Fishing remains bountiful all around the area despite the heat. Shore and Near-Shore fishing groups are reporting large schools of Spanish mackerel and bluefish, with the occasional flounder and even the rare cobia jumping on the hook as well. Off-shore boats continue to return with coolers full of snapper and large mahi, king mackerel, and amberjacks hanging from their masts. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Fishing remains at the normal late summer tempo for the area with many reports of Spanish mackerel and bluefish around the point, sea mullet and the occasional pompano biting the lines of the surf anglers, and the occasional large black tip shark spotted mingling between the point and the beaches. 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.
The fishing remains pretty constant as the main bites continue to come from Spanish mackerel and bluefish, but the amberjack bite is mysteriously coming back strong late in the summer. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
The backwater marshes are yielding large flounder, speckled trout and a few decent-sized drum. Sea-side anglers are catching plenty of Spanish mackerel and bluefish while the offshore parties continue to bring home king mackerel and mahi. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Pier and surf anglers report large amounts of bluefish, sea mullet, Spanish mackerel and drum while their sound-side counterparts are hauling up mostly bluefish and a few good-sized flounder. Offshore excursions are returning with good amounts of sea bass, large mackerel and a few good-sized snapper. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Fishing around the area is beginning to ramp back up with the resurgence of Spanish mackerel and bluefish around the area. Backwater anglers continue to catch a good numbers of drum, both red and black, and the occasional speckled trout. Offshore charters continue to haul in a few big king mackerel and mahi, which spice up their trustworthy snapper haul. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Fishing continues to flourish in the area with groups coming home decorated with limit amounts of scamp grouper, red grouper, strawberry grouper, black sea bass, jolthead porgys, gray snappers, vermillion snappers, rainbow runners, sharks, amber jacks, barracudas and even the occasional mahi mahi. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Fishing remains slow due to the heat but the few anglers that have beaten the heat have hauled up decent-sized crappie on live minnows, mainly in 15 to 25 feet of water. Bass fishing is the slowest it has ever been as only a few fish are caught in extremely deep water early in the day. Water level: normal 251.5, Wednesday 251.6, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
None given. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 216.1, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Most of the fishing has been pushed to the deeper waters due to the heat. Bass are being caught in the 15- to 30-foot range on soft plastic baits while crappie are being caught around brush in about 12 to 20 feet of water on minnows. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 300.5, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Fishing has been spotty due to the heat. Most of the bites come early in the morning or late in the evening, and originate mostly from the mouths of crappie in search of the minnow meals in between 15 and 30 feet of water. The bass in the lake have been extremely scarce and are nibbling only in the morning. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/.)