Area fishing report

From staff reportsDecember 12, 2013 

Saltwater

Oregon Inlet

Over the weekend, some offshore boats caught wahoo and yellowfin tuna. Inshore and nearshore reports were not available. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.

Buxton/Hatteras

Puppy drum fishing is very good, especially with shrimp for bait. Reports of speckled trout and flounder were on the rise the past week. Only locals have been on the water since the shutdown of Bonner Bridge. 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

All reports were inshore. Those reports included puppy drum and trout, as well as a few sea mullet off the beach. Poor weather has discouraged most offshore fishing. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Several large speckled trout have been caught in the surf, mostly on mirror lures. Red drum and black drum reportedly are biting on cut bait in the creeks. Offshore reports were unavailable. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Striped bass and speckled trout are biting in the Brunswick and Cape Fear rivers. In the surf, some sea mullet and schools of puppy drum have been reported. Some scattered flounder and black drum have been caught inshore and in the waterway, while good fishing for false albacore and king mackerel has been 25 miles offshore. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Heavy winds created uncooperative conditions for most fishing boats. Those who have been out reported catches of trout and whiting. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.

Freshwater

Jordan Lake

Crappies have been caught in 5-foot depths with live minnows as bait. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.16, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

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

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