Northern District — Contact: Brian Melott (Brian.Melott@ncdenr.gov)
Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties
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.
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Northern District Fishing Report
Golden tilefish caught offshore (deepwater) out of HatterasFor the week of April 18 - 25
Ocean: This spring has been tough on offshore anglers, as well as anglers in general due to the frequency of adverse weather. Angling success rates improved last week across the board in all fisheries. Offshore anglers out of the Hatteras marinas caught citation size blackfin tuna in good numbers with relative ease, some fish were just shy of 30 lbs. (large for this species of tuna). Backfin tuna dominated the charter catch through the week. A few yellowfin tuna, Atlantic bonito, dolphin, wahoo and amberjack were also observed. Anglers fishing from Oregon Inlet northward had good success with catches consisting primarily of yellowfin tuna. Limits of yellowfin tuna were caught by most anglers. A few blackfin tuna, wahoo, dolphin and one sailfish release were also reported. Nearshore fishing out of Hatteras yielded some nice triggerfish and black seabass.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing in this area reflected a modest improvement with anglers in Hatteras catching lots of bluefish and little else. Catches were very good some days with anglers landing large numbers of fish. The northern region catches also consisted of plenty of undersized striped bass with the occasional large spotted seatrout.
Piers/Shore: Rough surf limited fishing. Puffers and kingfish (sea mullet) made up the bulk of the catches from north to south with very large fish reported. Moderate amounts of bluefish were also caught along with a few flounder, weakfish, dogfish and some very large cownose rays.
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