Northern District — Contact: Brian Melott (Brian.Melott@ncdenr.gov)
Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties
For the fishing year, all owners/operators of vessels recreationally fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) (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 (HMS) Angling permit. This permit has replaced the Atlantic tunas Angling category permit. In North Carolina, additional HMS harvest reporting requirements are also in place. To obtain a permit go to: http://www.hmspermits.gov.
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 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.
Northern District Fishing Report
For the week of Sept. 21-Oct. 4
High winds, rain and basically bad weather resulted in very few fishing trips during the period. Once the weather clears fishing should begin to pick up, and fall fishing along the Outer Banks is considered by many to be as good as it gets. Surf fisherman and those fishing on piers should have access to may coastal fish such as spot, red drum and trout. Striped bass fishing in Croatan Sound (Manns Harbor) should only improve as water temperatures drop and winter approaches.
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