A 77” bluefin was released off the Bi-Op-Sea with Captain Jesse Granitzki. Also, a few yellowfin fish were caught 35 miles into the Gulf Stream on ballyhoo. Sharks, ranging from 2-3 inches, were caught and released near Oregon Inlet. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
As of Saturday, plenty of blowtoads were found on Ramp 49 and 48. It is predicted that more freshwater drum and bluefish will show up. Late Tuesday, bunker were spotted. Just north of the jetties a 15-inch striper was caught and released Tuesday. There have been a few sea mullets showing up also. 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.
Puppy drum, black drum, and bluefish are scattered along the beach. This week is a slower week because of the cold temperatures. It is predicted that the next few weeks will bring more fish to the beach due to the higher temperature. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Sea mullet arrived in Beaufort Inlet and the Turning Basin. Good catches were reported early last week and have continued despite cool snap. Along with the sea mullet, blowfish and gray trout can be caught in the same areas using shrimp or Fishbites bloodworm alternative. The deeper water of the shipping channel is the place to start looking for schools of fish. Blowfish can be caught in big numbers off the local piers and along the beach, but a real hot spot is the rock jetty at the Cape and the Lookout Bight. It is time for the larger early-season bluefish to show up there, too. There have been speckled trout caught in the creeks off the Intracoastal along with some black drum and even an early flounder. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Bonito were caught offshore in good amounts despite how slow it has been lately. Sea mullets, pufferfish and dogfish were caught near the island, while red drum were caught in the Intracoastal Waterway. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Wahoo were caught in the Gulf Stream on skirted ballywho and high-speed lures. In a 30-40 mile radius from the beach, king mackerel, cobia, African pompano, triggerfish, b-liner and groupers were caught. Drone spoons and cigar minnows are bait used for catching king mackerel. Approximately 10-20 miles closer to the shore, false albacore and black sea bass were caught. Inshore, red drum and black drum were caught in the waterway along the docks and creeks. Also, speckled trout were caught inshore. Fresh or frozen shrimp are great to use as bait for sea mullets, pufferfish, red drum and black drum fish. From the pier, pufferfish and Virginia mullets were caught. Offshore fishing is always weather dependent. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Inshore and along the pier, whiting fish, pufferfish and gray trouts are being caught, while speckled trout were caught along the backwaters. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
On the lake, bass were found in shallow water. Some were moving toward the beds, and others were on the beds. Bass were hitting on spinnerbait, jitter bait, crankbait and wacky worm. Crappies can be found in water 6-8 feet deep, biting minnow. They will be moving into shallow water very soon. Catfish are biting cut bait, minnows and dip bait. Biting on blade bait, white bass were found up creek and in the river. Water level: 252.26, Wednesday. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
No report available. Water level: normal 216.53, Wednesday, March 23. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Crappies were caught on jigs. The bass were found in shallow creek. Stripers are now getting into the river, and catfish are moving in river too, biting on cut bait. Rising temperatures are predicted to bring more fish to the lake. Water level: 1030.30, Wednesday. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
In 20 feet of water, crappies were caught. Also, bass were caught in shallow water on spinnerbait and senko bait. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.