Bluefin, yellow fin and big eye are being caught offshore. Inshore fishing has been slow. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Tuna can be found 20 miles outside of the Hatteras Inlet and are being caught with ballyhoos and butterfly jigs. Red drum is biting near the beach. 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.
On warm days puppy drum can be hooked near the beach with cut bait or artificial bait. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Strong wind has severly limited area fishing. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
High volumes of red drum can be found on the shoals and inside the mouths of the creeks and can be caught with savage shrimp. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Black sea bass can be located about 40-60 miles off shore and are being caught with squid. African Pompano can be found 55-60 miles off shore in the gulfstream and are being caught with butterfly jigs. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Puffer fish are beginning to appear near the piers and can be hooked with shrimp bait, while red drum is available inshore. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Bass fishing has picked up of late and can be caught at depths of up to five feet with spinner bait, while crappie are biting biting minnows five feet-down. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.03, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
High waters continue to slow down fishing, but crappie can be hooked at depths of 18-20 feet with minnows. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.10, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Crappie are being hooked at depths of 15 feet with different jig heads as bait, while catfish can be located further down and caught with cut schad. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 301.64, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
High waters continue to slow down fishing, but crappie can be hooked at depths of 18-20 feet with minnows Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
Around Jordan and Harris Lake crappie are biting at depths of 15 feet and can be caught with minnows. Bass are slowing starting to move up. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)