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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 Oct. 1-8
 

Ocean: Offshore fishing out of Hatteras offered a variety of species in moderation. Anglers caught yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, dolphin, barracuda and citation-size wahoo. Billfish catches were few and varied. Bottom fishing continued to consistently produce high numbers of triggerfish and vermillion snapper. Nearshore fishing effort was minimal because there was better fishing elsewhere. Only a few amberjack and king mackerel were caught. Offshore anglers out of Oregon Inlet caught moderate numbers of blackfin tuna and dolphin, along with a few yellowfin tuna and assorted billfish. Nearshore, anglers caught their limits of spotted seatrout and red drum of all sizes, along with plenty of undersize striped bass.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers fishing between Hatteras and Oregon Inlet caught their limits of spotted seatrout and red drum, bluefish, flounder and weakfish. From Oregon Inlet northward, anglers also caught their limits of spotted seatrout, striped bass and red drum along with plenty of undersize throwbacks of all three species. Flounder and kingfish (sea mullet) catches increased somewhat and the flounder keeper ratio improved. Low numbers of other species were also caught, including pinfish, pigfish, sea robin, black seabass, skates and rays.

Piers/Shore: Fishing along Hatteras was a bit slow. Anglers caught low numbers of diverse species. Farther north, catches improved from previous weeks. Anglers caught and released over-the-slot red drum daily, some weighing 60 pounds or more. Anglers also caught spot, kingfish, black drum, striped bass and croaker in moderation.


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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