting at varying depths with most anglers starting at the bridge with minnows. Catfish are biting near creek channels on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.

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

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