Fishing remains about average throughout the area, even after the storms that have pushed through. Near-shore anglers have been catching a nice number of Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and albacore while their freshwater brethren are hauling up speckled trout, cobia, and a few large drum. Offshore charters have been returning with good catches of yellowfin tuna and snapper, and those venturing out farther have been rewarded with mahi mahi and pictures of large sailfish they have released. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www.oregon-inlet.com.
The seasonal Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been in full effect around the point, with anglers returning with coolers full of keeper-sized fish. Waterborne fishing parties have been catching plenty of mackerel and snapper about three miles off the point, but have also been reporting that a pair of large sharks continue to appear sporadically and chase away the fish. 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.
Cape Lookout/Bogue Inlet
Fishing remains about the same for the area for those who weathered the stormy week. Pier and surf anglers continue to reel up more than their fair share of Spanish mackerel and bluefish on live bait in the hot water. Offshore boats are returning with plenty of mackerel and snapper, and those venturing way into the blue have been rewarded with mahi mahi and trophy-sized tuna. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; Portside Marina 252-726-7678; www.ncoif.com.
Fishing is beginning to ramp up in the area as the summer winds down, especially close to the shore. Pier anglers are returning with reports of large amounts of sea mullet, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and red drum. Those venturing out on the boat continue to return with their fair share of snapper, grouper and king mackerel, while those the farthest out continue to impress with large mahi mahi. Contact: East Coast Discount Tackle 910-328-1887, www.eastcoastsports.com.
Fishing remains normal throughout the area, aside from the slightly premature flow of sea mullet into the surf. In-shore anglers are still catching plenty of red drum and speckled trout while their saltwater counterparts fill their coolers with the seasonal Spanish mackerel and large bluefish, with a few of the early sea mullet slipping in as well. Offshore boats are returning with plenty of snapper and grouper and an unusually high amount of king mackerel. Trips to the Gulf Stream are yielding plenty of good-sized mahi mahi and yellowfin tuna. Contact: Tex’s Tackle 910-791-1763, www.texstackle.com.
Fishing remains steady around the area for the time of year. In-shore and near-shore anglers continue to haul in Spanish mackerel, bluefish, flounder and drum, both red and black. Offshore groups continue to come back with loads of snapper, grouper, Spanish mackerel and even a few mahi mahi for those who venture out to the Gulf Stream. Contact: Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle 910-457-1221; www.yeahrightcharters.com; or www.oifishingcenter.com.
No report given. Water level: normal 216, Wednesday 215.55, full pool 240. Contact: Wilsonville General Store 919-362-7101; Crosswinds Marina 919-387-7011.
No report given. Water level: normal 300, Wednesday 299.25, full pool 320. Contact: Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle 434-374-8381; www.kerrlake.com.
Shearon Harris Lake
Fishing during the day remains rather slow with most of the fish hiding in deep waters to beat the heat. There have been a good amount of crappie bites in the early morning in 20 to 30 feet of water. The bass are scarce due to the heat, but a few have been caught late in the evenings on topwater baits in waters 6 to 12 feet deep. Contact: The Tackle Box 919-557-8255; www.wmi.org.
(For water levels go to http://epec.saw.usace.army.mil/)