Up to 20 puppy drum reports have been coming in daily. These reports have come from the jetties and the point, with most catches coming on jig heads and grub tails. A few speckled trout and a flounder have also been caught on the south side of the point. 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
Speckled trout are biting in the sounds and creeks, as well as on the beaches. The puppy drum fishing is also good. Offshore, there are scattered wahoo and blackfin tuna. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Small speckled trout, red drum, black drum and sea mullet are biting along the surf. Flounder, drum and trout can also be caught on the sound side. Offshore reports are not available. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Small bluefish, toadfish and trout have been caught in the surf. King mackerel can be caught 25 miles out, while the best grouper fishing is 30-40 miles out. In the Gulf Stream, some wahoo and blackfin tuna are starting to hit the vertical jigs. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Trout have been caught on mirror lures, voodoo shrimp and gulp bait. A few whiting catches have also been reported. Offshore reports were not available. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
The crappie fishing is going well, with most fish biting on minnows and jigs in 12- to 18-foot depths. Some largemouth bass are biting on jigs and spoons at 25 feet. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 250.58, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Striped bass are biting in the major creeks on jigs and shad. Crappie can be caught on minnows and other live bait. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 297.35, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)