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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 Fishing Report

For the week of June 22 – 28


Ocean: Steady winds kept many boats from venturing offshore. Those that made the trip reported catches of dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna and barracuda. Bottom anglers reported a great black sea bass catch, along with vermilion snapper, amberjack, whitebone porgy, white grunt, gray triggerfish and gag grouper. Near shore anglers reported large Spanish mackerel catches and decent flounder catches from Artificial Reef 315.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Flounder were caught around the N.C. State Port turning basin, and along the backside of Shackleford Banks. Live mullet or mud minnows fished on a Carolina rig did the trick. Sheepshead fishing continued to do very well, with a few eight pound fish weighed in. Live urchins, sand fleas and fiddler crabs fished near any area structure worked well. Spear fishermen reported a really good catch of sheepshead and flounder along the area bridges. Bottom anglers reported catches of sea mullet, pinfish, croaker, spot, flounder, bluefish and pigfish.

Piers/Shore: The fishing piers produced pompano, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, spot, croaker, silver perch, pinfish, flounder, sheepshead and juvenile sharks. The Spanish mackerel bite was best in the morning and evening hours. Anglers using plugs had the best luck. 


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