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Marine Fisheries - Central District

Marine Fisheries

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

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

For the week of June 13-19

Ocean: High winds kept a lot of the boats at the dock last week, but the few days boats managed to get offshore they had decent catches of dolphin and wahoo, although the dolphin were small and pretty scattered. Offshore bottom fishermen had good catches of vermilion snapper, black sea bass and amberjack. Muddy water slowed the Spanish mackerel fishing along the beaches, but people trolling were able to land a handful of them and bluefish. When the seas were calm enough for boats to make it to the nearshore artificial reefs, anglers had good catches of flounder using bucktail jigs.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Flounder fishing started to pick up. Anglers drifting the inlet and fishing along the N.C. State Port wall had the most success. Good numbers of sheepshead were caught by those fishing area structures and fiddler crabs produced the most fish, but sea urchins got the big ones. A decent amount of red drum were caught by those fishing Core Creek and other area marshes. A handful of spotted sea trout were also mixed in. Black drum, croaker, pigfish and pinfish were caught by angler’s bottom fishing in the N.C. State Port turning basin. Speckled trout fishing in western Pamlico Sound, including the Hyde County bays is still a good bet.

Piers/Surf: The pier and surf action wasn't too hot last week, but anglers throwing plugs were able to land a few Spanish mackerel and bluefish early in the mornings. Bottom fishermen had a mixed bag of croaker, pompano, crevalle jack, bluefish, stingrays and sharks. A small number of over slot red drum were caught in the surf. 


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.


N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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