Despite offshore winds, charters are still returning with yellow fin tuna, wahoo and king mackerel. The in-shore charter boats are returning with puppy drum, speckled trout and a few red drum. However, not many boats are going out. 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 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 black fin tuna.. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Pier and surf anglers are catching decent amounts of sea mullet, bluefish, pufferfish, gray and speckled trout, puppy drum and a few spots. Drum, trout, sea mullet and flounder are biting in the sound. Offshore anglers are catching king mackerel, grouper and sea bass. Groups that journey out to the Gulf Stream are being met with mahi, wahoo and black fin tuna. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Surf and pier anglers are hauling in speckled trout, drum and flounder. Offshore trips are improving rapidly. Anglers have been reporting increasing catches of king mackerel on the small side coming on drone spoons, deep divers, and dead cigar minnows. Those venturing to the Gulf Stream have been rewarded with wahoo, blackfin tuna and some gaffer dolphin. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Offshore charters are catching gray snappers, vermillion snappers, grouper, amber jacks, plenty of almaco jacks, along with sharks, barracudas and triggerfish. Pier anglers are reporting extremely good fishing for speckled trout, flounder, red drum and black drum. 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 off of minnows in 10 to 25 feet of water. Bass fishing has been a bit odd, but you can find some biting on jerk-baits and spinner-baits in 15 to 25 feet of water. Water level: normal 251.77, Wednesday 253.3, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
Not much activity going on. However, crappie are biting well on minnow in about 15 feet of water. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.69, 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. You can find stripers in about 10 feet of water 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 297.76, 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/)