Bluefin tuna consistently continue to be caught. They are coming in between 60-80 inches and up to 188 pounds. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Puppy drum are being reeled in the jetties, while blowtoads, dogsharks, and puppy drum are the catch on the point. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.
Bluefish are being caught with great success, while drum up to 50 inches are caught on mullet, as well as some slot limit puppy drum. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Because of the nice weather recently, fishing has picked up and continued to be great. Speckled trout and black drum are being caught in the creeks on the Intracoastal Waterway. Redfish are found in oyster bars and steep banks in the White Oak and New rivers. Sea mullets and blowfish are a potential catch in the surf zone. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Sea mullet, puffers, speckled trout, and black drum are the main catch in numbers, with some other varieties being reeled in inconsistently. No offshore or Gulf Stream report given. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Red and black drum are reported catch. Some striped bass are being reeled in on the river, while some black sea bass are caught offshore. Some blackfin tuna are the catch in the Gulf Stream. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Some whitings and black drum are being caught, as well as some wahoos offshore and some trout in the backwaters. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
The water has been very muddy, so crappies have been biting on minnows a bit slower than usual. Crappies have been caught in waters up to 8 feet deep. Bass are hitting jigs, squarebill crankbait, chatter bait, and spinner bait. White bass have been migrating in schools back down the river and are caught with minnows and rattle traps. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 253.25, full pool 264.8. Contact: Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
Reports of a variety of fish being caught in waters up to 6 feet deep. Nothing specific in number. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 217.24, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Crappies are being caught in the creek on minnows and jig bait, while stripers are being caught on chatter bait and spinner bait. Catfish are being caught on the upper end of the lake as well. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.69, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.