Recreational Fishing Reports
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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For the week of Nov. 26 - Dec. 1
Ocean: Offshore fishing picked up, and anglers had good catches of yellowfin and blackfin tuna. The best fishing for yellowfin tuna was out of Oregon Inlet. Anglers also had fair catches of wahoo. The majority of the wahoo landed were citation-sized fish. Mid-range anglers landed a few king mackerel. Live menhaden was the bait of choice when it could be found. Bottom fishing yielded good catches of blueline tilefish and triggerfish. Anglers also landed black sea bass and a few assorted groupers.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers fishing around the inlets continued to experience good red drum fishing. They landed red drum of all sizes, but most fish were in the 20- to 25-inch range. Anglers caught the majority of the fish on cut mullet and Gulp bait. A handful of speckled trout were caught, as well. Anglers still caught sheepshead from the Oregon Inlet catwalk. A few black drum and tautog were caught, as well. Striped were caught around all local bridges, but the bite was hit or miss. Live croakers and swimbaits produced the best catches.
Piers/Shore: Pier and surf anglers were limited due to weather. Despite cold conditions with rough surf, anglers continued to catch plenty or red drum. Drum were landed on all beaches from Corolla to Hatteras. Almost all of the fish were in the legal slot size. A few citation red drum were landed between Avon and Cape Point. Cut mullet and menhaden produced the best catches. Anglers also caught a few sea mullet and speckled trout.
For the week of Nov. 25 - Dec. 1
Ocean: The weather didn’t cooperate for Gulf Stream anglers, and most boats stayed inshore. Bottom fishing produced black sea bass, amberjack, gray triggerfish, vermilion snapper and gag grouper. The Cape Lookout Rock Jetty was still yielding decent numbers of gray trout, red drum and speckled trout. A few anglers reported decent sea mullet catches in the shipping channel using cut bait on the bottom.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: There were a few reports of flounder still coming from the N.C. Port turning basin, but red drum, sea mullet, gray trout and speckled trout were caught in much higher numbers. Speckled trout were caught in the turning basin, Core Creek, Bogue Sound, Core Sound, the Newport River, Cahooque Creek and up the New River. Anglers reported their best catches were caught on live shrimp and variously colored artificial bait.
Piers/Shore: Shore anglers caught plenty of black drum in the 2- to 5-pound range, as well as northern puffers, red drum, and sea mullet. Some anglers had success fishing for speckled trout in the surf, using grubs, jigs and live shrimp. Pier anglers reported catching black drum, on cut shrimp, and red drum, northern puffers and sea mullet.
For the week of Nov. 19-25
Ocean: Boats fishing in the Gulf Stream saw good catches of wahoo and blackfin tuna when weather permitted. Anglers targeting king mackerel caught fish 30- to 40-miles from shore. Those fishing the bottom in the same general area caught good numbers of gag grouper, along with some black sea bass, vermilion snapper and triggerfish. Near-shore reefs produced some flounder and good numbers of gray trout.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spotted seatrout were what most fishermen were targeting, and they had some success. The Little River rock jetty and the Masonboro rock jetty were where most anglers concentrated their efforts. The Cape Fear River north of Snow's Cut was productive. Anglers also targeted striped bass in the river, mostly around the downtown Wilmington area.
Piers/Shore: Anglers fishing on area piers caught mostly sea mullets and puffers, along with some bluefish. Surf fishermen caught some sea mullets, along with spotted seatrout and red drum.
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