Despite poor weather Tuesday and reports of sharks in the area, overall a good week. A 47-pound wahoo was caught offshore Wednesday. Also offshore are yellowfin tuna, gaffer dolphin and bigeye tuna. Near shore you’ll find Spanish mackerel, bluefish, trout and cobia. Cobia also are inshore along with speckled trout, bluefish and striped bass. Boats are bringing in sea mullet, bluefish and flounder. 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Many access areas in Buxton have been closed the past few days as rain brought standing water. But sea mullet still was being caught at ramps 43, 44 and 49, plus a few flounder. You’ll catch some bluefish in Avon and red drum in Hatteras. Ramp 55 yielded a 30-inch red drum. Oden’s Dock also saw poor conditions this week. There were reports of cobia Wednesday, but much of the area is drying out. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, on Facebook, plus www.reddrumtackle.com. Also, check out www.hatteras-island.com; Oden’s Dock 252-986-2555, www.odensdock.com; on Facebook, or www.hatterasharbor.com.
The rain finally has passed through Ocracoke. Beach areas reported sea mullet, bluefish, puppy drum, pompano and Spanish mackerel. Inshore are bluefish, cobia and gray trout. Offshore saw some dolphin and wahoo. Before the rain, Portsmouth was seeing pompano, black drum and sea mullet. Highlight of the week: Friday, seven year old Sarah Kane from Harrells caught her first fish: a 2-pound, 7-ounce pompano. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, also on Facebook, and www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Despite poor weather the past few days, offshore you’ll see mahi mahi and blackfin tuna. Deep waters are giving up amberjack, grouper, trigger fish, porgies and grunts. Trollers are bringing in plenty of Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Cobia are showing up in beach aress. Access roads 315, 320 and 330 report good numbers of flounder. The areas around Bogue Inlet have been hampered by the weather. Only a few Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been reported. Check out EJW Outdoors on Facebook and www.ejwoutdoors.com for their latest reports. Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com, www.portsidemarina.com.
Pier and surf areas are seeing sea mullet, black drum and red drum. At the sound, you’ll find sheepshead, red drum and flounder. Rain and wind shut down offshore fishing for most of the week. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Tex’s Tackle reported a large number of flounder coming into the area, inshore and in deeper waters. There’s good cobia fishing from the beach, along with Spanish mackerel and speckled trout. Inshore are good numbers of red drum, speckled trout and sheepshead. Offshore are blue marlin, sailfish, mahi, mahi and blackfin tuna. Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Rain and wind have kept most boaters off the water since Saturday. Flounder and red drum numbers were picking up before the storm. Clearing weather has fishermen looking for mahi mahi. Trollers are seeking Spanish mackerel. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Deeper water is yielding lots of fish. Use crankbaits and worms to get largemouth bass. Crappie are biting on live minnows. Catfish are chomping on stink bait and large minnows. All are at depths up to 20 feet. Water level: 252.74. Wednesday. Contact Outhouse Tackle Co. 919-847-1222; www.outhousetackle.com.
Plenty of crappie, largemouth bass and white perch, especially along brush piles. You’ll see some catfish, too. Water level: 216.76. Wednesday. Contact: Sinclair Guide Services, 919-553-4547, on Facebook, and www.sinclairguideservices.com; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011 and crosswindsboating.com.
Large amounts of rain caused mud and debris to fill the lake and slow fishing. Higher than normal water levels meant only crappie in brush piles. Some catfish and striped bass also caught. Water level: 302.47 Wednesday. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Crappie can be found at depths up to 12 feet in the morning and evening. They’ll go as deep as 18 feet by midday. Largemouth bass are doing better. Catfish lovers continue to find success using natural chicken products as bait. White perch are biting at depths up to 25 feet as long as they’re not schooling. Contact: The Tackle Box, 919-557-8255 and on Facebook.