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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 Oct. 1-8


Offshore: Rough seas kept most of the fleet tied to the docks, but the few boats that managed to get offshore had good catches of wahoo and dolphin, as well as the occasional blackfin tuna. Many of the wahoo were citation-sized fish. Offshore bottom fishing produced catches of black sea bass, triggerfish, vermilion snapper, grouper and amberjack. Anglers trolling the beaches for Spanish mackerel and bluefish had good success around Beaufort Inlet and toward Cape Lookout. Little tunny (false albacore) were seen busting up and down the coast from Cape Lookout to Bogue Inlet.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spotted seatrout were on fire. Anglers caught them at the Haystacks, in Core Creek, and at the Radio Island jetty. Top-water lures fished in the early mornings and late evenings worked well, but soft plastics and live bait caught the most during the day. Anglers also caught slot-sized red drum in the marshes. Anglers using live mullet on a Carolina rig caught flounder around the N.C. Port wall and the Fort Macon Coast Guard Station. Anglers fishing the port turning basin and Gallant's Channel had sporadic catches of spot.

Piers/Shore: Anglers throwing plugs on the area piers had good luck catching little tunny, Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Those fishing the bottom landed a small number of spot, croaker and hogfish. Anglers caught red drum fishing the surf at Fort Macon State Park.


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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