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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. 13-19
 

Ocean: Bad weather continued to limit trips, but offshore catches out of Hatteras were fair on fishable days. Billfish catch-and-release action was excellent. Additionally, wahoo and blackfin tuna were caught in moderation, along with a few dolphin. Nearshore catches were exclusively king mackerel, but anglers caught their limits with relative ease. Fishing out of Oregon Inlet followed similar patterns, with offshore catches including a few citation-size wahoo weighing 70 pounds or more, blackfin tuna, dolphin and a few billfish. Nearshore catches were poor with only a few king mackerel and red drum.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Effort and catch were slow between Hatteras and Oregon Inlet, but anglers caught a few bluefish and spotted seatrout on favorable days. North of Oregon Inlet, fishing was slightly better and included daily catches of legal-size striped bass daily almost everywhere. Assorted other species were caught in low amounts.

Piers/Surf: Catches from piers and the surf were similar all along the coast. Anglers no longer was the high volume red drum catches as earlier in the year, but were still catching keepers on a regular basis. Over-the-slot giants were much more elusive. Anglers fishing beaches north of Hatteras saw a more diverse catch than their south beach counterparts. Silver perch, hake, black drum, kingfish, puffer and spotted seatrout were caught in moderation on favorable days along with assorted other species in low amounts.


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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