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Marine Fisheries - Northern District

Marine Fisheries

Northern District Fishing Report —
Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties

8-point rule

 

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

For the week of June 12-18

Ocean: Offshore catches were good on most trips out of Hatteras with almost all boats returning to port with limits of dolphin along with high numbers of blackfin tuna and greater amberjack. Billfish catches were moderate and diverse. A few yellowfin tuna, wahoo, Atlantic bonito, little tunny, and skipjack tuna were also caught. Bottom fishing in deep waters produced fair numbers of a variety of species including spottail pinfish, blue runner, snowy grouper, blackbelly rosefish, triggerfish, and tilefish. Nearshore fishing produced a variety of species. Most anglers targeted cobia with inconsistent results from day to day. A few red drum, Spanish mackerel, and spotted seatrout were caught, as well. Those fishing the Gulf Stream out of Oregon Inlet saw nice catches as well, but had problems with sharks biting their tuna. Bigeye tuna catches were the most consistent they have been in a long time; 100 to 150 pound fish hit the docks almost daily. Anglers caught a moderate amount of large yellowfin tuna, weighing 70 to 115 pounds, along with plenty of smaller ones. Billfish catches out of Oregon Inlet were like those of Hatteras anglers.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Sound fishing in the Hatteras region north to Oregon inlet offered a decent alternative to ocean fishing on days limited by unfavorable weather. Although there was not much variety in species caught, anglers did catch their bag limits of spotted seatrout, with a seemingly endless supply of undersize trout. Red drum followed the same pattern. All sizes, from the very small up to hte over-the-slot giants. Anglers caught their bag limits of spotted seatrout from Oregon Inlet north, as well. Flounder catches made a noted improvement. Most of the legal sized flounder, including a few doormat giants, came from the very shallow areas near islands and land masses. Anglers landed moderate numbers of of kingfish (sea mullet), and croakers kept anglers interested when little else was available. Other species caught included pufferfish, black drum, lizardfish, black seabass, silver perch, croaker, spot, weakfish (gray trout), pinfish, and pigfish.

Piers/Shore: Hit or miss fishing describes results by anglers fishing on the piers and along the shore from north to south. Catch rates south of Oregon Inlet were poor on most days. Pompano, kingfish, and Spanish mackerel were most common, along with a mixed bag of others species in very low amounts. Fishing from Oregon Inlet north to the Virginia line was a bit more productive. Anglers there caught their bag limits of Spanish mackerel with some bluefish mixed in. Most catches came in short term, high volume blitzes, and only the lucky few happened to be there at the right time.

For the fishing year, all owners/operators of vessels recreationally fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (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 Angling permit. This permit has replaced the Atlantic tunas Angling category permit. In North Carolina, additional Highly Migratory Species harvest reporting requirements are also in place. To obtain a permit go to: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/permits_reporting/index.html

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. Make sure you properly identify the mackerel you are catching. (Tips here)

A recreational fishing license went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 for all of the state's coastal and ocean waters.

Click here for the latest seasons, size and bag limits.

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

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