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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 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 July 13-20

Ocean: Offshore anglers experienced a fair week of fishing. Good numbers of dolphin were landed out of Oregon and Hatteras inlets. The majority of the dolphin were school-size fish with some nice gaffers mixed in. The yellowfin tuna bite slowed down, but anglers landed a few in the 30- to 50-foot range. Anglers also landed blackfin tuna and wahoo. Billfish action was up and down over the week, but anglers caught blue and white marlin on a daily basis. Bottom fishing produced good numbers of blueline tilefish and triggerfish. Amberjacks were plentiful on most any offshore structure. 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. Anglers landed good numbers of legal-size flounder. Live bait fished on a Carolina rig produced the best catches. Red drum were still being caught around the inlets on artificial jigs and cut bait. Anglers concentrating their efforts around shallow water shoals did the best. Bottom fishing producing catches of sea mullet and spot. Those fishing at Oregon Inlet Bridge landed sheepshead and black drum. Speckled trout were caught throughout the sounds. The majority of the fish were still on the small side with a few keeper-fish mixed in.

Piers/Shore: Pier and surf anglers experienced another good week of fishing. Anglers caught plenty of bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Low light conditions were the best time for Spanish mackerel. Anglers fishing on the bottom were rewarded with good catches of sea mullet and spot. Anglers fishing the surf zone and from the beaches caught a few red drum. Surf casters caught good numbers of sea mullet and pompano. Lots of citation-size fish were weighed in. The area from Rodanthe to Hatteras produced the best catches. Sand fleas were the bait of choice for the larger fish.


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