Offshore charters continue to find success with abundant numbers of yellow fin tuna and mahi mahi. The near-shore and in-shore charter boats also have also had terrific results, returning with puppy drum, speckled trout, red drum, flounder, stripers, and even a few lingering Spanish mackerel. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
The fish have been very active after the storm. Anglers are reporting a massive amount of red and puppy drum. The bluefish bite is also back all the way down the shoreline and in the sound area. 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
Pier fishing has seen a boom in bites of all kinds. Anglers have been catching black drum, spots, pompano, gray and speckled trout, puppy drum, Spanish mackerel, false albacore and bluefish. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Pier anglers are reporting lots of bluefish, red drum, flounder, king mackerel and sea mullet. Offshore groups have been returning with average hauls of grouper, Spanish mackerel, sea bass, and cobia. Groups that have journeyed all the way to the Gulf Stream have been rewarded with boatloads of mahi and wahoo. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Backwater fishing continues to be more red and black drum and less speckled trout. Surf and pier anglers continue to haul in bluefish, Spanish mackerel, red drum, sea mullet and flounder. Offshore trips have come back to life with many boats returning with decent catches of snapper, grouper and Spanish mackerel. Those venturing to the Gulf Stream have been rewarded with big hauls of sea bass and snapper and a surprise catch of wahoo. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Fishing has finally returned to normal across the area and boats have been able to head back out. Offshore groups have been catching good numbers of Spanish mackerel, vermillion snapper, grouper and amberjack. Pier anglers are reporting a strong sea mullet and bluefish bite with a few flounder thrown into the cooler as well. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Water is almost back to normal levels and all fishing areas have reopened. Many anglers are reporting a strong crappie bite around brushpiles in about 18 to 25 feet of water. The bass bite has not returned to the lake yet, but the catfish are starting to ramp back up, biting on cutbait and minnows. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 256.9, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
No report given. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 217, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
The water is almost back to normal levels around the lake. Crappie are being hauled up on minnows in about 8 to 20 feet of water near brushpiles. The bass and stripers have been grouping up together in about 10 feet of water and have both been biting on Alabama rigs and soft plastics. Catfish have also returned to the lake and are biting on running cutbait in the deeper waters. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 300, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Water levels are extremely high after the hurricane. Fishing is going well, however, with lots of crappie being caught in the submerged brush piles on regular live minnows. Bass are doing much better as well, thanks to the cooler waters. Most of the bass bite is coming off of the topwater on soft plastic worms. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)