The offshore charters caught some serious dolphin. There also were some sightings of nice plump yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna. Several boats had some good fights with amberjacks also. Two hefty citation wahoo were brought in. Sailfish also were caught and released. The nearshore charters had good catches of spanish mackerel and bluefish. The inshore charters also caught a good number of spanish mackerel and bluefish. They also brought in amberjacks and flounder. There also was a number of nice red drum releases. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
There were some spanish mackerel near the beach, and you’ll find spanish mackerel and king makerel up and down the beach. Blue runner and bluefish also were biting. There was flounder being caught in Hatteras, and some mahi mahi at Avon Pier. On ramps 43 and 44, there were sea mullets biting. 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.
There are mixed species near shore, including bluefish, sea mullet, sheepshead and flounder. In the sounds, grey trout are biting as well as speckled trout and bluefish. Drums are being caught at night, and tuna are being caught offshore. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Oceanana Pier reports some baby croakers and sea mullet and some speckled trout. Bogue Pier has had occasional Spanish mackerel on live baits, otherwise very slow with small spots and croakers, small blues and short flounder, an occasional gray or speckled trout and a few sea mullet on sand fleas. There continues to be tarpon strikes. SeaView pier reported a speckled trout at 5.8 pounds and not much else. Water is cleaner on the Topsail piers. Surf City Pier weighed in a 30-pound crevalle jack, a few keeper flounder and Spanish mackerel and blues early and late. Jolly Roger released some tarpon this week and reports some bluefish activity. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Good numbers of pompano caught out of the surf as well as red drum. Near the piers, you’ll find spanish mackerel, king mackerel and bluefish. Offshore, mahi mahi is biting really well. Inshore, red drum and flounder are being caught. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Anglers are reporting decent catches of flounder, sheepshead, bluefish and black drum, as well as a few red drum and speckled trout in the local creeks and marshes. The redfish have been feeding in the shallow stretches of creeks and marsh bays, especially early and late in the day. Red and black drum continue to be caught from deeper water around waterway docks. Anglers using natural bait such as cut mullet, menhaden or shrimp are having the most success. Live bait fishing with carolina rigs or jigheads has been producing a lot of fish inshore and in the Cape Fear River. Mullet, pogies and mud minnows can be found in good numbers. In the lower Cape Fear River, fish topping 5 pounds are being caught in fair numbers. Nearshore and offshore, spanish mackerel have been biting very good lately. Lots of keeper-sized flounder are being caught at the ledges and wrecks just off the beach. Cobia has slowed, but some fish still are being caught. King mackerel was decent last week with a few topping 20 pounds being reported along the beach, but the best fishing remains in the 10-20-mile range. Gulfstream fishing has been hit or miss. Catches of mahi mahi and blackfin tuna still are being reported with the occasional wahoo. There still are a few billfish around as well. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
The backwater bite in the creeks and along the waterway has been a bit inconsistent. Small to large critters are eating shrimp. Mullet minnows finally are big enough to catch in a three-eighths-inch mesh net and have been productive on trout, flounder and a few redfish lately. Offshore there were black bass, silver and grey snapper, beeliners, american red snappers and sharks being caught. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Crappie are in the brushpiles as deep as 13 feet, and you’ll need minnows to catch them. Texas and Carolina worms are attracting largemouth bass in waters 12 to 20 feet deep. You can use jigs, too. You’ll find catfish as deep as 20 feet with cut bait or any bait that smells. Water level: normal 251.81, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
Ther fish are located in deep waters because of the heat. Catfish are being caught down in the bottom, and deep diving to catch bass. Water level: normal 216.72, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Bass are biting on creme baits, and stripers are being caught off bucktail jig. Crappies also can be found in deeper brush. Water level: normal 302.83, 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.