Southwesterly winds the past few days meant calm waters and happy fishermen. Blackfin and yellowfin tuna have come in. Large amounts of mahi mahi have appeared as far as 30 miles offshore. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
It has been a good week at the Point as red drum up to 40 inches long have been caught. Ramps 48, 49 and 55 have seen plenty of activity. Sea mullets, blow toads and citation-size (more than 2 pounds) pompano have come in. Oden’s Dock reported that boats will start going back out May 1. 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.
A 22-inch gray trout was caught in the surf Wednesday. Boaters were bringing in large amounts of red drum, sea mullet, and bluefish. The folks in Ocracoke hope bad weather won’t spoil this weekend’s tournament. Tuesday, a 42-inch red drum was shown off at Portsmouth. Red and black drum, bluefish, and sea mullet are expected in good numbers the rest of the week. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, also on Facebook, and www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Wind continues to be a problem at Cape Lookout. Only a few boats have gotten offshore the past few days. Those inshore have brought in gray trout, sea mullet, puppy drum and a few flounder. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725, www.ejwoutdoors.com; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com, www.portsidemarina.com.
Large numbers of flounder, red drum and speckled trout were reported in the backwater areas. If you fish off the piers or in the surf, be ready for some sea mullet and black drum. Bonito and wahoo were brought in from as far as 3 miles out. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
High winds kept most small boats off the water the past several days, but there’s still some action for bigger boats. Red and black drum have been reported on the Sound. Whiting and flounder are being caught in the surf. Offshore has seen Spanish mackerel and bonito. Grouper season is about to start. Gulfstream fishermen are taking home wahoo, blackfin tuna and an occasional dolphin. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
There are some bluefish being caught at the pier. Spanish mackerel and black bass are reported as far as 3 miles offshore. If you’re fishing in the creeks, expect to see some red drum. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
It all depends on how deep the water is at Falls Lake. Crappie are being reported in water up to 8 feet deep. They have been biting at minnows recently. Catfish are taking cut bait in water 10 feet deep. Depths as much as 12 feet mean you have a good chance at largemouth bass, especially if you’re using soft plastic baits. Go further out, you might bring home some white bass. Water level: 251.85 Wednesday. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
Crappie have dominated shallow waters the past several days. Water level: 216.51 Wednesday. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011
Spawning continues to bring plenty of fish, especially in shallow waters. Largemouth bass, crappie and catfish are being reported. Water level: 298.88 Wednesday. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
There’s largemouth bass activity, especially if you’re using soft plastic lures. Crappie are teeming in waters as deep as 10 feet. Spawing in the area should add to the amount of fish caught the next week or so. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.