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.
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Anglers are reporting a strong Spanish mackerel and bluefish bite around ramp 55. The mackerel bite remains good around the newly formed Shelly Island, and a sea mullet bite has begun to take hold. A fairly consistent puppy drum and sea mullet bite has been present along the surf this past week and a few pompano have been popping up here and there. 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 cooler and clearer waters. The backwater bite features a lot of black drum and bluefish, while the surf is producing Spanish mackerel and bluefish on Gotcha plugs. Pompano and sea mullet have also been biting a fair bit up and down the beach. 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 is primarily Spanish mackerel and bluefish, but a few black and red drum are biting near the pier on plugs and casting spoons. Sea Mullet and flounder have been caught near structures and shelves. Inshore fishing only features a light bite from a few speckled trout and drum. Trips offshore and to the Gulf Stream have still been infrequent, but a few catches of sea bass, false albacore, king mackerel, grouper, tilefish and a few mahi have been reported from those making the trip. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
The crappie bite is still steady in 3 to 10 feet of water using minnows. The brim bite is weakening, but is still best near the edges of the lake on crickets. The best time to fish for bass is in the evenings using Carolina rigs in 12 feet of water. Water level: 215.64, 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 crank baits and Carolina rigs 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: 299.43, normal 302, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)