Area fishing report

December 4, 2013 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Spotted tuna, wahoo and albacore are among the fish reportedly biting offshore over the weekend. Some sea bass and triggerfish were caught nearshore. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Offshore, puppy drum, black drum, sea mullet and trout were all caught on Sunday, as well as sharks and skates. At the point, drum have been consistently biting in the morning. 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.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Poor weather conditions have kept most boats docked this week. However, bluefish, speckled trout and a few Spanish mackarel have been caught in the inshore surf. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Nearshore, a few whiting, black drum and speckled trout were reeled in this week. Some wahoo and yellowfin have been caught offshore, while flounder and red drum are biting in the intercoastal waters. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Rough water has kept most boats from going out, but king mackarel have been biting in the 20-25 mile range. On the beach, trout fishing has been good in the surf and the waterway. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Some trout have been caught with mirror lures and gulp in the backwater by creeks. Whiting have also been biting on fresh shrimp. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Falls Lake

Largemouth bass fishing is a little slow, but some have been caught around the 10-12 foot depths with blade bait and spoons. The crappie are running 12-15 feet deep and biting on minnows. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 249.95, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.

Kerr Lake

Cold temperatures have kept most anglers away, but a few striped bass and crappies have been caught with live bait. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 297.00, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Shearon Harris Lake

The crappie fishing is good at 10-12 foot depths, mostly on minnows. Bass fishing is still a little off, but a few were caught on an Alabama rig. An eight-pound catch won a tournament on Sunday. 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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