Central District Pamlico, Craven, Carteret and Onslow Counties Contact: Scott Smith
For the 2011 fishing year, all 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..
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. 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.
For the week of Nov. 26 - Dec. 1
Ocean: The weather didn’t cooperate for Gulf Stream anglers, and most boats stayed inshore. Bottom fishing produced black sea bass, amberjack, gray triggerfish, vermilion snapper and gag grouper. The Cape Lookout Rock Jetty was still yielding decent numbers of gray trout, red drum and speckled trout. A few anglers reported decent sea mullet catches in the shipping channel using cut bait on the bottom.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: There were a few reports of flounder still coming from the N.C. Port turning basin, but red drum, sea mullet, gray trout and speckled trout were caught in much higher numbers. Speckled trout were caught in the turning basin, Core Creek, Bogue Sound, Core Sound, the Newport River, Cahooque Creek and up the New River. Anglers reported their best catches were caught on live shrimp and variously colored artificial bait.
Piers/Shore: Shore anglers caught plenty of black drum in the 2- to 5-pound range, as well as northern puffers, red drum, and sea mullet. Some anglers had success fishing for speckled trout in the surf, using grubs, jigs and live shrimp. Pier anglers reported catching black drum, on cut shrimp, and red drum, northern puffers and sea mullet.