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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 July 8-14

Ocean: Offshore success out of Hatteras made a rebound after a previously slow week. Limits of dolphin were a daily event complimented by moderate amounts of wahoo, blackfin tuna, king mackerel and barracuda. Billfish catches made a modest improvement in frequency. Near shore action remained slow with the exception of a few Spanish mackerel. Gulfstream access via Oregon Inlet was very productive with limits of yellowfin tuna on most outings. Very large bigeye tuna continued to make their presence known, along with moderate amounts of dolphin and a few scattered wahoo and assorted billfish. Near shore anglers caught high numbers of both bluefish and Spanish mackerel on a daily basis, along with improved flounder catches, little tunny and assorted other species.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing waters from Hatteras northward to Oregon Inlet was fair to good on most days. Spanish mackerel and bluefish remained the most prevalent species, but the big news was much improved flounder catches with most being legal keepers. Spotted seatrout catches were inconsistent with some days yielding limits and other days none at all. Oregon Inlet and northward was good for anglers targeting spotted seatrout with much more consistent catches than their Hatteras counterparts. Flounder catches improved with plenty of legal-sized fish caught. Red drum and kingfish (sea mullet) were caught in moderation, along with a mixed bag of other species in low amounts.

Piers/Shore: South beach anglers caught Spanish mackerel, along with a few pompano and sea mullet. North beach anglers had a bit more regularity with bluefish blitzes happening on a semi-regular basis. Keeper-sized flounder were caught from piers and beaches in the very near surf zone, along with moderate amounts of kingfish, pompano and spot.


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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