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Central District —
Pamlico, Craven, Carteret and Onslow Counties

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

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 Fishing Report

For the week of April 26 - May 1

Offshore: The wind finally let up, and as a result, the offshore fleet had solid catches of wahoo and dolphin, including some trophy-sized wahoo. Blackfin tuna were caught in abundance as well, along with a good number of yellowfin tuna. Anglers targeting offshore bottom dwellers saw good action with black sea bass, vermilion snapper and triggerfish. Scup, red porgies and amberjack were caught, as well. Anglers trolling the beaches had good luck catching bluefish, and even a few Spanish mackerel made an appearance. Fishermen targeting flounder on the nearshore artificial reefs had success using jigs and live mullet on a Carolina rig.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Weakfish (gray trout), both large and small fish, dominated the catches of people fishing from Beaufort Inlet to the Atlantic Beach Bridge. Anglers using jigs or shrimp had the most success. Good numbers of kingfish (sea mullet) were landed in the N.C. Port turning basin, along with some croaker, pigfish and pufferfish. Those fishing for flounder along the port wall reported decent catches. Anglers targeting red drum in the area had success finding schools of them back in the marshes, as well as a handful of black drum and spotted seatrout.

Piers/Surf: Kingfish continued to be the predominant catch on area piers. Shrimp seemed to be the bait of choice, although the fish weren't too picky. A large number of weakfish were landed as well, although the majority were small. Good-sized black drum were caught; some were monsters! Anglers throwing plugs had good catches of large bluefish and saw the first few Spanish mackerel of the year.


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