Northern District Fishing Report — Contact: Brian Melott (Brian.Melott@ncdenr.gov)
Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties
For the week of Sept. 12-18Ocean: The effects of Tropical Storm Julia limited fishing, especially for the offshore anglers, but the days before the storm offered good catches. Those fishing out of Hatteras caught citation-size wahoo. Billfish catches were good and diverse with sailfish and both blue and white marlin reported. Anglers also caught moderate numbers of dolphin and yellowfin and blackfin tuna. Nearshore success was fair with Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and spotted seatrout being most prevalent catch. Those fishing the Gulf Stream out of Oregon Inlet caught their limits of dolphin on most trips, as well as moderate amounts of citation-size wahoo, yellowfin tuna (some of the tuna weighed in excess of 70 pounds) and a few blackfin tuna. Nearshore catches were also good. Anglers caught bluefish, Spanish mackerel and little tunny (false albacore) daily.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing in this area continued to improve. Fishing the sound out of Hatteras produced plenty of over-the-slot, citation-size red drum, as well as some legal-size fish. Anglers caught weakfish, bluefish, spotted seatrout, and Spanish mackerel with more regularity than in previous weeks. Those fishing the more northern rivers and sounds caught bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and spotted seatrout in high numbers. They also caught red drum, oyster toadfish, silver perch, searobin, pigfish, pinfish, puffer, spot, croaker, black seabass, kingfish, and flounder in lower amounts.
Piers/Shore: Tropical storms have kept the seas rough and limited access for these anglers. Those fishing on the more southern beaches caught only a few bluefish, Spanish mackerel, red drum, kingfish, and undersize flounder. Anglers fishing the more northern beaches had a little better luck. They caught little tunny (false albacore) daily. Using surface plugs and lures made for some exciting top water action. Anglers also caught croaker, kingfish, red drum, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, sheepshead, flounder and striped burrfish.
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
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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 fishing license went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 for all of the state's coastal and ocean waters.
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