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  • NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing: Updated March, 10 2012


    The tune fishing on the NC coast is at its best right now. Read more to find out how and where these large fish are being caught
    Northern North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Ocracoke Inlet to Surf City)
    Overall Summary for the region
    Ocean: Winter anglers catch plenty of yellowfin tuna, when conditions permit, along with a few wahoo and dolphin, to make for some good offshore action. Midrange anglers target striped bass and red drum during the winter season with moderate to good success. Find a regional fishing website that reports daily catches or contact a local tackle shop for up-to-date fishing reports.

    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center brings us these reports
    3/8/2012 We had a busy day today at Oregon Inlet. Seven offshore charters went out this morning and returned with great catches. There were a total of 85 yellowfin tuna brought in, one gaffer dolphin and three bluefin tuna weighing 263 lbs, 162 lbs and the third was 72 inches long. There were also 7 bluefin releases.

    3/7/2012 Today was a beautiful day for fishing on the Outer Banks. We had three offshore boats go out and they returned with great catches. The first boat arrived with a limit of yellowfin tuna, a 127 pound bluefin tuna and two dolphin. The next boat came back with fifteen yellowfin and a 103 pound bluefin tuna. The third boat brought in nine yellowfin tuna and a 175 pound bluefin tuna.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: When weather permits, activity will be heavy with anglers targeting striped bass. They are often found throughout the Roanoke, Croatan and northern Pamlico sounds, especially near bridges or any other structure. There will also be some good winter catches of spotted seatrout and red drum. Good places to try include around the barrier islands and Oregon Inlet's Green Island Slough from pre-dawn to mid-morning hours.

    Piers/Beaches: Piers are currently closed, most will re-open around Easter. Beach anglers may have a tough time fishing this time of year due to rough surf and adverse weather, but once again, when conditions permit, some of the largest red drum and striped bass are taken from the surf. Bluefish blitzes can happen this time of year and offer anglers some short-term active fishing. Don’t forget about the possibility of some excellent speckled trout surf fishing this winter on the beaches from Rodanthe southward.

    Central North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Ocracoke Inlet to Surf City)
    Overall Summary for the region
    Ocean: There will be plenty of excellent fishing opportunities onboard charter boats during the winter. The central district has become home to North Carolina’s bluefin tuna fishery. Multiple hook-ups and multiple fish days are the norm rather than the exception. Another species that sometimes makes the winter scene in the Central area is striped bass. Striped bass are sometimes taken from Cape Lookout Shoals and other areas along the beach throughout the winter. Other offshore species such as king mackerel, yellowfin tuna and wahoo will also be available to Gulf Stream anglers. Bottom fishing for a variety of reef fish species is also excellent during the winter months. There are several headboats that operate throughout the year. Some of the best snapper and grouper catches occur during the winter, providing a quality fishing experience. Extended/overnight fishing trips are also offered. Bluefin tuna trips have also been offered in the past. Private boat anglers will enjoy many of the same opportunities as those mentioned for charter boat anglers. Near-shore bluefin tuna fishing should be excellent. Those fishing offshore will have access to excellent catches of king mackerel.

    Capt. Joe Shute's Bait and Tackle Report in Atlantic Beach reported on March 10 that
    the offshore fishing is still doing very well right now for the wahoo and blackfin tuna.* There have been a few yellowfin tuna caught as well as a few dolphin and sailfish.* Inshore the speckled trout and red drum bite had started to pick up before this last cold front hit us.* Hopefully they will continue next week after the front moves on and the warmer weather returns.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: The speckled trout fishing was excellent this fall in the central district. A good winter fishery is in the making. Newly established striped bass fishing on the shoals of Cape Lookout will also be a favorite. Inside, the creeks of the White Oak, New, Neuse, Bay, Pamlico and Pungo rivers will offer occasional excellent speckled trout fishing. Good catches of speckled trout were already being reported in the fall from Bay River, Campbell’s Creek and other central area tributaries. Do a little research before going, this is a specialized fishery. You might want to consider a local guide. This will greatly improve your opportunity to get on the fish.

    Piers/Shore: Most piers are closed for the season. Some may allow access, but catches will be limited. Shore fishing activity will be limited.

    Southern North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Surf City to North Carolina line)
    Ocean Isle Fishing Center brings us these reports
    3/09/2012 First charter of season. Capts OC and Dawson on 4hr. Report light south wi nds with 2-4' south swell. Crushing "keeper" bass in 40'
    -- Capt. Brant McMullan

    3/07/2012 I headed out just like my earlier report suggested. The full moon is tomorrow and we have a front headed our way. My first spot today produced a nice redfish and a few trout. I took a gander up the Shallotte River and the rain has really stirred things up. I gave it a few cast and had one bump. The water was way too dirty for me to stick around. I headed back to cleaner water in the waterway. I made a few cast and another nice red picked the bait up. A few more cast and a little trout drilled the bait. The tide went slack and the wind started to blow.
    -- Capt. Jacob Frick

    Overall Summary for the Region
    Ocean: Anglers on private and charter boats enjoy some of the best bottom fishing and king mackerel fishing of the year during the winter months. Frying Pan Tower normally holds lots of king mackerel. Look for bait and water temperature around 70 degrees. There may also be great fishing, in these same areas, for groupers, sea bass, porgies and other various bottom fish. Bluefin tuna are another option during the winter months. Ledges around the shoals such as the Fairway Ledge and the Cucumber are good places to look for one.

    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: If the weather is not too cold, speckled trout and red drum fishing can be good during the winter months. Look for the trout around the inlets and the drum in the bays and up in the back of the creeks. Striped bass fishing in the Cape Fear River is another option for wintertime fishing.

    Piers/Shore: Most piers are closed for the season. Some may allow access, but catches will be limited.

    See you on the water,
    Bryce Butner
    Tidal Fish North Carolina Associate Editor

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