Wahoo are providing excellent action offshore of both Carolinas.
Numerous limits of 10 fish have been boated this week from Hatteras Village southward to Georgetown, S.C., and ports in between.
Lots of dolphin also are being caught, especially off Oregon Inlet and Hatteras.
There are great reports of tarpon to an estimated 175 pounds in the Charleston area at Bulls Bay, North Edisto and the harbor jetties.
Freshwater fishing rates generally slow to fair across both states.
Lake Norman: Fair to good for spotted bass in surface-feeding schools from mid-afternoon until dark. They’re striking jigging spoons best and the most activity appears to be in the Stumpy Creek neck and around Marker 20 on the main channel. Fair for catfish 10-30 feet deep on cut baits. Most anglers catching about three per hour.
Lake Wylie: Continuing fair to good for crappie at night under lights. Bream are hitting crickets, earthworms and small Beetlespin lures.
Mountain Island Lake: Mainly bream and catfish.
Union County Lakes: Slow to fair for bream and catfish at at all four: Cane Creek Park, Lee, Monroe and Twitty.
Yadkin/Pee Dee River Lakes: White perch, locally called Waccamaws, are starting to show in surfacing schools at Badin and Tillery. They are hitting Ice Jigs best. Mainly bream and catfish at the others: High Rock, Tuckertown and Blewett Falls.
Lakes James, Rhodhiss, Hickory: Stripers to 16 pounds on shad and shiners fished near the Highway 321 Bridge at Hickory. Bream and catfish at Rhodhiss. Slightly improved for smallmouth bass at James, which is fair for bream and catfish.
Rankin Lake: Continuing fair at the Gastonia municipal reservoir for bream and catfish.
Hampton Lake, Yadkin County: Fair for bream and catfish.
Fontana Lake: Good for smallmouth in late afternoon on crankbaits cast to shoreline discolored by wave action. Some large bluegill on crickets. Fair trout at night against the dam on crawlers.
Lake Wateree: Fair to good for largemouth on jigs and artificial worms worked around deep humps, ledges and points. Also around docks located in deep water.
Lake Murray: Slow.
Lake Thurmond: Slow.
Santee Cooper Lakes: Slow.
Lake Hartwell: Fair for largemouth and spotted bass on buzz baits and soft plastic lures cast around bream beds. Fair for crappie at night around bridge pilings.
Lake Keowee: Catfish 40-60 feet down on cut baits, crawlers, and stink baits.
Lake Jocassee: Slow.
Outer Banks: Nags Head area: Good for blues and Spanish mackerel in the surf and at piers. Pier fishing also is producing pompano, spot and whiting. Oregon Inlet: Excellent offshore for dolphin to 39 pounds and yellowfin tuna to 72. Wahoo also are showing in the catch along with sailfish and white marlin. Nearer to shore, albacore, blues, king and Spanish mackerel are being caught. Hatteras Island: Excellent for big red drum: which must be released: near Hatteras Village in Pamlico Sound. The season’s best catches of wahoo offshore along with limits of dolphin and some blackfin tuna. Spanish mackerel near the inlet. Blues, croaker, small flounder, pompano sheepshead, Spanish mackerel and whiting continue to be caughrt in the surf at various locations from Salvo to Hatteras Inlet.
Ocracoke Island: Picking up in the surf for Spanish mackerel as they chase finger mullet schools. Blues, pompano, whiting and a few flounder in the surf. Big red drum in the sound. Dolphin and wahoo offshore. Morehead City area: Excellent offshore for wahoo, with scattered blackfin tuna and dolphin also boated. King mackerel on the east side of the Cape Lookout shoals. Big reds in Pamlico Sound near Cedar Island and Oriental. Black drum, flounder and Spanish mackerel at piers.
Southeastern N.C. Coast: Very good offshore for wahoo. King mackerel are showing 10-15 miles out. Fine bottom fishing in about 100 feet of water. The artificial reefs are yielding flounder and gray trout. Flounder and reds in the Cape Fear River from Wilmington to Southport and in the backwaters southward to Little River. Tarpon at the Bald Head Island shoals. Spanish mackerel in schools near Lockwood Folly Inlet. Fair for blues, flounder, pompano and trout at piers during early morning..
S.C. Coast: Little River area: Croaker, pompano and whiting. Grand Strand area: Excellent offshore for wahoo. King mackerel at the 3-Mile artificial reef and an area known as Belkie Bear. Tarpon at the Winyah Bay jetties. Sheepshead at the Georgetown and Murrells Inlet jetties. Blues, pompano, whiting and ladyfish in the surf and at piers. .Scattered flounder and reds, or spottails in the creeks. Charleston area: “Bull” red drum at the jetties on both cut and live mullet. Flounder 5-10 feet deep around rock piles and other structure on mud minnows, shrimp and JerkShadz (CQ) lures. Beaufort/Hilton Head area: Little activity reported.