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
For the week of Nov. 23 - 29 Ocean: The weather element continued to be a limiting factor impacting anglers. Offshore anglers out of Hatteras continued to catch high numbers of blackfin tuna, along with moderate amounts of citation sized wahoo and king mackerel. Offshore anglers also caught a few dolphin, barracuda, little tunny and amberjack. Anglers fishing out of the marinas from Oregon Inlet had success, as well, with plenty of citation sized wahoo, along with decent catches of both yellow and blackfin tuna. Nearshore action out of Hatteras was awesome with limits of red drum and spotted seatrout on most outings. Anglers from Oregon Inlet northward landed the same species, just not as many.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: These anglers reported inconsistent catches with some days yielding limits of several species and other days not even getting a bite. Hatteras fishermen enjoyed a good week of fishing with limits of red drum and spotted seatrout on most trips, along with a few bluefish and flounder mixed in. Anglers fishing around Manteo primarily targeted striped bass with very good success rates in most cases. Croatan and Roanoke sounds continued to be the traditional high volume producers with Mann’s Harbor and the Washington Baum Bridge being the “hotspots” with early morning and late evening yielding the best catches. Moderate amounts of spotted seatrout were caught throughout the region.
Piers/Shore: Very large kingfish (sea mullet) were caught on adverse weather days when little else was available. Favorable days produced plenty of flounder and spotted seatrout, however, most were undersized. A mixed bag of species was also caught in low amounts including red and black drum, silver perch, puffer, smooth and spiny dogfish, pinfish, pigfish, skates and stingrays.
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