News of Saturday’s pending state record bluefin tuna catch has enticed more fishermen to the Gulf Stream, where some bluefins continue to exceed 200 pounds. Plenty of smaller yellowfin tuna are around, too. Contact: Oregon Inlet Fishing Center 252-441-6301, www. oregon-inlet.com .
Only dogfish have been biting, and fishermen eagerly await warmer water and big red drum. Contact: Red Drum Tackle 252-995-5414, www.reddrumtackle.com; offshore, Teach’s Lair Marina 252-986-2460, www.teachslair.com.
The first big red drum of the season was caught in the surf on the southern tip of Ocracoke Island on Saturday morning. It weighed about 40 pounds. Contact: Tradewinds Bait & Tackle 252-928-5491, www.fishtradewinds.com.
Blowfish have been caught at the Bogue Inlet Pier, which is open for the season. The sea mullet run shouldn’t be too far off. A decent drum bite is at the Cape Lookout rock jetty, at Fort Macon and in Bogue Sound bays, marshes and oyster beds. Southern flounder are in those areas, too. Offshore, catches include yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, wahoo and dolphin. Contact: EJW Outdoors 252-247-4725; www. ncwaterman.com ; www.ncoif.com.