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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

For the week of Oct. 20-26

Ocean: Offshore anglers experienced a fair week of fishing. A few dolphin were landed out of Oregon and Hatteras inlets. The yellowfin tuna bite was fair, as well. Anglers landed a few yellowfins in the 20-pound to 40-pound range. Anglers also landed blackfin tuna and wahoo. The best wahoo action was out of Hatteras. Anglers caught and released a few blue and white marlin. 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 bluefish by trolling small spoons.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Inlet anglers reported fair fishing. Flounder fishing was fair. Anglers landed good numbers of flounder, many of legal size, using live bait fished on a Carolina rig. Red drum were caught around the inlets by fishermen using artificial jigs and cut bait. The best red drum catches came to anglers who concentrated their efforts around the shallow water shoals. Bottom fishing produced catches of sea mullet and spot. Anglers fishing at Oregon Inlet bridge landed sheepshead and black drum. Speckled trout were caught throughout the sounds, and anglers reported more keeper-sized fish.

Piers/Shore: Pier and surf anglers experienced another good week of fishing. Anglers caught lots of bluefish on clear water days using metal jigs. Anglers fishing on the bottom were rewarded with great catches of spot. Citation-sized red drum were landed from the ends of the piers, and anglers fishing the surf zone and the beaches caught red drum and speckled trout. Surf casters also caught good numbers of sea mullet and spot, and a few pompano were landed.

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