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Marine Fisheries - Northern District

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Northern District: Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties

Contact: Nicholas Harvey

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 Nov. 10-16

Ocean: Offshore fishing was once again limited due to weather. Anglers fishing from Oregon Inlet reported good numbers of yellowfin tuna catches in the 25- to 40-pound range. Blackfin Tuna were also landed in good numbers, but wahoo catches were scattered. Anglers fishing from Hatteras reported great king mackerel fishing. Fishermen landed their limits of king mackerel weighing up to 45 pounds. Live-lining menhaden was the fishing method of choice. Bottom fishing anglers saw good catches of sea bass and tilefish. Amberjacks remained present around most all offshore structure.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: With water temperatures falling to around 50 degrees, the fishing cooled off as well. Anglers landed a handful of red drum from both Oregon and Hatteras inlets. The fish were biting on cut mullet or menhaden fished around shallow water shoals. Flounder fishing was slow, as well. Anglers reported a handful of keeper flounder that were biting on live minnows fished on a Carolina rig. Striped bass made a fair showing in the Croatan Sound. Anglers landed fish up to 28 inches long by casting bucktails as well as by trolling.

Pier/Surf: Pier and surf anglers reported a slow week of fishing. Pier anglers that bottom fished caught a few sea mullet and croakers. Also, citation-size red drum were landed on the piers from Rodanthe south. Surf casters bottom fishing caught sea mullet and blowtoads. A few slot-size red drum were landed on all beaches. Anglers fishing artificial jigs landed a few speckled trout and puppy drum.

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