Offshore charters are still returning with yellow fin tuna and mahi mahi. The near-shore and in-shore charter boats continue to have 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.
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Anglers are still reporting a massive amount of red and puppy drum. The bluefish bite is still dependable all the way down the shoreline and in the sound area. A few speckled trout and black drum have also been caught back in the sound. 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 still catching decent amounts of bluefish, red drum and flounder but have been doing well hauling in huge numbers of king mackerel and sea mullet. Offshore fishing has reached its fall peak, with boats returning laden with grouper, Spanish mackerel, sea bass and cobia. Groups that journey out to the Gulf Stream are still being met with large groups mahi and wahoo. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Red and black drum continue to make up the backwater fishing with only a few speckled trout around. Surf and pier anglers continue to haul in bluefish, red drum, sea mullet and flounder. Offshore trips are at a seasonal peak, with great 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.
Offshore charters are still catching good numbers of Spanish mackerel, vermillion snapper, grouper and amberjack. Pier anglers are reporting a strong red drum and bluefish bite with a few flounder in the mix. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Many anglers are continuing to enjoy a strong crappie bite around brush piles in 15 to 25 feet of water. The bass bite has finally returned, with the best fishing coming off of Spinner-baits and shaky heads in 10 to 15 feet of water. The catfish are also starting to ramp back up, biting on cut-bait and minnows around the points of the lake. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 253.3, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
No report given. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.3, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
The crappie are still extremely active, biting most often near brush piles in 10 to 20 feet of water. The bass and stripers have been grouping together in about 10 feet of water and have been biting on shallow-running crankbaits and soft plastics. The catfish bite has also returned throughout the lake, with most coming in the late afternoon on night crawlers. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 298.7, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Water levels are high. 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/)