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  • NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing: Updated March 24, 2011

    While there were no record-sized fish landed this week, N.C. anglers continue to take advantage of the superb bluefin fishing that the Old North State has to offer

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

    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center brings us these reports:
    3.23 Great bluefin action again today. Unfortunately, it was catch and release as they were too big to bring in. (Over 72 inches.)

    3.21 We had a little wind today, but that did not stop our anglers. Bluefin bite is still happening, but that is not all that is biting. One of the tunas brought in was struck by an orca. The action is happening so to get in on the bite call us today to set up a bluefin charter.

    3.20 Another first class day of bluefin tuna fishing. Some giants were caught and released and some real beauties were brought in. As the photos indicate we are engaged in awesome world class tuna fishing, charters are available book online today or call the fishing center at 18002725199.

    3.19 Good tuna bite again today. Nice bluefins caught. The winds brought the boats in early today. There were several giants released today.

    3.18 We had a few private boats already in with bluefins. A few were weighed in 277, 254 and 194 lbs.. As the day went on more and more bluefin bought in. Really hot tuna action offshore.

    TW Bait and Tackle offered up these reports:
    3.24 Oregon Inlet had another good bluefin day. None made it back to the docks. Unfortunately, they were all over 72 in.

    3.22 A few shad and a few stripers have been caught from the Nags Head/ Manteo causeway Little Bridge. Ocracoke has reported some puppy drum and black drum. Oregon Inlet's bluefin action is still good. It is time for their first wahoo of the season.

    3.21 First time 50 degree water temp reported by U. S. Army corps of Engineers Research Pier in Duck this morning. Really big bluefins caught out of Oregon Inlet on Sunday.

    3.20 Cape Point vehicle access is closed for shorebirds. Read more:
    Bluefin fishing continues to be great.

    3.19 Bluefin action was great yesterday. Really big ones. Bluefins weighed in from 194 lbs. to 277 lbs. Jake Worthington stayed close to home and fished the Pasquotank River. Jake caught seven in all. Jake's dad said it was kind of a step down from catching ocean stripers, but still fun!

    3.18 A few boats caught bluefin tuna yesterday. It is a going to be a beautiful weekend. Let’s wish for a bit of a rise in the water temp with the SW wind.

    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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