Area fishing report 07.03.14

From staff reportsJuly 2, 2014 


Oregon Inlet

Offshore, dolphin, white marlin and tuna are being hooked. Near shore, Spanish mackerel, trigger fish and blues are biting, while puppy drum can be found inshore. Blue marlin, white marlin and yellowfin fishing has been strong. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301,


Inshore, red drum and Spanish mackerel are biting, along with some cobia. Offshore, yellowfin, blackfin, dolphin, tuna, sailfish and wahoo are being caught. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414,; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555,; or


Red drum are showing up along the beach and are being caught with cut bait . Pompano, flounder, Spanish mackerel and blue fish are being caught off the beach. Inshore, cobia are biting, while offshore gaffer and dolphin are being hooked. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491,; Morris Marina 252-225-4261,

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Trout, drum and flounder can be located inshore, Spanish mackerel and blue fish are showing up near the beach. Offshore, dolphin fishing has been inconsistent. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678;

Topsail Island

Spanish mackerel, blue fish, sea mullet, flounder, red drum and black drum are biting near the piers and in the surf. On the sound side, flounder, red drum and pin fish are being caught. Offshore, mahi-mahi, grouper, snappers and some cobia are being hooked, while sailfish, marlin and dolphin are being caught in the stream. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887,

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Inshore, cobia, trout, f lounder, 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,

Southport/Sunset Beach

Flounder fishing has been strong , while Spanish mackerel fishing has been steady, with gold Clarkspoons being a popular choice for bait. Offshore, King mackerel and mahi-mahi fishing has been slow. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221;; or


Falls Lake

Bass are biting at 10-15 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 251.39, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle 919-217-0085;

Jordan Lake

Bass and crappie are biting at 9-12 feet with soft plastics and spinner. Catfish are biting near the bottom. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.16, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-362-5391.

Kerr Lake

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, Wednesday 300.68, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381;

Lake Wheeler

Bass and crappie are biting at 9-12 feet with soft plastics and spinner. 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;

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