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  • NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing: Updated March 31, 2011

    N.C. anglers aren't the only ones getting in on the good bluefin tuna fishing that persists off the N.C. coast. A pod of orcas off Oregon Inlet harassed a group of offshore anglers this past week, laying claim on many of the large bluefin tuna that they caught.

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

    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center brings us these reports:
    3.29 Gulf stream is still producing bluefin tuna and a few scattered yellowfin. James Norris from Ohio released 5 bluefin and landed a 168 lb. fish. Plenty of boats. Do not forget we can pair you up with other people to help share the cost of these offshore trips.

    3.28 It was a little chilly today at the inlet but the tuna didn't care. The catch today consisted of bluefin and yellowfin tuna. Come on down and join the fun. Plan your charter today.

    3.26 More awesome bluefin tuna action today! Tuna were brought in weighing 175 lbs. and larger. Several big-eyes were brought in today as well, one weighing 110 lbs. Makeups are available, we are open! Stop in or sign up online for our make ups.

    3.25 Six boats went out today for tuna. They all bought back there bluefin and a bonus of three yellowfin and a mako. Lots of action. Come join us 800.272.5199

    TW Bait and Tackle offered up these reports:
    3.30 Bluewater charters caught scattered yellowfin and plenty of nice size bluefin on Tuesday. I was on the beach. Canít wait until warm water. Lots of deep sloughs. There was another seal resting on the beach at Coquina yesterday. There have been quite a few seals visiting us this year.

    3.29 Wow! I have an up to date picture. TWís Carey Foster caught a Bass. It was 24 5/8 inches long by 19.25 inches girth. Carey said he had no scale, but when he put it into the length girth formula for bass, she comes out to weigh 9lbs 12 oz. Oregon Inlet charters caught bluefin and yellowfin yesterday.

    3.28 There have been toadfish caught on the Island. I also heard a blue marlin was caught Saturday out of Hatteras. Other than that, thatís it for the fishing news today.

    3.27 Saturday was another good bluefin day. bluefin tuna were caught weighing up to 175 lbs. Big-eye tuna were also caught weighing up to 110 lbs. Today is a ghastly day. NNE winds at 27 kts and water temp is 46 degrees. I have an interesting story and pictures. There was a very rare pod of orcas off of Oregon inlet yesterday! They normally do not come farther south than Iceland. This pod was in behind the fishing fleet attacking blue fin tuna! There was a total of ten fish hooked up, that were taken by these huge killer whales. Captain said they were behind the boat like barracuda in the keys! North Carolina sport fishing definitely has it all now!

    3.26 The boats went out yesterday. Surprised me. I drove the beach and the water was really rough and was it cold? The bluefin action is still good and they added yellowfin and a mako to the mix.

    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. Donít 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 Carolinaís 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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