Offshore charters are bringing in some nice hefty yellowfin tuna and catching a good number of dolphin. Several nice wahoo have been caught offshore also. Near-shore charters have had plenty of Spanish mackerel bites and catching their limit numbers of amberjacks. The in-shore charters have been catching sharks, ribbonfish and cobia. Nice catches of croaker, sea mullet, striper, gray trout, pigfish, pins, puffers and flounder also have been reported. Contact Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
Fishing has been a bit slow. Some sea mullet, croaker, small flounder and bluefish are being caught. There has been some sightings of Spanish mackerel. 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.
Fishing has been relatively slow. Just a few bites from Spanish mackerel and puppy drum, but it plenty of houndfish seem to be biting further from shore. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Ocean fishing piers report slow bottom fishing but report lots of tarpon around and catches of big Spanish mackerel. Reports of croakers, puppy drum and flounder cruising by the piers continue to come in. The best backwater fishing is being found in the Neuse with some stripers, reds and trout in the New River, even on topwater baits. There are schools of red drum behind Bear Island and some trout and drum in Core Creek, especially around the N.C. 101 bridge and up creek of the bridge. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
No report given. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Wilmington/ Wrightsville Beach
Inshore anglers are reporting decent catches of flounder, sheephead, bluefish, ladyfish and black drum, as well as a few red drum and speckled trout in the local creeks and marshes. Redfish have been frequenting the shallow sections of the creeks, and the drum have remained in deep water near the rocks and around docks. Bluefish, ladyfish and flounder have been plentiful in the evening and at night, feeding mainly on the topwater. In the deeper waters offshore, mackerel and flounder have remained plentiful, and the mahi mahi seem to be returning to the area. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Spanish mackerel has remained plentiful alongside rather timid schools of silver snapper mingling with a few amberjacks. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Bass has been abundant in the deeper waters, mainly picking on Carolina worms, but crappie has been biting minnows by the truckload in the mid to shallow waters. Water level: normal 251.5, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
Mainly slow as the bass has taken refugue from the heat, but crappie can be caught deep all around the lake and has been biting well on minnows. Water level: normal 217, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
Crappie has been biting well on minnows, especially near the dam. Bass can be found in deeper waters, sheltering from the heat, and catfish seem to be returning slowly from the river. Water level: normal 301, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Crappie has been biting by the dozens on jigs and minnows at depths of 12 to 14 feet, and bass has been mainly seeking cover from the heat in shady areas around the edge of the lake or in the deeper waters near the center. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)