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Marine Fisheries

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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Northern District Fishing Report

For the week of Nov. 10-16

Ocean: Offshore fishing was once again limited due to weather. Anglers fishing from Oregon Inlet reported good numbers of yellowfin tuna catches in the 25- to 40-pound range. Blackfin Tuna were also landed in good numbers, but wahoo catches were scattered. Anglers fishing from Hatteras reported great king mackerel fishing. Fishermen landed their limits of king mackerel weighing up to 45 pounds. Live-lining menhaden was the fishing method of choice. Bottom fishing anglers saw good catches of sea bass and tilefish. Amberjacks remained present around most all offshore structure.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: With water temperatures falling to around 50 degrees, the fishing cooled off as well. Anglers landed a handful of red drum from both Oregon and Hatteras inlets. The fish were biting on cut mullet or menhaden fished around shallow water shoals. Flounder fishing was slow, as well. Anglers reported a handful of keeper flounder that were biting on live minnows fished on a Carolina rig. Striped bass made a fair showing in the Croatan Sound. Anglers landed fish up to 28 inches long by casting bucktails as well as by trolling.

Pier/Surf: Pier and surf anglers reported a slow week of fishing. Pier anglers that bottom fished caught a few sea mullet and croakers. Also, citation-size red drum were landed on the piers from Rodanthe south. Surf casters bottom fishing caught sea mullet and blowtoads. A few slot-size red drum were landed on all beaches. Anglers fishing artificial jigs landed a few speckled trout and puppy drum.


Central District Fishing Report

For the week of Nov. 10-16

Ocean: Offshore fishing really slowed down, but those that made trips caught blackfin tuna, wahoo, king mackerel and little tunny. Near-shore anglers reported some flounder catches on Artificial Reef 315 (Atlantic Beach Reef), along with bluefish and little tunny. Red drum was landed from the surf, and along the outside of Bogue and Beaufort inlets. Bottom fishing anglers had a great week, and many boats caught their limits of vermilion snapper. Also in the mix were gray triggerfish, black sea bass, spottail pinfish, white grunt, African pompano, gag grouper and amberjack.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishermen were catching gray trout and flounder from the N.C. Port turning basin at Morehead City and from the waters around the U.S. Coast Guard docks at Emerald Isle. Speckled trout were really starting to bite in Core Creek, Bogue Sound, behind Bear Island and in other area creeks. There were still a few reports of red drum in the creeks and marshes, but most catches were from the inlets. Puffers and sea mullet also showed up in Bogue sound and were biting on cut shrimp fished on the bottom.

Piers/Shore: Shore anglers caught northern puffer, sea mullet, bluefish, speckled trout, black drum, red drum and sheepshead. There also was plenty of sheepshead hanging out around the pilings of the ocean piers. Those fishing with sand fleas had no trouble filling their coolers.


Southern District Fishing Report

For the week of Nov. 10-16

Ocean: Offshore boats fishing in the Gulf Stream caught Wahoos along with some blackfin tunas. Bottom fishing in water depths of 100 to 120 feet produced good catches of vermilion snapper and gag, red, and scamp groupers, along with a wide range of reef fish. Closer to shore, anglers caught good numbers of king mackerel in the 20- to 30-mile range. Near-shore reefs produced some large gray trout, along with a few flounder.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing was good from Topsail Island to the South Carolina line with Greens Channel, Masonboro Sound and the Little River Rock Jetty producing the best catches. Most anglers reported good spotted seatrout fishing in area creeks, rivers and bays, as well. Along with the trout, anglers were still getting some red and black drum with some gray trout mixed in.

Piers/Shore: Piers and surf fisherman reeled in some nice sea mullets along with good numbers of black drum, ranging in size from couple of pounds to well over 50 pounds. Anglers also caught gray and spotted seatrout, flounder and some red drum.


N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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