Inshore anglers have pulled in good numbers of speckled trout, sea mullet, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and early flounder. Near-shore anglers are reporting plenty of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, sea mullet, and even the surprising small king mackerel. Deep-sea expeditions have been returning loaded with mahi mahi, blackfin tuna, vermillion snappers, and a pair of swordfish that were caught and released. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Speckled trout fishing in the sound is fruitful once again and the Spanish mackerel bite along the surf has returned. Joining the Spanish are a few red drum, cobia, flounder and bluefish. 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
Shore and pier anglers are catching large Spanish mackerel, good-sized bluefish, sea mullet, and a few flounder. The backwater fishing is still in a swing stage as the mass flow of sea mullet, on their way out to the surf, is mixing with the seasonal red drum and trout. Offshore trips have been yielding the usual catches of Spanish mackerel and snapper, but the king mackerel and cobia bite is starting to come to life. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Shore and pier anglers are catching sea mullet, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, flounder, and a few red drum. Soundside anglers have been reeling in good catches of red drum, flounder and the occasional speckled trout biting the hook as well. Offshore fishing remains steady for the season with many boats returning with limit catches of grouper, snapper, king mackerel, and even a few mahi for the boats that venture further out. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Backwater fishing trips continue to yield huge amounts of red and black drum with some speckled trout in the area as well. Surf and pier anglers continue to haul in bluefish, Spanish mackerel, red drum, sea mullet and early fall flounder. Offshore boats continue to return with snapper, grouper, and Spanish mackerel. Those venturing to the Gulf Stream have been rewarded with big hauls of sea bass, snapper, blackfin tuna and a couple of trophy swordfish. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Fishing remains about normal for this time of year, with boats coming back with good catches of black bass, silver and gray snapper, vermillion snappers, Spanish mackerel and a few very large king mackerel. Shore-side anglers continue to report a strong bluefish bite accompanied by a few Spanish mackerel, sea mullet, and a few cobia that are hooking up as well. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
The bass fishing is still slow all around the lake, but the crappie and catfish have been much more active. The crappie have been hanging out in deep brush piles and biting on live minnows, while the catfish have chosen to remain way down in the cooler depths of the lake, biting mainly on night-crawlers and cut bait. The few bass that have been reeled in have been caught in the early morning on top-water baits and soft plastics. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.1, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
No Report Given. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 214.7, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
The bass have been biting soft plastics on the topwater and the crappie have been biting minnows near deep brush piles. The catfish have returned to the lake and are most active at night biting on cut bait and nightcrawlers in the deeper waters. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 298.3, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
The catfish have returned to the lake in good numbers, biting in deeper waters and brush piles on night-crawlers and cut bait. Elsewhere in the lake, bass are being caught on top water on soft plastics and Carolina rigs. The crappie fishing has also picked up, with most fish being hauled up on minnows in about 16 feet of water.. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
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