Area fishing report: Spanish mackerel, bluefish and sea mullet hitting hard on the surf


Oregon Inlet

Private boats are catching yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, blue marlin and white marlin using live bait. Shore fishing has stayed in its seasonal pattern with many reports of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, sea mullet and a few red drum biting on cupbait and jigs. Traces of flounder are also starting to appear inshore, alongside the black drum and speckled trout. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.


The bluefish and Spanish mackerel are biting well on metal jigs and cup bait. The cobia bite has really picked up, with most fish getting hooked on buck tail jigs and other jigs. The sea mullet catch is up as well, especially around the point. 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

Pier and surf anglers have had a lot of action this week, catching large amounts of Spanish mackerel, bluefish and cobia. Most of the bites are coming on minnows, live bait or any kind of trawling jig. Beyond the coast, boating groups are reporting steady catches of king mackerel, cobia, albacore and a few sea bass. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.

Topsail Island

Pier and surf anglers continue to pull in good amounts of Spanish mackerel, black drum, sea mullet and bluefish using shrimp, jigs and plugs. Inshore reports of speckled trout, red drum, black drum and flounder remain steady, with most fish biting on plastic lures, cup bait, mud minnows and beer lures. Offshore, bonito, sea bass, king mackerel and albocores are appearing while out, all biting on artificial bait. Boats making it to the Gulf Stream are returning with sizable catches of yellowfin tuna and a few wahoo. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.

Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

Reports of black drum and red drum remain steady, along with a strengthening flounder, trout and bluefish bite near the docks. Most fish are biting on shrimp and Gulp bait. On the surf, sea bass, Virginia mullet and mackerel are being pulled in with cup bait and jigs. King mackerel are in the area biting on wedgie rigs and cigar minnows. Traces of yellowfin tuna are starting to appear out in the gulf, along with wahoo biting on live bait. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.

Southport/Sunset Beach

Fishing has slowed a bit due to a steady pattern of rain. Inshore anglers are still catching whitings, Atlantic croaker speckled trout and bluefish that are biting on shrimp. On the pier, Spanish mackerel and kingfish are getting pulled up on cup bait and jigs. A few flounder have been caught on the surf, primarily shrimp bait. Activity is still light offshore, but a few reports of sea bass, king mackerel and yellowfin tuna have been trickling in. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.


Falls Lake

Crappies are in 10-12 feet of water, biting on minnows near brush piles. Closer to the shore, bass are biting on plastic worms, crank bait and spinner baits in about 12 feet of water, but are often in the top-waters early in the morning or late in the evening. White bass are being caught using blade bait and spinner bait in the main lake and in the channel. A few catfish have been caught way down deep, biting on dip bait, night crawlers and small minnows, particularly in the evening. Water level: above normal 253.1, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.

Jordan Lake

Fishing is still very slow around the lake. Only a few reports of crappie have come in, mostly biting minnows on brush piles in about 15 feet of water. 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, stripers and catfish remain steady all around the lake. The large-mouth and white bass are biting on water plugs and rubber worms. The crappie and stripers have been biting minnows on brush piles in 10-15 feet of water, and the catfish have been biting dip bait in 20-30 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

Crappie have been biting steadily in 10-15 feet of water, nibbling at minnows near the brushpiles. Anglers are also reeling in bass on the topwater early in the day on artificial bait and spinner baits. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.

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