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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

For the week of Nov. 6-12
 

Ocean: The weather limited fishing this previous week. Offshore catches out of Hatteras were a bit on the slow side with a few scattered dolphin, wahoo, and assorted tuna’s. Bottom fishing was fair with decent catches of triggerfish, silver porgy and vermilion snapper. Nearshore catches were king maceral for the most part with some days yielding limits and other days offering next to nothing. Gulfstream access via Oregon Inlet was similar, but catches previous to the adverse weather were much more diverse than their Hatteras counterparts. Citation sized wahoo and dolphin were caught with moderate regularity, along with a few scattered bigeye, black fin and yellowfin tuna. Billfish catches were good on the few available days with sailfish and both blue and white marlin catch and release action. Nearshore action continued to please with king mackerel and spotted seatrout limits, along with high numbers of undersized striped bass on most trips.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: These anglers were limited by unfavorable weather. Hatteras northward to Oregon Inlet continued to produce plenty of red drum of all sizes, along with limits of spotted seatrout and assorted other species. Oregon Inlet northward offered the same species in higher volume amounts with a diverse collection of species in moderate amounts including much improved flounder keeper ratios by those fishing the shallow water areas near the Bodie Island lighthouse. The pilings of the Oregon Inlet bridge offered sheepshead and spadefish when little else was available.

Piers/Shore: Beach anglers had decent luck targeting red drum during the tournament period with all sizes being caught, along with plenty of croaker and kingfish mixed in. Anglers fishing from the pier caught red drum, spot, black drum, puffer, weakfish, pompano, bluefish, and silver perch.


Central District Fishing Report

For the week of Nov. 6-12


Ocean: Not many anglers made the trek offshore to troll this past week, but a few wahoo and blackfin tuna were landed. Anglers fishing the bottom took advantage of the small red snapper season and brought decent numbers back to the dock. They also reported landing black sea bass, gray triggerfish, grouper and vermilion snapper. King mackerel fishermen caught good numbers of fish around the Northwest Places. Little tunny were seen busting up and down the Crystal Coast.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spotted seatrout were caught in good numbers by anglers fishing the area marshes and rock jetties. Many anglers were able to bring home their limit of fish. Some slot-sized red drum were caught in the marshes. Flounder fishing along the N.C. State Port wall and the Coast Guard Station was good; live mullet minnows on a Carolina rig were the key to success. Bottom fishermen in the N.C. State Port turning basin and Gallant's Channel caught a small number of spot and some hogfish, as well as a handful of pufferfish. Weakfish (gray trout) were caught around the Atlantic Beach bridge.

Piers/Surf: Anglers on the area piers caught a handful of red drum, black drum, flounder and sea mullet. Some bluefish and pufferfish were caught by bottom fishermen. Pluggers caught a few little tunny and bluefish. Anglers surf fishing at Fort Macon State Park caught a small number of bluefish, black drum and seatrout.


Southern District Fishing Report

For the week of Nov. 6-12


Ocean: Offshore, fishing has been very limited due to high winds. Fishing was good for wahoo and reef fish such as red, scamp and gag groupers, along with lots of vermilion snapper. Closer to shore, the king mackerel fishing was on fire. Light House Rock, the Horseshoe, and the Fairway Ledge produced lots of king mackerel over the last couple of weeks with lots of fish in the 30- to 40-pound range. Chances are the fish will have moved farther offshore due to cooler water temperatures when the winds finally layout. Near-shore reefs produced good numbers of flounder, along with good numbers of gray trout.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Nearshore, the fishing was fantastic. Spotted sea trout were caught throughout the area with lots of fish in the 5-pound range. Area hot spots of late have been the Surf city swing bridge, Greens channel, Carolina beach inlet, the bays and creeks behind Bald head island, and the marshes of lower Brunswick county. Along with the trout, lots of red and black drum were caught, as well as some late season flounder. Sheepshead and large adult red drum were caught in good numbers off the ends of both the Masonboro and the Little River rock jetties.

Piers/Shore: Area piers saw some of the best spot runs of the year. Along with the spot, anglers caught red and black drum, sea mullet, pompano and bluefish. There were even a few king mackerel landed off the ends of the piers, but the cooler weather we have been having has cooled the beach water temperature down to the lower 60-degree mark. Surf fishermen have been catching good numbers of slot size red and black drum, along with some sea mullet and bluefish.

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