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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 July 9-15

Ocean: Success of offshore fishing out of Hatteras slowed. Billfish catches were the most consistent and dolphin catches were hit-or-miss with anglers catching possession limits on some outings and few catches on others. Bottom fishing produced a fair catch of triggerfish and grouper along with a few blueline tilefish and black seabass. Nearshore anglers caught amberjack and almaco jack in moderation. Offshore fishing out of Oregon Inlet was dominated by billfish catches with a few dolphin, similar to Hatteras catches. The tuna bite dropped off, but a few citation size yellowfin were still hitting the dock, as were a few wahoo. Nearshore activity was low.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing between Hatteras and Oregon Inlet offered plenty of bluefish. Also, red drum fishing was fair and catches came in a full spectrum of sizes from “puppy drum” up to over-the-slot-limit giants. A few cobia and Spanish mackerel were caught, as well. From Oregon Inlet north, anglers caught a variety of species including Atlantic cutlassfish, sheepshead, red drum, flounder, kingfish, striped bass, croaker, spot, and weakfish.

Piers/Shore:
Anglers fishing the beach south of Hatteras caught kingfish (sea mullet) and bluefish, along with very large pompano. In more norther areas, beach catches were dominated by bluefish, with red drum, kingfish, croaker, spot, black drum, stingrays, and spadefish caught in moderation.


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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