No Report Given. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
A strong and consistent Spanish mackerel and bluefish bite continues to surge near the point and near Shelly Island. The puppy drum and speckled trout are once again biting well in the backwater, hitting hooks baited with pinfish and minnows. 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 remains slow due to turbulent waters. The backwater bite is still still the strongest and most consistent available and consists of mostly black drum and bluefish, while the surf is still producing very few Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Pompano and sea mullet have been hardly biting at all and are nibbling at bait in the evening. The offshore bite is almost non-existent, but a few king mackerel 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 is still very inconsistent. Only a few bluefish and black drum bites have been reported during the day, and only a handful of sea mullet bites at night. Inshore fishing remains light, with a few speckled trout and drum biting on minnows and small 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 are still being reported from those making the trip. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Fishing is still slow for the majority of the lake. The few bass that have been caught were still in 10-15 feet of water, and bit on soft plastic Carolina rigs. The crappie have been the most consistent bite in the lake and are near brush piles biting on minnows. The catfish have been slow, with only a pair of fish coming up from about 15-20 down on cut bait. The white bass have trickled off, but are still forming small schools in the mornings near the creeks. Water level: 251.28, normal 251.5, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
No Report Given. Water level: 214.73, normal 216, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Largemouth and white bass are biting on Carolina rigs near rocks and brush, mostly in the evenings. Crappie and striper are on the brush in about 20 feet of water, but are biting infrequently. The catfish have been biting on night crawlers in 20 feet of water. Water level: 298.87, 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/)