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Northern District: Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties

Contact: Nicholas Harvey

For the 2012 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 Sept. 9-14

Ocean: Offshore anglers experienced a fair week of fishing. Dolphin fishing was fair out of Oregon and Hatteras inlets. The majority of the dolphin were bailers with a few gaffers in the mix. The yellowfin tuna bite was fair. Anglers landed nice yellowfins in the 40- to 60-pound range. Anglers also landed blackfin tuna and wahoo. The best wahoo action was out of Hatteras. Anglers landed their limits of wahoo on a regular basis. Billfish action was fair, as well. Anglers caught and released blue and white marlin on a daily basis. Sailfish were released on a daily basis, too. Bottom fishing produced good numbers of blueline tilefish and triggerfish. Amberjacks were plentiful on most any offshore structure. Live bait and vertical jigs were the baits of choice. Anglers fishing along the shore landed good numbers of Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Trolling small spoons produced the best catches.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Inlet anglers reported good fishing. Flounder fishing was fair overall. Anglers landed good numbers of flounder, and quite a few fish were legal size. Live bait fished on a Carolina rig produced the best catches. Anglers also landed fish using Gulp bait. Red drum were still caught around the inlets and in all sizes. Artificial jigs and cut bait produced the bulk of the catches. Anglers landed red drum around shallow water shoals, as well as around grass beds. Bottom fishing produced catches of sea mullet and croakers. Anglers fishing at the Oregon Inlet bridge caught sheepshead and black drum. Speckled trout were caught throughout the local sounds, and anglers reported higher numbers of keeper-size fish.

Piers/Shore: Pier and surf anglers had a good week of fishing. Surf anglers caught good numbers of nice sea mullet, and sand fleas proved to be the best bait for the larger fish. Red drum were landed along all beaches with the bulk of the catches coming from the Cape Point area. Anglers using Gotcha plugs and sting silvers landed Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Anglers saw better catches around daylight and dusk. Bottom fishing on the piers produced fair catches of spot and sea mullet.

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