Gulf stream anglers are catching yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna and mahi. The shore fishing bite consists mainly of bluefish and sea mullet, but a few flounder and Spanish mackerel show up. Most bites are coming on cup bait and jigs. Inshore, a strong black drum and speckled trout bite has set in. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Anglers are reporting a strong Spanish mackerel and bluefish bite around the point. The mackerel bite remains good around the newly formed Shelley Island, but the nearby waters remain hazardous. A fairly consistent puppy drum and sea mullet bite has been present along the surf this past week, a few pompano have been popping up here and there as well. The sound-side fishing remains steady. Many speckled trout, puppy drum and a few nice-sized flounder have been caught in the last week. 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
Fishing has picked up around the area with warm seasonal waters. The backwater bite features a lot of black drum and bluefish, while the surf is producing Spanish mackerel and bluefish. The offshore bite is currently dominated by Spanish and king mackerel, but a few false albacore, sea bass, bonito and amberjack have been caught. The gulf stream has been producing nice grouper and mahi bites, along with a little bit of blackfin tuna. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
The pier and surf bite has maintained a seasonal pattern. The Spanish mackerel and black drum are still biting near the pier on plugs and casting spoons. Bluefish, sea mullet, red drum and a few flounder have also been caught both on the pier and up and down the surf. Inshore fishing remains quiet, with just a light bite from a few speckled trout and drum throughout the day, with the flounder still biting occasionally in the evenings. Trips offshore and to the Gulf Stream have been few and far between in the past week, but a few really nice catches of sea bass, albacore, king mackerel, grouper and a few mahi have been reported from those making the trip. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Bass fishing remains steady, especially in the mornings and evenings. The fish can be found in 10 to 15 feet of water near ledges and brush, biting on Carolina rigs and shallow-running crank baits. The white bass are still schooling and biting on small spoons just outside of the creek mouths. Catfish activity remains steady, with bites reported on night crawlers and dip bait in anywhere from 15 to 25 feet of water. The crappie bite is steady once again, the fish are still on brush piles and ledges, biting jigs and minnows in about 17 feet of water. Water level: 251.35, normal 251.5, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
The crappie bite is still steady in 3 to 10 feet of water using minnows. The brim bite is still strong near the edges of the lake on crickets. The best time to fish for bass is in the morning and the evenings using Carolina rigs in about 15 feet of water. Water level: 216.08, normal 216, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
The largemouth and white bass are biting on plastics and crank baits near brush piles and ledges, mostly in the evenings. The crappie and striper bite is still on the brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water, and the catfish have been biting on dip bait and night crawlers in 20 feet of water. Water level: 299.78, normal 302, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
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