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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 14-20

Ocean: Offshore anglers fishing out of Hatteras and targeting billfish did very good catch with release of blue marlin, along with a few white marlin and sailfish. Those targeting species for table fare caught high numbers of dolphin, including a few citation-size fish, along with moderate amounts of blackfin tuna, a few scattered wahoo, and king mackerel. Offshore action out of Oregon Inlet was excellent with plenty of citation-size bigeye tuna weighing between 100 pounds 200 pounds. Anglers also caught moderate amounts of yellowfin tuna, including a few citation-size fish, and a few blackfin tuna. Nearshore fishing out of Hatteras continued to be slow with most anglers concentrating their efforts on offshore and inshore trips. Nearshore activity out of Oregon Inlet was a bit more productive with catches of a few legal-size and plenty of undersize cobia, as well as scattered catches of bluefish and Spanish mackerel.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing out of Hatteras consistently produced good catches of over-slot red drum along with moderate numbers of legal fish. Additional catch included seemingly endless amounts of cownose rays and Atlantic stingrays, plenty of small, undersize cobia, scattered Spanish mackerel, and bluefish. Anglers fishing from Oregon Inlet north caught legal size cobia on a regular basis along with very high numbers of undersized fish. A few other species were caught with regularity including silver perch, weakfish (gray trout), pigfish, pinfish, and kingfish (sea mullet). Early morning anglers fishing the Roanoke Sound at the Little Bridge and the Washington Baum Bridge had good success catching black drum, spotted seatrout, and spot.

Piers/Shore: From north to south, kingfish (sea mullet) were the most abundant catch with croaker and spot caught with increased frequency. Additionally, large bluefish were available in the backwash of the surf zone for short periods at a time. A mixed bag of assorted other species were also caught in lower 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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