Gulf Stream anglers continue to report lots of yellowfin and blackfin tuna, with just a few lingering mahi biting from time to time. Near-shore fishing is still dominated by bluefish and Spanish mackerel, but a few flounder and sea mullet continue to show up when the waters cool. Most bites are coming on cup bait and jigs. Inshore, black drum and speckled trout bites dominate in the morning and evening. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
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Anglers are reporting strong Spanish mackerel and bluefish bites around the point and are also reporting a fairly consistent sheepshead and drum bite along the surf. A fresh and consistent puppy drum and speckeled trout bite has brought the backwater to life with no signs of slowing down. Offshore, boats are reporting wahoo bites that have yielded several citation fish. 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 up and down the beach. The offshore bite is currently dominated by king mackerel, but a few sea bass and amberjack have been caught as well. The gulf stream has been producing grouper and mahi bites, along with some blackfin tuna. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
The pier and surf bite is predominantly Spanish mackerel and bluefish, but a few black and red drum are biting near the pier on plugs and casting spoons. Inshore fishing is light, with a few speckled trout and drum. Trips offshore and to the Gulf Stream are few and far between, but a few catches of sea bass, king mackerel, grouper and mahi have been reported from those making the trip. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Crappie have moved to deeper waters around brush piles and are biting on jigs and minnows in about 15 feet of water. Brim has faded away around the edges of the lake with only a few reports of smaller fish coming in. The best time to fish for bass is in the evenings using Carolina rigs in 10-15 feet of water. Water level: 215.11, normal 216, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Largemouth and white bass are biting on deep-running crank baits and Carolina rigs near rocks and ledges, mostly in the evenings. Crappie and striper are on the brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water, and catfish have been biting on night crawlers in 20 feet of water. Water level: 299.09, 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/)