Better weather meant a good week. Offshore boats are getting yellowfin tuna, gaffer dolphin and catch-and-release sailfish. Near shore yielded bluefish, Spanish mackerel, amberjack and albacore. Inshore fishermen are getting speckled trout, catch-and-release striped bass and a few sharks. Boats in the sound brought home sea bass, grouper, cobia and sand perch. The docks took in mahi mahi and wahoo. Contact Oregon Inlet, 252-441-6301, on Facebook and www.oregon-inlet.com.
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You’ll find sea mullet in the beach areas at Buxton. Ramps 32 and 44 produced Spanish mackerel and bluefish. A 37-pound cobia was brought in from Ramp 55. Offshore boaters are catching blue marlin and gaffer dolphin. Trout, puppy drum and red drum being caught in the sound. Blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish dominated the week around Oden’s Dock, with some trigger fish and mahi mahi, too. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414 and on Facebook, plus www.reddrumtackle.com. Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; as well as Facebook. Additional information: www.hatteras-islandfishing.com and www.hatterasharbor.com.
Tough conditions at Ocracoke the past few days. Surf areas reported bluefish, trout and sea mullet. Flounder and pompano were further out before bad weather hit. Portsmouth saw good numbers of sea mullet, bluefish, pompano, big shark, flounder and puppy drum. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, also on Facebook, and www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261. Morris Marina’s Facebook page is called Portsmouth Island Fishing, and they’re on the Web at www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
You’ll find sailfish and mahi mahi in the Gulfstream. Closer in, bottom fishing is good for amberjack, cobia, trigger fish and black sea bass. Stable weather means plenty of flounder inshore. No report available from Portside Marina at Bogue Inlet. Check out EJW Outdoors on Facebook and www.ejwoutdoors.com for their latest reports. Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.portsidemarina.com. Additional information: www.ncoif.com
Pier and surf areas are seeing sea mullet, black drum, red drum, Spanish mackerel and pompano. At the sound, you’ll find sheepshead, red drum, black drum and flounder. Plenty of crabs in the area, too. Offshore you’ll find bluefish, Spanish mackerel, bonito, grouper and sea bass. Gulfstream waters are surrendering wahoo, blackfin tuna and mahi mahi. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, and on the Web: www.eastcoastsports.com.
There’s good cobia fishing from the beach, along with Spanish mackerel. Inshore are good numbers of red drum, black drum, flounder and sheepshead. Offshore are sailfish, mahi mahi and king mackerel. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763. They post weekly area fishing reports at www.texstackle.com. You;ll find them on Facebook at Tex’s Tackle and Bait.
The best fishing came from the surf and at the piers, with a variety including flounder, trout, red drum, small sharks, croakers and whiting. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221. Additional information: www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Deeper water continues to bring in lots of fish. Use crankbaits, worms and jigs to get largemouth bass. You’ll find crappie around deep brush piles and bridge pilings biting on live minnows. Catfish are chomping on stink bait and large minnows. All are at depths up to 20 feet. Water level: 251.85 Wednesday. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company. 919-847-1222; on Facebook, and at www.outhousetackle.com.
Good numbers of crappie continue at brush piles and deep creek channels. You’ll find catfish and largemouth bass throughout the area as well. Water level: 216.17 Wednesday. Contact: Sinclair’s Guide Services, 919-553-4547, on Facebook, and www.sinclairsguideservices.com; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011 and crosswindsboating.com.
Crappie seem to enjoy brush piles in the area. They’ve been plentiful the past few days. Largemouth bass have been reported. Water level: 301.70 Wednesday. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381 on Facebook and at; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
You can find crappie at depths up to 16 feet early in the morning and in the evening, up to 22 feet by midday. Largemouth bass are doing well on topwater baits. Catfish are in the area in droves. Use chicken livers and natural fish products to get them. White perch continue to bite at depths up to 25 feet as long as they’re not schooling. Contact: The Tackle Box Inc., 919-557-8255 and on Facebook.