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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 10-17

Ocean: Offshore fishing out of Hatteras was fair. Anglers caught near their limits of dolphin along with a few blackfin tuna and yellowfin tuna. Wahoo were caught with increased regularity, including few citation fish. Billfish catches were few and almost exclusively sailfish. Bottom fishing produced a moderate number of tilefish and assorted groupers. Nearshore fishing was good on some days with anglers catching their limits of king mackerel. Lower amounts of Spanish mackerel, triggerfish, amberjack, red drum, bluefish, flounder, and spotted seatrout kept things interesting. Anglers fishing out of Oregon Inlet had similar results. Offshore catches included just a few wahoo, but most were citation size giants. Moderate amounts of both yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna were caught along with a few billfish. Nearshore anglers continued to target king mackerel and Spanish mackerel. Amberjack and cobia were caught in moderate amounts.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers fishing the sound from Hatteras to Oregon Inlet had a tough time catching much of anything on most days. Spotted seatrout and red drum were caught in moderation on a few of the morning trips. Fishing the sound from Oregon Inlet northward was a bit more productive. Flounder were caught in the shallow water areas around islands and marshes near the Bodie Island area. Anglers consistently caught sheepshead fishing the south side of the Oregon Inlet bridge next to the pilings. A few spadefish were, caught there, as well. Anglers also landed kingfish, striped bass, red drum, puffer, croaker, spot, pigfish, pinfish, silver perch, and striped burrfish.

Piers/Surf: Fishing remained slow for these anglers. Anglers fishing on the northern beaches caught kingfish, croaker, and a few other fish in low amounts. Those fishing on the southern beaches anglers had just a bit more success. They caught some very large kingfish, a few croakers and spot. Assorted sharks were almost a guarantee with blacktips and spinners being most common.


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 smallking mackerel withSpanish mackerel. King mackerel and spanish mackerel have different size and catch limits. Make sure you properly identify the mackerel you are catching. (Tips here)

Arecreational fishing licensewent into effect Jan. 1, 2007 for all of the state's coastal and ocean waters.

Clickherefor the latest seasons, size and bag limits.

Please note: New reports are usually posted by early Monday afternoon.

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