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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 June 22 - 28

Ocean: Offshore catches were consistent with yellowfin, blackfin and bigeye tuna's, along with dolphin, amberjack and wahoo. Billfish catches were fair, with mostly blue marlin and a few sailfish and white marlin. Mid-range bottom fishing was good with catches of triggerfish, black sea bass and tautog. Cobia and over the slot sized red drum catches have fallen off, but a few nice fish were landed.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers caught a lot of bluefish with very little effort throughout the area with some Spanish mackerel mixed in the catch. Flounder fishing was moderate with improved keeper ratios. Oregon Inlet bridge pilings offered nice catches of black drum, sheepshead, spadefish and Atlantic needlefish. Anglers fishing off of the Little Bridge and underneath the Washington Baum Bridge had some nice catches of spotted seatrout, with early morning and late evening yielding the bulk of the catches.

Piers/Shore: Very large sea mullet and pompano were landed recently. Sand fleas (mole crabs) were the choice bait for both of these with the backwash of the surf zone producing the bulk of the catches. Spoons continued to produce nice catches of bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Spot, croaker, pinfish, pigfish, black drum, banded rudderfish, puffers, sharks and rays were caught in lesser amounts.

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