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Central District Pamlico, Craven, Carteret and Onslow Counties

Contact: Scott Smith

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

For the week of Sept. 9-14

Ocean: Offshore anglers reported catching wahoo in large numbers with some smaller dolphin and amberjack in the mix. A lot of fishing was going on around the Big Rock for wahoo. Closer to shore, anglers had a blast catching Spanish mackerel, little tunny and bluefish in Beaufort inlet and along the beaches out toward Artificial Reef 315. King mackerel were also caught in the same areas and out toward the sea buoy. Bottom fishing anglers caught large vermilion snapper, gag grouper, gray triggerfish, white grunt, amberjack and various porgies.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: The inlets started to yield gray trout and sea mullet, and a few anglers met their limits. Pigfish, sea mullet, pinfish, flounder, pompano and bluefish were reported around Radio Island. The flounder bite was still going strong. Flounder were biting on live mullet fished around the N.C. Port. Sheepshead were still biting on live urchins and fiddler crabs at area bridges.

Piers/Shore: Shore anglers reported decent numbers of sea mullet, spot, pompano, flounder and red drum. The red drum catches really picked up, both on the beach and from the piers.

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