Offshore charters are still returning with black and yellow fin tuna and mahi mahi. The near-shore and in-shore charter boats continue to find success, returning with puppy drum, speckled trout, red drum, flounder, stripers, and even a few lingering king mackerel. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Anglers are still reporting a massive amount of red and puppy drum. The bluefish bite is beginning to fade away but is still prevalent for this time of year. 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 continued to hold steady across the area. Anglers have been catching black drum, spots, pompano, gray and speckled trout, puppy drum, false albacore and bluefish. Offshore groups are returning with lots of wahoo and blackfin tuna. 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 large numbers of sea mullet. Offshore fishing has started to decline, but boats are still coming home laden with grouper, king mackerel, sea bass and false albacore. Groups that journey out to the Gulf Stream are being met with large groups of blackfin tuna 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 hauls are beginning to dwindle, with only small catches of snapper, grouper and Spanish mackerel. Those venturing to the Gulf Stream are returning with just a few black and yellowfin tuna. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Offshore charters are catching good numbers of grouper, snapper, sea bass and king mackerel. 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 12 to 15 feet of water. The bass bite continues to strengthen off of Carolina rigs 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 251.9, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
No report given. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.9, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
The crappie are very active, biting most often near brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water. The bass and stripers have been grouping together in about 15 feet of water and have been biting on shallow-running crankbaits and Carolina rigs. The catfish bite has also returned throughout the lake, with most coming in the late afternoon on cut bait. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 298.1, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
No Report Given. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)