Private boats are catching yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, blue marlin and white marlin using ballyhoos. Traces of cobia, shark and flounder are also starting to appear inshore, while closer to the shore, Spanish mackerel and bluefish are being captured using shrimp, bloodworms and squid bait. Outshore and in the gulf, a considerable amount of mahi-mahi, wahoo, and a few albacore are making an appearance. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
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Big drum fish being caught at the point and near the shore, biting on shrimp and bloodworms. The bluefish are biting on metal jigs and cup bait. Cobia are starting to pop up also inshore, getting hooked on buck tail jigs and other jigs. Contact: 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
No report given. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Pier and surf anglers are reeling in Spanish mackerel, black drum, sea mullet and some very large bluefish using shrimp and mullet bait. Inshore reports of speckled trout, red drum, black drum and flounder are being caught using plastic lures, cup bait, mud minnows and beer lures. Offshore, bonito, sea bass and albacore are appearing while out, all biting on ballyhoos and artificial bait. Out in the gulf, wahoo and mahi-mahi are popular. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Reports of both black drum and red drum are being reported, along with some flounder, trout and bluefish by the docks biting on shrimp and Gulp bait. Out near the surf, sea bass, Virginia mullet and mackerel are being caught with cup bait. King mackerel are in the area biting on wedgie rigs and cigar minnows. Traces of blackfin tuna are starting to appear out in the gulf, along with wahoo biting on live bait. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Inshore anglers are catching whitings and blue fish that are biting on shrimp. Also inshore, a few trout are biting on beer lures. At the pier, Spanish mackerel and kingfish are actively getting hooked on shrimp bait, bloodworms and squid bait. A few flounder are being reeled in near the surf on primarily shrimp bait. Activity is rather slow outshore, with a few reports coming in of sea bass being caught, biting on squid. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Crappies are in between 10-12 feet of water, biting on minnows. Back closer to the shore, bass are biting on plastic worms, crank bait and spinner baits in about 12 feet of water, typically in the top-waters early in the morning. White bass are being caught using blade bait and spinner bait in the main lake and in the channel. Popping up in the waters 10-20 feet out, a few catfish have been coming in, biting on dip bait, night crawlers and small minnows. Water level: above normal 253.1, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
Very little activity going on in the area. Small reports of minnows and crappies have been biting. Water level: above normal 226, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Reports of crappie, bass, striper and blue catfish are coming in, biting on water plugs and rubber worms. The catfish are reeling in from all over the area, while crappies and striper fish have been reeled in from 8-15 feet of water. Water level: above normal 308.97, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Out at about 12-14 feet of water, anglers are catching crappie biting on shrimp, bloodworms and cup bait. Anglers are also reeling in bass in the top-waters early in the day on artificial bait and spinner bait. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)