We have had several warm sunny days in a row and the fishing is starting to respond. The wind is backing off a bit also, so more fishermen should be getting out. As more fishermen head out exploring the waters, the reports can be more precise and more frequent.
I have gotten my first report of Gray trout from Wallace Channel, near Ocracoke. The fish are large enough to keep, but not in big numbers yet. It is still a bit early and the numbers should improve over the next few weeks.
There are still scattered reports of speckled trout, puppy drum, and flounder along the entire NC Coast. Your favorite local tackle shop should be able to give you preferred locations.
If you want to go well inland, the stripers are biting in the Roanoke river near Weldon. The river is high and fishing is a bit hard, especially for the flycasters, but there are good numbers of fish.
The best southern report has been bluefish off Carolina Beach and Fort Fisher.
There have been several runs of large drum at Cape Point at Buxton. Nighttime has been the best.
Scattered reports of sea mullet, small blues, spots, and croakers along entire coast.
Can you say Spanish Mackerel? Good numbers in the southern and central NC Coast. Many fish between 1 and 2 pounds, with some larger. Bluefish are also well represented. Gold Hook Got-Cha jigs are the hot lure---Red head and yellow or white body.
Scattered sea mullet, spots, croakers, and small flounder, when fishermen tire of the spanish.
Spanish mackerel and bluefish along southern and central coast. Troll with 0 and 00 Clarkspoons.
Bonito mixed in occasionally-----especially off Wrightsville Beach.
Hot king mackerel bite at about 100 feet of water. This should be moving in some with the warmer weather. All sorts of lures, frozen, and live baits are working.
Still some good numbers of yellowfin tuna, with some larger individuals mixing in. Wahoo and dolphin are biting too. A few billfish encounters are also being reported.