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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 Aug. 11-17

Ocean: Offshore anglers experienced a good week of fishing. Anglers fishing from Oregon and Hatteras inlets caught good numbers of dolphin. The majority of dolphin were school-size fish, with some nice gaffers mixed in. The yellowfin tuna bite was slow. Good catches of decent-size blackfin tuna were landed from both Oregon and Hatteras inlets. Wahoo fishing was good, as well, with the best action happening from Hatteras. Billfish action was good. Anglers caught and released 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. 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. Anglers landed good numbers of flounder, and many of the fish were legal size. Live bait fished on a Carolina rig is produced the best catches. Red drum were still being caught around the inlets. 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 catching more keeper-size fish. Swan Quarter area anglers also reported good flounder fishing.

Piers/Shore: Pier and surf anglers experienced a good week of fishing. Water conditions were great, and anglers caught plenty of bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Gotcha plugs and sting silvers caught the bulk of the fish. Anglers fishing on the bottom landed 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. Sand fleas were the bait of choice from the surf. Pier anglers landed several cobia and king mackerel using live baits from the ends of the piers.

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