Fishing has slowed in the area. Both yellow and blackfin tuna remain offshore, along with a few wahoo. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
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No report given. 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
The big news in the area has been large amounts of trout and bluefin tuna. Anglers are bringing them in using sand fleas. The flounder have moved out of the area, but a few Sheepsheads are lurking. The sheeps are hooking on sand fleas as they continue to move further offshore. Out in the sound, a few spots remain. Meanwhile, anywhere near and offshore, king mackerel, flounder and a few small trout are lurking in the waters. Other fish such as triggerfish, snapper, albacore and wahoo are being reeled in as well, offshore and in the Gulf. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
With the cold front moving in, more fish are expected to move in as well. The pier and surf bite is still going strong in the area. A few puppy drum, Virginia mullet, trout and spot are biting. They are getting hooked using sand fleas, shrimp and bloodworms. Inshore, a few speckled trout have been pulled up on shrimp, bloodworms and plastic grubs. The offshore and Gulf fishing still remains very active, with many boats returning with reports of black sea bass, grouper, king mackerel, bluefin tuna and wahoo. They are being caught on pirate plugs and live baits. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
The area continues to be slow for bass fishing. They are scattered around the back of the creek, biting on spinner bait. Crappie fishing remains well in 8 to 15 feet of water, biting on minnows. Anglers are catching larger crappie in deeper waters, 22 to 25 feet. Locating the white bass takes a little more patience; they are being caught in the northern part of the lake, biting on blade bait and small spoons. Catfish are being reeled in, in 15 to 25 feet of water, on night crawlers and dip bait. Fish should be repositioning soon within the lake. Water level: 248.97, normal 251.5, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
The lake is experiencing low water levels, but crappie are running near the lake edges and brush in about 10 feet of water and are biting on minnows. Water level: 208.50, low 216, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Fishing has been pretty decent. Striped bass have been biting on cut bait at the upper end of the lake and near the Clarkfield bridge. Crappie have been doing well near brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water. Anglers are reeling them in on jigs and minnows. Other bass have been lured in all over the lake, biting on primarily on spinner baits. Water level: 294.77, 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/)