A good week at Oregon Inlet: Offshore in the Gulfstream, citation size mahi mahi (one catch was 64 pounds), yellowfin tuna, and blue marlin were hauled in – some over 500 pounds. Near shore you’ll see bluefish, Spanish mackerel and speckled trout. Oregon Inlet now has party boats available for groups up to 50 people. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
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Red Drum Tackle continues to see good numbers of cobia (68-pounder on Monday), red drum yearlings, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and pompano. Plus flounder and sea mullet out by the jetties. Despite poor weather, Oden’s Dock has seen trigger, dolphin and tuna. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, on Facebook, plus www.reddrumtackle.com. Additionally, check out www.hatteras-island.com; Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; on Facebook, or www.hatterasharbor.com.
On the beach at Ocracoke are sea mullet, bluefish, puppy drum, pompano, Spanish mackerel and black drum. In shore are bluefish, cobia, and great trout. Offshore saw some dolphin and wahoo. Portsmouth is seeing sea mullet, pompano, bluefish and puppy drum, especially in northern areas. 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
The weather hasn’t been great, but flounder have been in good numbers inshore at Cape Lookout. Trollers are finding Spanish mackerel and bluefish, with cobia in deeper waters. Bogue Inlet says Spanish mackerel are in such abundance, they’re jumping into the boats! Inshore you’ll see sea mullet and bluefish. Offshore is yielding mahi mahi and a few marlin. Check out EJW Outdoors on Facebook and www.ejwoutdoors.com for their latest reports. Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com, www.portsidemarina.com.
Bluefish, pompano, red drum and sea mullet are at the pier and in the surf. Inlet areas report bluefish, sheepshead, red drum, black drum and flounder. Offshore are Spanish mackerel, bonita, grouper and sea bass. Fishermen in the Gulfstream are catching wahoo, blackfin tuna and mahi mahi. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Inshore are good numbers of black drum, red drum and flounder. Surf areas are yielding black drum, bluefish, cobia and Spanish mackerel. Bottom fishers will find cobia and king mackerel. Gulfstream areas report sailfish, dolphin, and blackfin tuna. Go past 100 fathoms you might get a blue marlin. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Bluefish, flounder, king mackerel and Spanish mackerel are being caught off the piers and inshore. Red drum are being caught in the backwater areas during a rainy week. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
As fish start following their summer patterns, you’ll want to follow them to deeper water. Largemouth bass, crappie and catfish are now at depths up to 20 feet. Water level: 252.00 Wednesday. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
Poor conditions the past few days have kept most boaters off the water. Only some crappie at brush piles and main lake points at 12 to 14 feet deep. Water level: 216.60 Wednesday. Contact: Sinclair Guide Services, 919-553-4547, on Facebook, and www.sinclairguideservices.com; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011 and crosswindsboating.com.
Thanks to bad weather, only small numbers of crappie, striped bass, and trout reported. Water level: 300.98 Wednesday. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Crappie can be found at depths up to 10 feet in the morning and evening. They’ll go as deep as 16 feet by midday. Largemouth bass are around but not as much as last week, thanks to the weather. You’ll find catfish using natural chicken products as bait. Contact: The Tackle Box, 919-557-8255 and on Facebook.