Gulf Stream anglers are still hauling in yellowfin and blackfin tuna, with just a few lingering mahi biting from time to time. Near-shore fishing still features a good bluefish and Spanish mackerel bite, but a few flounder and sea mullet have been biting as well. Inshore, the bite has faded, but a few black drum and speckled trout bites have been coming in the morning and evening. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
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A strong and consistent Spanish mackerel and bluefish bite has been reported around the point and near Shelly Island. There has also been a sheepshead and drum bite along the surf. The puppy drum and speckled trout continue to bite in the back water, but the bite has dwindled in the last week. Offshore, boats are still reporting wahoo bites, but only a few 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 slowed due to cooler and dirtier waters coming from recent rains. The backwater bite is still mostly black drum and bluefish, while the surf is producing just a few Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Pompano and sea mullet have not been biting as consistently on the surf. The offshore bite is currently dominated by king mackerel, but a few sea bass have caught the hook as well. The Gulf Stream is still 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 has almost completely dried up, with just a few bluefish and black drum biting during the day, and only a handful of sea mullet biting at night. Inshore fishing remains light, with a few speckled trout and drum biting on minnows and pinfish. 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.
Fishing has been slow all around the lake. The few bass that have been caught were in 10-15 feet of water, biting on soft plastics and jigs. The crappie have been around the same depth near brush piles, biting on minnows. The catfish have been slow, with only a few fish coming in 15-20 feet of water on cut bait. The exception to the rule has been the white bass that have been schooling regularly in the mornings and are biting on spoons and crankbaits. Water level: 251.31, normal 251.5, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
Crappie are still in deeper waters around brush piles and are biting on jigs and minnows in about 15 feet of water. The bass are biting in the evenings using Carolina rigs in 10-15 feet of water. Water level: 215.04, normal 216, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Largemouth and white bass are biting on 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: 299.02, 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/)