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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. 17-23

Ocean: Post Hurricane Florence, catches have been slowly improving. Those fishing offshore out saw an improvement in billfish catch-and-release action; they hooked several sailfish, blue marlin and white marlin. Additionally, anglers landed high numbers of dolphin, on most outings, along with moderate amounts of wahoo and barracuda. A few king mackerel and blackfin tuna rounded out the catches. Bottom fishing remained consistent. There were plenty of triggerfish, black seabass, almaco jack, and greater amberjack. Nearshore activity was uneventful. Anglers fishing offshore via Oregon Inlet caught their possession limits of dolphin, wahoo, blackfin tuna, skipjack tuna, and little tunny. Nearshore fishing yielded almost exclusively bluefish and Spanish mackerel, with a few little tunny.

  
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers fishing between Hatteras and Oregon Inlet caught bluefish in moderation along with red drum of all sizes, including some over-slot giants. Catches from Oregon Inlet north consisted of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, flounder, spot, croaker and striped bass.

Piers/Shore: Catches improved from the previous week for those fishing on the beach south of Oregon Inlet, but rough seas continued to be limiting. Anglers caught red drum, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and pompano in lower amounts. Those fishing on the beaches north of Oregon Inlet caught bluefish, with a noted increase in spotted seatrout and striped bass.


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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