Earlier this week, bluefin tuna were caught near shore ranging from 354 pounds to 669 pounds. Yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna were also caught. Fishing is now picking up inshore. Sound striped bass and pufferfish are also being caught inshore. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
On Monday, bluefish, blowtoads, sharks and sea mullets were found near shore. At the jetties and near Ramp 49, blowtoads and puppy drum were caught. Lastly, sea mullets were caught near Ramp 43 and 44. As the temperatures increase, more bluefish can be found in great numbers. 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.
Puppy drum, black drum, bluefish, small flounder and sea mullets are scattered along the north and south end of the island. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Last week, fishing has been very slow due to the rising and dropping temperatures. Sea mullets arrived in Beaufort Inlet. Along the edge of the marshes, redfish were caught and bluefish were caught near Cape Lookout. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Sea mullets, pufferfish and dogfish were caught near the pier. In the backwaters, flounder, puppy drum, trout and pufferfish were caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Red drum, black drum and trout were caught inshore. Approximately 5-10 miles further from the shore, bluefish were caught. Wahoo and blackfin tuna were caught offshore. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
No report available. Water level: 252.08, Wednesday, March 30. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Crappies were caught on jigs. Bass were found in shallow creek. Stripers are now getting into the river. Water level: 1030.25, Wednesday, March 30. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
No report available. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.