It was another great day of fishing for all fleets Tuesday. The catch of the day for offshore was the yellow fin tuna again. They brought plenty of nice stout tuna into the docks this afternoon. There were also sightings of dolphin and several wahoo. The billfish are biting and there was a nice catch and release of white marlin. The near shore charter boats caught a bounty of Spanish mackerel as well as nice bluefish. The inshore fleet caught some keeper, speckled trout along with red drum and cobia. A huge citation cobia was caught on one of the inshore boats Tuesday afternoon, weighing 70 pounds. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
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Near the beachfront you will find some Spanish mackerel and sea mullet. Some flounder, Spanish mackerel, shark and bluefish are biting near the pier. Fishing should continue to do well over the next few days. 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.
Not much going on right now due to the bad weather. However there have been a few bluefish being caught. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com; Morris Marina 252-225-4261, www.portsmouthislandfishing.com.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Fishing the New River and the Neuse River one can find schools of red drum that will take top-water baits, live mud minnows and mullet baits as well as various gulp baits. Although the surf zone had been very slow, there are scattered catches of big speckled trout. Bottom fishing is slow on the piers and surf with mainly pinfish and small croakers. There are some ocean pier flounder with a few keepers mixed in with the throwbacks mostly on live bait in the murky water. There are still big Spanish on the piers but no king bite yet this season. There are still good Spanish catches along the beach, with the big ones on live bait, and there are small kings in the mix too. If it’s grouper and sea bass you want, the reefs east of the Lookout Shoals is a very good place to try. There are some kings over there too. Offshore has been bumpy but there are wahoo and dolphin out there if you can get to there from here. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Near the pier you’ll find mullets, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, flounder, red and black drum and king. In the sound, there are sightings of flounder, red drum, crabs and blues. Offshore there are blooper, sea bass, king, Spanish, blue, snapper and drum. For the gulf stream, mahi-mahi, blackfin tuna and swordfish are being caught. 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. Surf anglers are reporting good catches of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, sea mullet, croaker and a few drum and flounder from both Carolina and Wrightsville beaches. The cobia fishing has been slowed down, but a few other species of big fish have been around recently. The piers have been seeing good numbers of tarpon being hooked. The nearshore wrecks have began producing large jack crevalle and the occasional bull redfish. Look for these fish around the jetties, nearshore artificial reefs and schools of bait when you can find them. Trolling in the gulfstream has resembled fall fishing lately with good catches of wahoo being reported. Along with the wahoo, boats have also been seeing decent numbers of sailfish. Reports of mahi-mahi have been consistent, blackfin tuna are still being caught, but reports are scattered with most of the blackfins being fairly small. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Fishing has not been going well. The constant S/SW wind 15-20, ocean pogies MIA doesn’t help, and combine that with the lack of kings, it continues to make life difficult for the charter captains. Word has it kings are being caught down in Murrells Inlet waters and north above Morehead City. In meantime, bottom fishing in 90 to 110 feet is good if you can get there. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
Bass fishing has been good lately. The upper end of the lake seems to be doing better than the lower end. Fish are about 9 to 12 feet deep at the upper end. Catfish are doing well along the river channels on cut bait, nightcrawlers and dip bait. White bass are schooling in the mornings. Currently there is no report on crappie. Water level: normal 251.86, Wednesday 251.95, full pool 264.8. Contact Outhouse Tackle Company 919-847-1222.; www.outhousetackle.com.
No report available. Water level: normal 217, Wednesday 217.10, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
No report given. Water level: normal 299.85, Wednesday 299.87, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Very active fish population even with the heat. The best fishing has been in the deeper waters with bass biting mainly on jigs. Between 16 and 24 feet, crappie and white perch have been biting on live minnows, especially during the morning and evening hours. Catfish have been slowly returning to the deepest waters, biting on cutbait late in the evening. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)