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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 Sept. 11-17
 

Ocean: Offshore action continued to provide very good catches. Anglers out of Hatteras caught their limits of dolphin along with moderate amounts of citation-size wahoo, a few blackfin tuna, and assorted billfish. Nearshore anglers had sporadic success with Spanish mackerel and amberjack. Anglers fishing the Gulf Stream out of Oregon Inlet caught their limits of dolphin, citation-size bigeye and yellowfin tuna, a few blackfin tuna, and wahoo. Billfish catch and release action was nothing short of fantastic. White marlin was the most commonly caught with slightly fewer blue marlin and sailfish. Nearshore fishing was fair, but diversity was good. Anglers caught moderate amounts of Spanish mackerel, triggerfish, black seabass, and little tunny.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers fishing between Hatteras and Oregon Inlet caught their limits of spotted seatrout and red drum of all sizes on most trips, along with moderate amounts of bluefish. Anglers fishing north of Oregon Inlet primarily targeted spotted seatrout and caught their limits with relative ease. Increased numbers of keeper flounder were caught. Red drum, weakfish, black seabass, pigfish, pinfish, sea robin, puffer, kingfish, croaker, black drum, striped bass, and lizardfish were all added to the bounty.

Piers/Shore: A noted improvement was observed over previous weeks. Red drum arrived and anglers caught moderate numbers up and down the coast. Many were keepers, but there were an equal number of over-the-slot giants. Pompano were still hanging around due to the warm water temperatures. Anglers also caught black drum, sheepshead, kingfish, spot, pinfish, lizardfish, puffer, striped burrfish, skates and stingrays.


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 Speciesharvest 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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