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Marine Fisheries - Central District

Marine Fisheries

Central District Fishing Report —
Pamlico, Craven, Carteret and Onslow Counties

8-point rule

 

Contact: Jesse Bissette (Jesse.Bissette@ncdenr.gov)

For the week of May 8-14
 

Ocean: The dolphin fishing was phenomenal! Most boats brought back double-digit numbers of very nice fish. A few blackfin tuna and wahoo were caught with the dolphin. Anglers targeting billfish had good luck with blue marlin; many boats hooked up with multiple fish per day. Those bottom fishing offshore landed grouper, amberjack, triggerfish, black sea bass and limits of vermilion snapper. Fishing for Spanish mackerel seemed to be in full swing, as well. Those trolling the beaches and those casting to schooling fish managed to get their limits. A few blues were mixed in with the Spanish. Anglers targeting cobia had good luck sight fishing, but most of the fish still were caught using dead bait on the bottom. Flounder fishing at the nearshore artificial reefs produced good results for those fishing with minnows on a Carolina rig.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays:
Anglers fishing area marshes had decent luck catching spotted seatrout, but most of the action came from up toward the Neuse River. Red drum, as well as a handful of flounder, were caught along with the trout. Anglers bottom fishing in the State Port Turning Basin caught croaker, pigfish, weakfish and a handful of sea mullet. Those fishing with live minnows or bucktails beside the port wall tricked some flounder to bite, including a couple of nice sized fish. Sheepshead made a good showing, too. Some anglers managed to catch their limits around the port wall and area bridges.

Piers/Shore: Spanish mackerel were the main catch on the piers. Anglers caught most of the fish with plugs, but those who used live bait got the biggest fish. Bluefish were mixed in with the Spanis, but not the big chopper blues seen in previous weeks. Bottom fishermen caught a few croaker, sea mullet, pufferfish and pinfish.

For the fishing year, all owners/operators of vessels recreationally fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (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 Angling permit. This permit has replaced the Atlantic tunas Angling category permit. In North Carolina, additional Highly Migratory Species harvest reporting requirements are also in place. To obtain a permit go to: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/permits_reporting/index.html

Report a tagged fish

Please note: Anglers sometimes confuse small king mackerel with Spanish mackerel. King mackerel and spanish mackerel have different size and catch limits. Make sure you properly identify the mackerel you are catching. (Tips here)

A recreational fishing license went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 for all of the state's coastal and ocean waters.

Click here for the latest seasons, size and bag limits.

Please note: New reports are usually posted by early Monday afternoon.

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