Near shore, Spanish mackerel and blues are biting, while nice-sized puppy drum can be found inshore. Sea mullet, flounder and yellowfin fishing has been strong. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301; www.oregon-inlet.com.
Blues and Spanish mackerel fishing has been strong near shore, while speckled trout, gray trout, red drum and cobia are being caught inshore. Offshore, dolphin, yellowfin, blackfin and some tile fish have been biting. 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.
Trigger fish, mahi-mahi, wahoo and grouper are being hooked offshore. Inshore, cobia, flounder, Spanish mackerel and blues are been biting. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261; www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Dolphin and marlin fishing has been really good offshore. Ballyhoos and artificial lures have been effective. Inshore, Spanish mackerel and blues are biting, while puppy drum and flounder are being caught in the sound. Clarkspoons have been a popular bait choice. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Sea mullet, red drum, black drum, blues and Spanish mackerel can be found near the piers and in the surf. Offshore, mahi-mahi, grouper, snappers and some cobia are being caught, while sailfish, marlin and dolphin are being hooked in the stream. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887; www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Inshore, flounder, red drum, black drum and sheepshead are being caught with Carolina rigs. Near shore, cobia, Spanish mackerel and king mackerel have been biting. Mahi-mahi and wahoo can be located in the stream. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763; www.texstackle.com.
Spanish mackerel fishing has been steady, with gold Clarkspoons being a popular choice for bait. Black bass, king mackerel and dolphin are biting offshore, while trout, puppy drum and flounder are being hooked inshore. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Bass are biting at 15 feet and are being hooked with Carolina rigs. Crappie can be found at 8-12 feet and have been biting live minnows, while catfish are being caught near the bottom. Eels have been a popular bait choice. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.71, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085; www.wmi.org.
Bass and crappie are biting at 9-12 feet. Rattle traps, soft plastics and spinner baits have been successful. Catfish are biting near the bottom. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.70, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.
Bass, catfish and crappie are biting at depths of 10-15 feet and are being caught with cut bait and soft plastics. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday300.86, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Bass and crappie are biting at 9-12 feet. Rattle traps, soft plastics and spinner baits have been successful. Catfish are biting near the bottom. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101.
Shearon Harris Lake
Largmouth bass are biting anywhere from the bank to 20 feet and are being caught with crank bait. Crappie can be hooked around 10-20 feet and are biting minnows. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)