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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 May 13-19

Ocean: Offshore was a busy place out of Hatteras with tournament anglers targeting billfish catching and releasing sailfish, blue and white marlin, moderate amounts of wahoo, dolphin, and yellow and blackfin tuna. Nearshore anglers caught an assortment of species. Cobia catches were effortless on some outings while other days yielded none. Spotted seatrout and Spanish mackerel catches were the most consistent, along with a few weakfish, bluefish and cownose rays. Access to the Gulfstream via Oregon Inlet offered limits of dolphin with very little effort, along with low amounts of wahoo and assorted tunas. Nearshore anglers had a field day with cobia and experienced much more consistency than their Hatteras counterparts. Spanish mackerel and bluefish catches continued to increase on a daily basis with large individuals of both species being caught.

 
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Hatteras northward to Oregon Inlet provided plenty of bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Weakfish, kingfish (sea mullet) and over-slot red drum offered some fun fishing.  Oregon Inlet northward anglers primarily caught spotted seatrout with limits of citation sized specimens being caught throughout the area. A few cobia were also caught in these waters.


Piers/Shore: South beach anglers experienced much improved success this week. Bluefish blitzes were a daily event with high numbers being caught, along with a noted uptick of Spanish mackerel mixed in, over-slot red drum, pompano, sheepshead and black drum. North beach catches were not as diverse, but bluefish were almost a sure bet if you had a line in the water regardless of bait or lure you were using. Spotted seatrout were also caught in the early morning and then again just before nightfall.


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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