Northern District Fishing Report — Contact: Brian Melott (Brian.Melott@ncdenr.gov)
Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties
For the week of Aug. 15-21Ocean: Offshore success slowed somewhat from the previous week. While boats of Ocracoke and Hatteras saw diverse species, the numbers were low. Anglers most commonly caught wahoo, dolphin and blackfin tuna with a few billfish releases. Offshore bottom fishing yielded blueline tilefish, triggerfish and a few amberjack. Nearshore action was a bit more consistent. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel were almost guaranteed, and there were a few sheepshead, weakfish, spot, cobia and over-the-slot limit red drum, as well. Anglers fishing offshore out of Oregon Inlet had better luck. They caught their bag limits of dolphin and blueline tilefish on most trips, and there were a few wahoo and yellowfin and blackfin tuna, too. Nearshore fishing was good on most days. Anglers caught their bag limits of spotted seatrout and a few citation-size cobia. Anglers also caught low numbers of amberjack, black seabass, little tunny and assorted other fish.
Inelts/Sounds/Bays: Fishing these waters in the Hatteras region yielded over-the-slot-size red drum in good numbers. Farther north, most anglers had luck targeting flounder. Behind the Bodie Island Light and along Off Island access has been the hot spot for doormat-size flounder. While access can be tough, the shallow water areas near shorelines have yielded the best catches. Anglers also caught black seabass, sea robin, croaker, lizardfish, pinfish, pigfish, puffer, spot and assorted sharks.
Piers/Beach: Pier and beach fishing has solidly taken on a summertime pattern. From north to south along the Outer Banks. catcjes consisted of a few bluefish, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, croaker, spot and pompano.
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 Species harvest reporting requirements are also in place. To obtain a permit go to: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/permits_reporting/index.html
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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.
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