Offshore charters are returning with yellow and black-fin tuna. The near-shore and in-shore charter boats continue to have terrific results, returning with puppy drum, speckled trout, red drum, flounder, stripers, and a few Spanish and king mackerel. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
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Anglers are still hauling in citation sized red and puppy drum. The bluefish bite is still dependable all the way down the shoreline. A few speckled trout, black drum, and flounder 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 continue to find success, pulling up large sea mullet and citation sized red drum. Offshore fishing has reached its fall peak, with boats returning laden with grouper, king mackerel, sea bass and grunts. Groups running out to the Gulf Stream and back are returning with good catches of black and yellow-fin tuna. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Red and black drum continue to make up the backwater fishing experience with very few speckled trout still hanging round. 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 king mackerel. Those venturing to the Gulf Stream are still reaping success out of large groups of sea bass, snapper, and a few school of black-fin tuna. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Offshore charters catching good numbers of red drum, snapper, grouper and a few trailing Spanish Mackerel. Pier anglers are also reporting a strong red drum bite, accompanied by bluefish and a few flounder. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
No report given. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.1, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
No report given. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 298.3, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Fishing is going well with lots of crappie being caught on 12 foot brush piles on regular live minnows. Bass are doing much better as well, thanks to the cooler waters, most of the 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/)