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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..

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.


Central District

For the week of Sept. Oct. 13-19

Ocean: Offshore anglers reported large seasonal catches of wahoo. A few dolphin, blackfin tuna and skipjack were in the mix, as well. Bottom anglers reported plenty of large vermilion snapper, gray triggerfish, black sea bass, amberjack, gag grouper and spottail porgy. Near shore, anglers caught Spanish mackerel, with plenty of bluefish and little tunny. Anglers fishing for king mackerel did very well around AR-315, the sea buoy and Dead Tree Hole.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers reported an increase in the number of flounder caught around the N. C. Port wall, all caught on live mullet. Speckled trout were biting consistently, with anglers reporting their best luck on live shrimp in the area creeks. Red drum were also reported from the haystacks, and a few area creeks. Sea mullet were landed on the Radio Island pier, and around the N. C. Port turning basin. Gray trout fell for lead jigs near the Coast Guard station, and around large docks in Bogue Sound. The spot bite was going strong, with the best catches concentrated in the N. C. Port turning basin and Gallants Channel. Anglers reported their best luck on live bloodworms.

Piers/Shore: Shore fishing was a bit slow, thanks in part to heavy surf and high winds. There were still many reports of spot, croaker, pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, black drum, northern puffer, red drum and flounder. Cut shrimp or bloodworms fished on the bottom was the go to bait. The flounder bite really picked up in the breakers, on everything from cut bait to live mullet.

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