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Marine Fisheries - Central District

Marine Fisheries

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

8-point rule


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

For the week of Nov. 6-12


Ocean: Not many anglers made the trek offshore to troll this past week, but a few wahoo and blackfin tuna were landed. Anglers fishing the bottom took advantage of the small red snapper season and brought decent numbers back to the dock. They also reported landing black sea bass, gray triggerfish, grouper and vermilion snapper. King mackerel fishermen caught good numbers of fish around the Northwest Places. Little tunny were seen busting up and down the Crystal Coast.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spotted seatrout were caught in good numbers by anglers fishing the area marshes and rock jetties. Many anglers were able to bring home their limit of fish. Some slot-sized red drum were caught in the marshes. Flounder fishing along the N.C. State Port wall and the Coast Guard Station was good; live mullet minnows on a Carolina rig were the key to success. Bottom fishermen in the N.C. State Port turning basin and Gallant's Channel caught a small number of spot and some hogfish, as well as a handful of pufferfish. Weakfish (gray trout) were caught around the Atlantic Beach bridge.

Piers/Surf: Anglers on the area piers caught a handful of red drum, black drum, flounder and sea mullet. Some bluefish and pufferfish were caught by bottom fishermen. Pluggers caught a few little tunny and bluefish. Anglers surf fishing at Fort Macon State Park caught a small number of bluefish, black drum and seatrout.


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.

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