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Marine Fisheries

Recreational Fishing Reports

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The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries interviews anglers throughout coastal areas to estimate the marine recreational fishing catch. The following regional fishing reports are updated weekly and compiled by DMF port agents as they observe and interview fishermen at access sites along the coast — more than 500 anglers are interviewed each week.

Please note: New reports are usually posted by early Monday afternoon.

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Northern District Fishing Report

Contact: Brian Melott (Brian.Melott@ncdenr.gov)

Week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1

OCEAN: Offshore fishing out of Hatteras was very good. Limits of king mackerel and citation sized blackfin tuna were a routine catch. Moderate amounts of wahoo and dolphin added to the harvest. Assorted billfish were caught in low amounts. Nearshore anglers were a bit puzzled, but happy, when they caught blackfin tuna very close to shore, along with moderate amounts of king mackerel.  Offshore success out of Oregon Inlet was also very good. Moderate amounts of wahoo, dolphin and both yellow and blackfin tuna kept anglers happy. Near shore fishing offered red drum, little tunny (false albacore) and weakfish (grey trout) in moderation, Spanish mackerel and bluefish were caught in high numbers on short-term blitzes by anglers lucky enough to be there at the time of opportunity.  

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Fishing from Hatteras northward to Oregon Inlet continued to produce limits of both red drum and spotted seatrout with relative ease on almost all favorable weather days. These two species dominated the catches with little else being caught. Oregon Inlet northward produced limits of red drum. Spotted seatrout catches backed off quite a bit. Kingfish (sea mullet) catches improved considerably with citation sized specimens being caught in moderation.

PIER/BEACH: Rough surf made it tough to access the near shore surf zone, but anglers that were persistent did manage to catch red drum of all sizes, including some over the slot giants. Moderate amounts of kingfish (sea mullet) and bluefish kept anglers occupied on the South beaches. North beach action was much more consistent with high numbers of spotted seatrout and red drum being caught daily. Moderate amounts of citation sized kingfish (sea mullet), bluefish, spot and puffer fish filled coolers to the brim. 


Central District Fishing Report

Contact: Andrew Valmassoi or Travis Williams (Andrew.Valmassoi@ncdenr.gov / Travis.Williams@ncdenr.gov)

Week of Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

OCEAN: Although the weather conditions were not optimal, offshore fishermen were still able to catch some nice fish. Anglers trolling brought in wahoo, blackfin tuna, dolphin, skipjack tuna and king mackerel. The sailfish bite was on fire and there were plenty caught and released. Anglers that fished off the bottom and off reefs brought in vermilion snapper, gray triggerfish, white grunt and a few greater amberjacks.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Anglers fishing near shore on the good weather days were able to get their hands on some coolers full of fish. The spot bite was incredible near shore and fishermen saw some fairly decent sized fish as well. Anglers fishing near shore also caught Atlantic croaker, black drum, pigfish and some nice sheepshead. The spotted seatrout, weakfish and red drum were a little bit slower than anticipated for this time of year, but with consistency anglers were able to find some great catches. Northern puffers moved around and some anglers brought home some great hauls.

PIER/BEACH: The beach bite was slower, which may have been due to warmer water temperatures. Anglers that put in the work were able to land some nice red drum, black drum, weakfish, sheepshead and Florida pompano. Spotted trout were seen swimming along the beaches, but were a bit reluctant to hit. The sea mullet and spot bite in certain areas along the central region has been fantastic. The little tunny were still coming in strong at the beginning of the week, but appear to have died down, along with the Spanish mackerel. 


Southern District Fishing Report

Contact: Dennis Trowell (Dennis.Trowell@ncdenr.gov)

Week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1

OCEAN: Offshore, the wahoo fishing finally picked up with some decent catches, along with good numbers of sailfish releases. Bottom fishing was good with limits of big vermilion snapper and triggerfish being caught in the 120- to 140-foot range. Closer to shore the fall king mackerel fishing kicked into high gear with fish being caught pretty much anywhere from the beach out to the 10-mile range. Lots of Spanish mackerel were caught along the area beaches, along with good numbers of little tunny.

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Near shore, the trout fishing has been getting better every week for the past two weeks. Water is still around 70 degrees and fishing should only get better in the coming weeks. Slot sized red and black drum were caught around area docks, as well as back up in the creeks around oyster rocks. Sheepshead fishing remained strong with some good catches from Little River rock jetty.

PIER/BEACH: Area piers saw some good runs of spot. Decent numbers were caught throughout the area, but Topsail Island piers seemed to be the hot spot. Along with spot, good numbers of sea mullet and pompano were reeled in. King mackerel fishermen had an outstanding week of catching kings, with the surf temperature still around 70 degrees. Shore based anglers caught much the same, lots of bluefish, sea mullet, pompano and slot sized red and black drum coming out of the surf. 


 

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