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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.

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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 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 May 18-24

Ocean: The blue marlin bite was good out of Hatteras. Dolphin fishing was good out of Hatteras and Oregon inlets. Anglers trolling along weed lines and temperature breaks landed fish up to 40 pounds. Yellowfin tuna action remained good out of Oregon Inlet. Anglers landed their limits, or near their limits, of nice yellowfins on a daily basis. Good numbers of bigeye tunas were landed out of Oregon Inlet. Bigeyes hit the scales weighing up to 190 pounds. Anglers trolling also caught blackfin tuna and wahoo. Bottom fishing produced good catches of sea bass and triggerfish. Amberjacks were available on most offshore structure. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel were landed along the beaches. Sightcasters landed lots of cobia. Cobia weighing up to 95 pounds were taken out of both Hatteras and Oregon inlets.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers reported good fishing around the inlets. Red drum of all sizes were landed in fair numbers on cut bait and artificial jigs. Most of the fish were being caught along the edges of shallow shoals. A few flounder were landed by anglers drifting live bait through the channels. Bluefish were caught in big numbers at both Oregon and Hatteras inlets. Anglers trolling small spoons are catching all the bluefish they wanted in the 1- to 4-pound range. A few speckled trout were caught in the local sounds. Anglers fishing at the Little Bridge saw a few nice specs in the early morning and late evening hours. Those fishing at Oregon Inlet Bridge had good catches of bluefish.

Piers/Shore: Surf and pier fishing was good. Anglers fishing the surf caught sea mullet and a few pompano. Large red drum were landed around Cape Point. A few cobia were landed in the same area. Anglers throwing metal caught good numbers of bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Pier anglers also landed lots of bluefish and a few Spanish mackerel. A few speckled trout and puppy drum were landed in close to shore. Artificial jigs fished in low light conditions produced the best catches. Those fishing the bottom had good catches of sea mullet. Anglers also landed some spot and black drum.


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