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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 Nov. 17-23

Ocean: The weather really did not cooperate with the offshore anglers; however, those that found a window caught wahoo and blackfin tuna. Bottom-fishing anglers caught black sea bass, gray triggerfish, vermilion snapper, white grunt, filefish and amberjack. Near-shore anglers caught red and black drum along the beach, as well as bluefish and little tunny. There were a few reports of king mackerel catches, mostly from the east side of Cape Lookout, with one report from Artificial Reef 315 (Atlantic Beach Reef).

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Bottom-fishing anglers reported large catches of sea mullet, northern puffer, pinfish, speckled trout and black drum. Speckled trout were landed in decent numbers along Radio Island beach, Core Creek, around Stella on the White Oak River and in various creeks up the Neuse River. Anglers also reported great sea mullet fishing in Bogue Sound, specifically in the N.C. Port turning basin. There were still plenty of gray trout in the area, especially on the Cape Lookout rock jetty and around the turning basin in Morehead City.

Piers/Shore:  Anglers caught plenty of sea mullet, bluefish, black drum, speckled trout, red drum, northern puffer and an occasional flounder from the beaches and from the piers. There were also a few reports of sheepshead caught amongst the pier pilings on frozen sand fleas.


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