With mild temperatures across the region, anglers are continuing to report some great fishing. Inshore fishermen are reporting catches of speckled trout, black drum and red drum. Striped bass are being caught in the upper part of the river. Bluefin tuna are being caught off Carolina Beach all the way down to the shoals. Most of the bluefin have been running in the 400-700 pound range. Offshore boats are reporting catches of king mackerel, black sea bass, snapper, grunts and African pompano. Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of wahoo and blackfin tuna.

Topsail Island

Capt. Billy Stokes reports anglers are seeing very good catches of small speckled trout. Best baits have been soft plastics and hard baits. There have also been very good catches of black drum using shrimp. Source: Eastern Outfitters

Wrightsville Beach

Tex Grissom reports inshore fishing is producing catches of red drum and speckled trout. Nearshore fishing continues to see some nice bluefin tuna being caught. Offshore fishing is producing catches of king mackerel, black sea bass African pompano. Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of wahoo. Source: Tex’s Tackle.

Pleasure Island

Capt. Lewis Emery reports speckled trout are being caught in the yacht basin, in the marinas and in the inlets. Red drum and black drum are being caught in the river. Striped bass are being caught in the upper part of the river near downtown. Bluefin tuna were caught early last week with some around 700 pounds. Black sea bass, grunts and snapper are being caught starting about 20 miles off the beach. The king mackerel bite has been very strong in the vicinity of Frying Pan Tower. Source: Island Tackle and Hardware.

Offshore Wilmington

Capt. Rick Croson reports Gulf Stream fishing is producing catches of wahoo and blackfin tuna. Bluefin tuna are being caught in 25-45 feet of water down to Frying Pan Shoals. Source: Living Waters Guide Service.