Central District — Contact: Jesse.Bissette (Jesse.Bissette@ncdenr.gov)
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 May 16-22
Central District offshore private boat dolphin catch
Sheepshead from the piers and pilings near Morehead City
Offshore: The offshore fleet had solid catches of gaffer dolphin, along with some wahoo. A good number of boats landed billfish, as well. Anglers fishing the bottom caught black sea bass, amberjack, vermilion snapper, triggerfish and grouper. The cobia bite exploded along Bogue Banks; those soaking bait and those casting artificial bait saw good action. Trolling the beaches produced Spanish mackerel and bluefish in abundance. Flounder fishing was good at the nearshore artificial reefs; anglers throwing bucktails had the most success, but live minnows produced fish, also.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Weakfish were caught in good numbers in Beaufort Inlet. The area around the Atlantic Beach Bridge held fish, as well. Anglers fishing the bottom in the State Port turning basin landed pigfish, croaker and a handful of sea mullet. Fishermen caught a few flounder along the port wall and in Beaufort Inlet. Anglers fishing the marshes saw action from red drum, black drum and a small number of spotted seatrout. Fishermen caught a decent number of sheepshead fishing around structures and using fiddler crabs as bait.
Piers/Surf: Anglers caught bluefish and Spanish mackerel by throwing plugs, and a few of the Spanish were real nice fish. Those fishing the bottom caught pigfish, pompano, sea mullet, silver perch and black drum. Fishermen reeled in a few spot, as well. Those targeting flounder managed to land a few in the surf using live mudminnows for bait.
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