Area fishing report: Spanish mackerel, blue marlin biting off of Buxton, Hatteras


Oregon Inlet

Private boats are catching yellowfin tuna using valley fishing rigs, shrimp, bloodworms, and squid bait inshore. Traces of speckled trout, mullet, drum and flounder are also starting to appear inshore.Outshore and in the gulf, a considerable amount of mahi and gaffers. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.


Spanish mackerel are coming into play in the waters. They are being hooked inshore using trolling spoons. Cobia are also inshore, getting caught on buck tail jigs and live bait. Offshore, a few anglers have been trolling the waters and catching a variety of fish including blackfin tuna, blue marlin, wahoo and a few dolphins. Contact: 252-995-5414, www.hatteras-island.com; offshore news, Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; or www.hatterasharbor.com.

Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet

Not too much going on in the waters. Boats are reeling in a few cobia off of the beach, and a few wahoo offshore are biting on ballyhoos. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Pier and surf anglers are reeling in large bluefish using cup bait and gotcha plugs. A few sea mullet and black drum are near the pier and surf area as well, biting on shrimp. Inshore reports of Spanish mackerel are reeling in on fishing spoons. Squid bait are hooking in black sea bass in the area. Offshore, king mackerel, speckled trout, redfin tuna and blackfin tuna are appearing while out, all biting on shrimp bait, ballyhoos and artificial bait. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach

Reports of both black drum and red drum are being reported, along with some flounder, trout, and bluefish by the docks biting on shrimp, and Gulp! bait. Out near the surf, sea bass, Virginia mullet, and mackerel are being caught with cup bait. King mackerel are in the area biting on wedgie rigs and cigar minnows. Traces of blackfin tuna are starting to appear out in the gulf, along with wahoo, blue marlin, and mahi biting ballyhoo. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Inshore anglers are catching flounder, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and trout that are biting on vudu shrimp, beer lures and gotcha plugs. Activity is slow outshore, with a few reports coming in of redfin tuna being caught. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.


Falls Lake

The water level has leveled out to normal, allowing fishing season to pick up in the area. Crappies are in between 10-12 feet of water, biting on minnows. Back closer to the shore, bass are biting on plastic worms, crank bait, and spinner baits in about 12 feet of water. White bass are being caught using blade bait and spinner bait in the main lake and in the channel. Popping up in the waters 10-20 feet out, a few catfish have been coming in, biting on dip bait. Water level: above normal 253.1, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.

Jordan Lake

Very little activity going on in the area. Small reports of minnows and crappies have been biting. Water level: above normal 226, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.

Kerr Lake

Reports of crappie, bass, stripier fish and blue catfish are coming in, biting on water plugs and rubber worms. The catfish are reeling in from all over the area, while crappies and striper fish have been reeled in from 8-15 feet of water. Water level: above normal 308.97, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.

Shearon Harris Lake

No report given. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.

(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)