A good week of fishing at Oregon Inlet. Offshore brought in mahi mahi, dolphin, yellowfin tuna and catch and release sailfish. Inshore are large amounts of speckled trout, flounder and black sea bass. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Red drum, bluefish, flounder and sea mullet were reported at the Point. Blow toads, cobia and gray trout are inshore. Oden’s Dock has been busy. Offshhore are blue and white marlin, white tuna, sailfish, dolphin and blackfin tuna. Bottom fishing is yielding trigger fish and sea bass. Inshore are Spanish mackerel and cobia. 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.
Highlight of the week at Ocracoke: A 71-pound cobia. Also, puppy drum on the beach. Bluefish and sea mullet in the surf and the Sound. Trollers have caught Spanish mackel. Sheepshead have been caught using shrimp as bait. Portsmouth has plenty of black drum, red drum, puppy drum, bluefish and sea mullet along the north and south points. 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
Cape Lookout reports the best start to dolphin season in several years. You’ll also see wahoo, bluefish, blackfish and bonita offshore with flounder at the beach. At Bogue Inlet, large amounts of mahi mahi, as well as king mackerel offshore. Near coastal areas are bringing in wahoo, flounder and sea bass. Inshore are sea mullet and small trout. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725, on Facebook and www.ejwoutdoors.com; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com, www.portsidemarina.com.
Black drum, sea mullet, bluefish, pompano and Spanish mackerel are at the pier and in the surf. The sound is bringing in sheepshead, gray trout, bluefish, blue crabs and flounder. Offshore are bonito, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and sea bass. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Inshore you’ll catch red and black drum and bluefish. Surf areas report red drum, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and Virginia mullet. Offshore is yielding king mackerel, cobia, bluefish, cobia, wahoo and mahi mahi. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Bluefish, flounder, trout and Spanish mackerel are being caught off the pier. Mahi mahi are coming in at the sound. Spanish mackerel reported in beach areas and a few sharks biting offshore. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; Yeah Right Charters on Facebook, or www.oifishingcenter.com.
The fish have moved to deeper waters. Plenty of largemouth bass biting on jigs and plastic lures. Using live minnow will grab you some crappie. Catfish are reported in good numbers. Water level: 252.59 Wednesday. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
Water levels have risen 4 to 5 feet above normal the past few days, bringing in good numbers of catfish and crappie. You’ll get your best crappie in 10 to 12 feet of water with long-line trolling.Water level: 220.35 Wednesday. Contact: Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011. Sinclair’s Guide Service, 919-553-4547, on Facebook, and www.sinclairsguideservice.com.
Wind and rain have kept many boaters off the water. But crappie, largemouth bass and a few catfish are in the area, mostly in shallow and muddy waters. Water level: 307.60 Wednesday. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Good numbers of largemouth bass at the Point and on top water, especially at 8 to 10 feet deep. Stringers are bringing in bass at combined weights above 25 pounds. Crappie are biting at depths of 10 to 12 feet. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.