Central District Fishing Report — Contact: Jesse Bissette (Jesse.Bissette@ncdenr.gov)
Pamlico, Craven, Carteret and Onslow Counties
For the week of Oct. 10-16 Offshore: Rough weather kept the boats at the dock most days, but when the boats got out they had good catches of yellowfin tuna, wahoo, skipjack tuna, blackfin tuna and a few dolphin. Bottom fishermen reported catching grouper, black sea bass, triggerfish and vermilion snapper. Both king and Spanish mackerel were caught by anglers fishing the Crystal Coast beaches. Schools of little tunny were seen busting bait up and down the beaches.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers bottom fishing in Beaufort Inlet and the NC State Port turning basin saw good catches of weakfish (gray trout) and pigfish. A decent number of kingfish (sea mullet) were caught as well, but still not in really good numbers yet. A few spot were caught by those fishing in the N.C. State Port turning basin, but they definitely weren't there in full force yet. Anglers fishing the marshes for spotted sea trout brought good numbers of fish back to the docks, including some really nice trout. A few red drum were mixed in with the trout. People fishing the N.C. State Port wall landed some very nice sized flounder using live mullet on a Carolina rig.
Piers/Surf: Anglers plugging on the area piers had good catches of bluefish. A few little tunny were caught by pluggers, as well. A decent number of king mackerel were landed by anglers fishing live bait. The spot action on the piers started to pick up; no coolers full yet, but definitely enough fish to make it worthwhile. The bottom fishermen saw good numbers of black drum and pompano, as well. Anglers surf fishing at Fort Macon State Park had good catches of bluefish, black drum and red drum.
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
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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. 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.
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