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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. 25-31

Ocean: Offshore fishing was good when boats were able to get out. Anglers fishing out of Oregon Inlet enjoyed a decent white marlin bite. Boats released as many as eight fish in a day. Anglers also caught plenty of dolphin, but yellowfin tuna action remained slow. Anglers landed a handful of tunas in the 35- to 60-ound range. The wahoo bite in Hatteras was really good, and boats caught limits of fish on a fairly regular basis, some in the 50-pound range. Dolphin and blackfin tuna were caught, as well. Bottom-fishing anglers caught good numbers of tilefish and triggerfish. Anglers who tried their luck along the beach caught plenty of bluefish and Spanish mackerel.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Flounder fishing remained good over the past week. Anglers caught good numbers of fish and the keeper ratio was pretty good. Live minnows and "gulp" bait are producing the best catches. Anglers trolling in and around the inlets caught some bluefish as well as a few Spanish mackerel. Red drum of all sizes were caught around both Hatteras and Oregon Inlet over the past week. The best action is coming on cut bait and artificial jigs fished on the edges of shoals and grass beds. Speckled trout and puppy drum remain scattered in all local waters. Anglers choosing to fish early and late are finding the best success.

Piers/Shore: Pier and surf anglers were limited due to rough seas and murky water. Bottom-fishing anglers landed a few sea mullet and spot. A few red drum were landed around Oregon Inlet as well as Cape Point. Pier anglers landed a few bluefish on the calmer days. Bottom-fishing anglers reported catches of sea mullet and a few pompano. A few sheepshead were caught by those fishing around the pier pilings using sand fleas.

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