Spanish mackerel in the 6-pound range are feeding actively at Cape Lookout on the Outer Banks and being caught in good numbers by anglers casting spoons.
Smaller bluefish are mixed in with the schools of Spanish and are hitting well, too.
Offshore trolling from most ports continues to produce fine catches when sea conditions are favorable. Oregon Inlet remains the top spot overall, and Monday’s catch included 20 white marlin.
Lake Norman: Fair for largemouth and spotted bass during the first hour after dawn on topwater lures like the Pop R. Afterward a few bass are being taken at the mouths of creeks on the side shaded from the sun on swim baits. Fair for catfish on cut baits worked 10-30 feet deep. A late-summer die-off of striped bass is reported from the dam uplake to near Point 6 because of a low oxygen situation in deep water.
Lake Wylie: Good for catfish drifting with cut baits near the river channel in the middle section of the reservoir. Favored depth is 15-22 feet. Fair for crappie at night on minnows.
Mountain Island Lake: Fair to good for bream and catfish.
Union County lakes: Remains fair at all four – Cane Creek Park, Lee, Monroe and Twitty – for bream and catfish.
Yadkin/Pee Dee River lakes: Fair nighttime crappie catches are reported from all lakes: High Rock, Tuckertown, Badin, Tillery and Blewett Falls. Fair to good for bream and catfish at all five lakes.
Lakes James, Rhodhiss, Hickory: Fair for crappie on James at night. Fair for bream and catfish at Hickory and Rhodhiss.
Rankin Lake: Fair at the Gastonia municipal reservoir for bream and catfish.
Hampton Lake, Yadkin County: Fair for bream and catfish.
Fontana Lake: Fair for trout at night on crawlers fished 20-30 feet deep right against the concrete of the dam.
Lake Wateree: Good for crappie around brush 18-22 feet deep in the main lake on jigs in green, pearl and yellow patterns.
Lake Murray: Plentiful channel catfish during early morning on cut baits, shrimp and stink baits fished 5-25 feet down on humps and points.
Lake Thurmond: Crappie in brush along the river channel 15-25 feet down.
Santee Cooper lakes: Fair for crappie around cover 16-24 feet deep on minnows.
Lake Hartwell: Slow.
Lake Keowee: Fair to good for largemouth and spotted bass in the hour after dawn on topwater lures, then 20-30 feet deep around humps and points on drop-shot rigs.
Lake Jocassee: Good for smallmouth and spotted bass bass on soft plastic lures cast to fallen trees and shoreline brush.
Outer Banks: Nags Head area: Scattered blues and spots in the surf and at piers. Oregon Inlet: Excellent offshore for dolphin and billfish when sea conditions are favorable. Good for blues, flounder and Spanish mackerel inshore. Red drum in the backwaters. Hatteras Island: Very good in Pamlico Sound near Hatteras Village for big red drum. Good offshore for blackfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Scattered blues, croaker, flounder, gray trout, pompano, Spanish mackerel, spots and whiting continue in the surf at various locations from Salvo to Hatteras Inlet, with the latter yielding the most consistent catches. Ocracoke Island: Blues, mostly small flounder, gray trout, pompano, puppy drum and whiting in the surf. Dolphin and wahoo offshore. Morehead City area: Catches of large red drum up Pamlico Sound in the Oriental area. Speckled trout in the marshes Blackfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo offshore. Blues, croaker and spot in the surf and at piers.
Southeastern N.C. Coast: Good offshore for wahoo in the 50-pound range, with a few weighing more. King mackerel 10-20 miles out on live baits. Dolphin, cobia and sailfish also are being boated. Flounder, gray trout and red drum at the near-shore artificial reefs. Fair for flounder in Snow’s Cut at Carolina Beach. Black drum and sheepshead around bridge pilings and jetties. Scattered croaker, pompano, reds, spots and whiting in the surf and at piers.
S.C. Coast: Little River area: Flounder, sheepshead and speckled trout during very early morning at the pier. Grand Strand area: Good to excellent offshore for billfish, dolphin and wahoo. Tarpon at the Winyah Bay jetties near Georgetown. Sheepshead at the Georgetown and Murrells Inlet jetties. Scattered flounder and reds, or spottails, in the creeks. Scattered croker, pompano, reds, spots and whiting in the surf and at piers. Charleston area: Tarpon near the harbor mouth on blue crabs and mullet. Flounder in the creeks on mud minnows. Some speckled trout also being caught. Fair for reds under backwater docks. Beaufort/Hilton Head area: Good near Hilton Head for reds during falling tides on cut menhaden and mullet cast to shell rakes.