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  • NORTH CAROLINA SALTWATER FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing: Updated March 4, 2011

    In addition to warmer weather and windy conditions, March brings with it some outstanding fishing. With the stripers still lingering and the bluefin tuna bite not slowing down, March promises to be a superb month for N.C. anglers.

    Northern North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (North Carolina line to Ocracoke)

    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center brings us these reports:

    3.2.11 Good striper fishing off of Corolla today.

    3.1.11 Robert Wells via Charles Hayes sent in pictures taken on a fishing trip taken on the 26th of February. These pictures are welcome as they illustrate the outstanding ocean rockfish season enjoyed by Oregon Inlet Fishing Center charters this year. There have been countless citations and two state records.

    2.27.11 Great striper fishing so far today, limits. Already seen some bluefin today, 229 lbs. A few Stripers brought in in the afternoon and more bluefin and yellowfin as well.

    2.26.11 After yesterday's no sail, the stripers were found again today in abundance. Several of our boats limited out. Citations of 35, 36, 36, 40, 41, 42, 44, 46 and 47 lbs were caught. There were also bluefin brought in on our offshore boats.

    TW Bait and Tackle offered up these reports:

    3.4.11 There is no fishing news today.

    3.3.11 They caught stripers off of Corolla yesterday. It was such a nice day; I spent most of the day at the beach. No one surf fishing.

    3.2.11 It is a beautiful beach day. If there are any boats out, I would say they are catching. No news from the surf, but I will be checking.

    3.1.11 Sorry for the delay, but as you all know, you can have the aggravation of a problem with your computer at any time. We have high winds again today. I remember that old adage; March roars in a like lion and goes out like a lamb. We have 30 kts this morning from the north, and we have seen 50 in the last several days.

    2.28.11 Another Sunday of good striper catches. Charters caught yellowfin and bluefin. One bluefin tuna weighed 229 lbs. That’s a whopper.

    2.27.11 After having several days of bad weather we found the stripers are still here. Boaters caught their limits on Saturday and many were citations. One bluefin tuna was caught.

    2.26.11 Coast Guard warns mariners of shoaling at Oregon Inlet, N.C., Morehead City, N.C.. The Coast Guard warns mariners of shoaling near the center span of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet, N.C., Friday. The water depth is less than three feet at mean-low water according to a survey conducted by the Army Corp of Engineers Wednesday. Shoaling has accelerated during the last two weeks with water depths dropping in the channel from seven feet to less than three feet. Mariners are urged to exercise extreme caution and limit their transits to high water tidal periods.

    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.
    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Inshore activity will be heavy when weather conditions permit with most 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 sea trout and red drum (they have been everywhere throughout the year). A good place to try is 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 can 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)

    Ocean: There will be plenty of excellent fishing opportunities on-board 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. Stripers 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 will be are a lot of fun and really provide a quality fishing experience. Extended/overnight fishing trips are also offered. Bluefin tuna trips have also been offered in the past. Check with your favorite fishing vessel Private boat anglers will enjoy many of the same opportunities as those mentioned for charterboat anglers. Near-shore bluefin tuna fishing will be excellent. Those fishing offshore will have access to excellent catches of king mackerel.
    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Newly established striper fishing on the shoals of Cape Lookout will also be a favorite. Inside, the creeks of the White Oak, Neuse, Bay, Pamlico and Pungo rivers will offer occasional excellent speckled trout fishing. Do a little research before going, however; this is a very specialized fishery.
    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: 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 during the winter months. 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 we don't see too cold of a winter, 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. Striper 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 Associate Editor

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