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Marine Fisheries - Northern District

Marine Fisheries

Northern District Fishing Report —
Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties

8-point rule

 

Contact: Brian Melott (Brian.Melott@ncdenr.gov)

For the week of Sept. 9-15

Ocean: Post Dorian recovery limited fishing to some extent, but anglers managed to test the post-storm waters. Offshore activity out of Hatteras was low, but the few that went had decent catches. Moderate amounts of dolphin and citation-sized wahoo were the most prevalent, along with a few scattered yellow and blackfin tuna and assorted billfish. Nearshore activity was very low and uneventful. Offshore access via Oregon Inlet was a bit more productive with limits of dolphin being caught. Wahoo were caught in moderation with plenty of citation-sized fish caught. Billfish catch and release action showed marked improvement with plenty of sailfish and blue and white marlin being caught. Nearshore action for these anglers was much better than their Hatteras counterparts, with most species being caught in low to moderate amounts, but variety was diverse including cutlassfish, triggerfish, red drum, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, pinfish, croaker, kingfish and sheepshead.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Hatteras northward to Oregon Inlet experienced low activity due to post storm recovery, the few that did venture out had decent catches of spotted seatrout, along with a host of other species in low amounts. Oregon Inlet northward offered limits of spotted seatrout. Moderate amounts of Spanish mackerel and bluefish were a daily staple, along with much improved catches of very large weakfish and over-slot red drum.

Piers/Shore: South beach anglers caught some very large Spanish mackerel with bluefish mixed in on most occasions. Kingfish (sea mullet) and pompano were also caught on a semi-regular basis. North beach success was good for spotted seatrout with timing being most important. They were a bit more predictable early morning and just before nightfall yielding the bulk of the catches. Bluefish and large spot were also caught with increased regularity.


For the fishing year, all owners/operators of vessels recreationally fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (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 Angling permit. This permit has replaced the Atlantic tunas Angling category permit. In North Carolina, additional Highly Migratory Species harvest reporting requirements are also in place. To obtain a permit go to: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/permits_reporting/index.html


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 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.

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