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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 Nov. 5-11

Ocean: Weather conditions continued hamper offshore fishing, but anglers out of Hatteras did manage to get out a few days. Catches were almost exclusively of blackfin tuna, with plenty of citation size fish caught. King mackerel were caught in moderation and included a few citation size fish, as well. Additionally, a few wahoo and dolphin were caught. Nearshore activity increased just a bit. Anglers had moderate catches of bluefish and king mackerel. Offshore fishing via Oregon Inlet was slow and included scattered catches of wahoo, dolphin, yellowfin tuna, and blackfin tuna.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Between Hatteras and Oregon Inlet, anglers caught high numbers of spotted seatrout, but few of them were keepers. They also caught moderate amounts of bluefish and over-the-slot red drum and assorted other species. Anglers fishing north of Oregon Inlet caught plenty of striped bass keepers daily. Striper fishing was a great choice on foul weather days because it occurs in more sheltered waters. Spotted seatrout have were caught in high numbers, but, like south of Oregon Inlet, most were undersized.

Piers/Shore: Unfavorable weather did not stop these anglers from trying their luck. North of Oregon Inlet, anglers caught high numbers of undersized spotted seatrout along with a few keepers. Additionally, there was a noted increase in flounder catches. Other species caught included puffers, black drum, and red drum. South of Oregon Inlet, catches were varied and included kingfish, bluefish, pompano, and both red and black drum.


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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