Tile fish, mako and some dolphin are being caught offshore with cut bait. Near shore lots of bluefish, black tip shark and albacore can be located. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Pompano and sea mullet are biting near the beach and the pier, along with some Spanish mackerel. Shrimp and bunker bait have been popular choices. 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.
Big puppy drum and red drum, along with sea mullet are being caught at the north and south ends with fresh shrimp and cut bait. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle, 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina, 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Spanish mackerel and cobia have been biting near the beach, and big blues and red fish are flowing near the piers and are being hooked with Buck tails with grub. Contact: EJW Outdoors, 252-247-4725; Portside Marina, 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Sea mullet and blue fish are biting near the piers. Red drum and flounder are being caught in the sound, and pompano, mullet and Spanish mackerel are biting in the surf. Fresh shrimp bait has been working well. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle, 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Lots of small trout are being caught with fresh shrimp mostly from creek mouths and deeper marsh banks. There has still been plenty of red drum around the docks and creeks as well, while the top water fishing has been strong. Black drum are still being caught around pilings with shrimp and peeler crab as bait. Contact: Tex’s Tackle, 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Wahoo, yellowfin, blackfin and blue marlin can be found in the Gulfstream, and king mackerel, grouper and black sea bass are biting offshore. Near shore, king mackerel, bonito and bluefish are being caught with an assortment of baits. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle, 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Bass are beginning to move out and are being caught near Main Lake Point with Carolina rigs. Crappie can be found at depths of 8-10 feet and are being hooked with minnows, and catfish are being caught with eels. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 252.64, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle, 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Small crappie are biting around 4-5 feet down, and large-mouth bass can be located at a variety of depths. Soft plastics and spinner baits have been successful. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.32, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store, 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina, 919-362-5391.
Catfish fishing has been strong, and Bass and crappie are biting at depths of 2-10 feet and are being nabbed with soft plastics. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 300.77, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle, 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Small crappie are biting around 4-5 feet down, and large-mouth bass can be located at a variety of depths. Soft plastics and spinner baits have been successful. Contact: Wilsonville General Store, 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
Bass that are finished spawning can be located in the shallows and caught with spinner bait and Carolina rigs, and crappie are biting at 4-16 feet and are being hooked with soft plastics. Contact: The Tackle Box, 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)