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Pamlico, Craven, Carteret and Onslow Counties
Owners/operators of vessels recreationally fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, must obtain an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling permit. This permit has replaced the Atlantic tunas Angling category permit. In North Carolina, additional HMS harvest reporting requirements are also in place. To obtain a permit go to: http://www.hmspermits.gov..
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Please Note: Anglers sometimes confuse small king mackerel with Spanish mackerel. King mackerel and Spanish mackerel have different size and catch limits. Be SURE to properly identify the mackerel you are catching. (Tips here)
A recreational Recreational Fishing License went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 for all of the state's coastal and ocean waters.
Please note: New reports are usually posted by early Monday afternoon.
Central District Fishing Report
For the week of Sept. 21-Oct. 4
Bluefish were thick in Beaufort Inlet and behind Atlantic Beach in Bogue Sound this past week.
Offshore: The weather continued to deteriorate, and most boats were unable to leave the dock. A boat or two did manage to get offshore and had good catches of large wahoo and blackfin tuna. A couple of dolphin were caught as well. There was a good Spanish mackerel bite for anglers fishing from Beaufort Inlet to around the Cape Lookout shoals. Large numbers of bluefish and little tunny were mixed in with the Spanish. The near-shore reefs produced a few flounder for those willing to brave the wind and rain.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Bluefish were thick in Beaufort Inlet and behind Atlantic Beach in Bogue Sound, along with some crevalle jack and scattered Spanish mackerel. Weakfish were caught by anglers jigging in the N.C. Port turning basin and around the Atlantic Beach Bridge. Anglers fishing the bottom in the turning basin reported catching a few spot, sea mullet, and hogfish.
Piers/Shore: Bluefish and Spanish mackerel fishing was strong on area piers. Anglers throwing plugs got most of the Spanish, but the bluefish hit just about anything. The spot bite started to pick up on the piers, especially at night. Mixed in with the spot were sea mullet and a few speckled trout. The pompano continued to bite sand fleas fished right in the breakers. Anglers surf fishing around Fort Macon State Park reported landing a few large red drum, as well as some bluefish and flounder.
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