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Marine Fisheries - Northern District

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Northern District: Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties

Contact: Nicholas Harvey

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

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 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.


Northern District Fishing Report

For the week of Nov. 17-23

Ocean: Offshore fishing was limited due to bad weather. Anglers reported fair fishing when they were able to access the Gulf Stream. Anglers leaving from Oregon Inlet reported fair yellowfin tuna catches. Those trolling landed a few 25- to 40-pound yellowfin tuna. Blackfin tuna catches were also good.  Anglers out of both Oregon and Hatteras inlets saw some wahoo action. Those leaving Hatteras Inlet, who fished live bait, experienced great king mackerel fishing, catching their limits of fish weighing up to 40 pounds. Those fishing the bottom were rewarded with triggerfish and blueline tilefish, and those trolling along the beaches had fair catches of bluefish.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Inlet anglers reported slow fishing. Rough water and cold air temperatures kept them off the water most of the week. Anglers did land a handful of red drum, fishing cut bait along shoals. Flounder fishing was slow, as well, but those fishing at bridges reported fair catches of striped bass. The best of the action came from the Mann’s Harbor area. At Oregon Inlet bridge, anglers landed a few black drum and tautog.

Piers/Shore: Fishing was slow on the piers and in the surf due to unfavorable weather and water conditions. Anglers were mostly limited to bottom fishing most of the week. Anglers landed a few croakers and sea mullet on the piers, and those fishing cut bait from the ends of the piers landed several citation-size red drum. Along the surf zone, anglers landed speckled trout and puppy drum, as well  as sea mullet and bluefish. Red drum were caught on all beaches.

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