Offshore brought lots of dolphin, tuna, sail fish and blue marlin. Near shore was dominated by bluefish. Inshore you’ll find striped bass, bluefish and speckled trout. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Red Drum Tackle has had good-sized sea mullet, sheepshead, pompano and red drum the past few days. Oden’s Dock reported dolphin in abundance, plus a few whitefish and catch-and-release sailfish. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, on Facebook, plus www.reddrumtackle.com. Additionally, check out www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, on Facebook, and www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.
Ocracoke has had a busy week. Bluefish just about everywhere. The surf is bringing in sea mullet, gray trout, puppy drum, flounder and pompano. The sound is yielding cobia. Trollers are finding plenty of Spanish mackerel. Bottom fishers will find gray trout. Portsmouth has plenty of big drum. One big drum came in 50 inches long, weighing 60 pounds. Flounder, trout and sea mullet also are in the area. 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
Cobia is the dominant fish near shore. Spanish mackerel, sea bass and bluefish also are in the area. Check out EJW Outdoors, 252-247-4725, on Facebook and www.ejwoutdoors.com for the latest reports. Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com, www.portsidemarina.com.
Black drum, pompano, red drum and sea mullet are at the pier and in the surf. Inlet areas report trout, sheepshead, red drum and flounder. Offshore are bluefish, bonito, grouper, sea bass and Spanish mackerel. Boats that reach the Gulfstream are taking home wahoo, blackfin tuna and mahi mahi. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Beach areas on out are seeing cobia, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, flounder and red drum. Offshore are blackfin tuna, dolphin, cobia, wahoo, black sea bass, snapper and grouper. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Trout, Spanish mackerel and cobia are being caught off the piers and inshore. Wahoo is the main fish offshore. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Warmer weather means fish are moving to deeper waters. Largemouth bass are at depths up to 15 feet. Crappie also in waters as deep as 17 feet. White bass are schooling. Water level: 251.70 Wednesday. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
Three days of rain kept things quiet, but the past day or so has seen plenty of catfish and crappie. Some crappie have been up to 14 inches long. Water level: 216.84 Wednesday. Contact: Sinclair’s Guide Services, 919-553-4547, on Facebook, and www.sinclairguideservices.com; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Water levels are high. Cooler weather has kept crappie in the area. Largemouth bass, stripers and catfish are being reported as well. Water level: 303.84.Wednesday. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Crappie can be found at depths of 12 to 15 feet using live minnow or jigs as bait. Largemouth bass are coming in on topwater and spinner bait at 6 to 10 feet. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255 and on Facebook-The Tackle Box, Inc.