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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.

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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

For the week of Oct. 13-19

Ocean: Offshore anglers experienced a good week of fishing. Fair numbers of dolphin were landed out of Oregon and Hatteras inlets. The yellowfin tuna bite improved out of Oregon Inlet. Anglers landed large yellowfin tuna in the 40- to 70-pound range. Anglers also landed blackfin tuna and wahoo. The best wahoo action came out of Hatteras. Anglers caught their limits of nice wahoo on a fairly regular basis. Anglers landed a few blue and white marlin. Sailfish were released on occasion. Bottom fishing produced good numbers of blueline tilefish and triggerfish. Amberjacks were plentiful on most any offshore structure. Anglers fishing along the shore landed good numbers of bluefish.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Inlet anglers reported good fishing over the past week. Flounder fishing remained good. With favorable water conditions anglers landed a good number of legal sized flounder. Live bait fished on a Carolina rig produced the best catches. Anglers concentrating their efforts around high tide landed the bulk of the fish. Red drum were caught around the inlets. Anglers should concentrate their efforts around shallow water shoals. Cut mullet and menhaden were the bait of choice. Bottom fishing produced catches of sea mullet and spot. Oregon Inlet bridge anglers landed sheepshead and black drum. Swan Quarter-area anglers landed nice-sized flounder.

Piers/Shore: Pier and surf anglers experienced a fair week of fishing. Anglers caught bluefish and Spanish mackerel around the Cape Point area. Low light conditions were the best time for Spanish mackerel fishing. Lead jigs were the go to lure for bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Pier anglers fishing on the bottom were rewarded with good catches of sea mullet and spot. Surf casters caught good numbers of sea mullet over the past week. Rodanthe to Hatteras areas produced the best catches. Sand fleas were the preferred bait of choice for the larger fish. Red drum and speckled trout were landed in the surf zone from Carova to Hatteras. Citation-sized red drum were landed on all piers over the past week.

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