Despite offshore winds, charters are returning with yellowfin tuna, wahoo and king mackerel. In-shore charter boats are returning with puppy drum, speckled trout and a few red drum. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Anglers are hauling in huge amounts of puppy drum and speckled trout The bluefish bite is fading but is still prevalent for this time of year. A few speckled trout and black drum have also been caught 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 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 sea mullet, pufferfish, gray and speckled trout, puppy drum and a few lingering red drum. Red drum, trout, sea mullet and a few small flounder are biting in the sound. Offshore anglers are catching king mackerel, grouper and sea bass, and triggerfish. Groups that journey out to the Gulf Stream are being met with mahi, wahoo and blackfin tuna. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Surf and pier anglers are hauling in speckled trout, red drum and flounder. Offshore trips are reporting increasing catches of small king mackerel, in addition to the seasonal catch of snapper and sea bass. Those venturing to the Gulf Stream have caught wahoo, blackfin tuna and a few mahi mahi. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Offshore charters are catching gray snapper, vermillion snapper, grouper, amberjacks, Almaco jacks, sharks, barracudas and triggerfish. Pier anglers are hauling in speckled trout, flounder, red drum and black drum. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Anglers are continuing to enjoy a strong crappie bite around brush piles off of minnows in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bass fishing has been unstable, but some can be found biting on jerk-baits and spinner-baits in 8 to 15 feet of water. Water level: normal 251.77, Wednesday 251.56, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
Crappie are biting well on minnows in about 10-20 feet of water near the brush piles. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.47, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Crappie are extremely active, biting most often near brush piles in 10 to 20 feet of water. Stripers are being hauled up 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 or cutbait. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 297.54, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Crappie fishing has returned all around the lake with most fish biting in 18-24 feet of water on minnows near the brushpiles. Bass are being caught with topwater rattletraps in about 8 feet of water and catfish can be hauled up on nightcrawlers in the afternoon. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)