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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)

Week of Aug. 3-9

OCEAN: Offshore fishing out of Hatteras remained somewhat slow. There were a few wahoo, dolphin, blackfin tuna, and yellowfin tuna, along with scattered billfish releases. Bottom fishing in deep water was quite the opposite, consistently offering high numbers of vermilion snapper, tilefish, triggerfish, blackbelly rosefish, and black seabass. Nearshore catches were fair with inconsistent catches of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and spotted seatrout. Offshore fishing via Oregon Inlet was a bit more productive. Anglers caught the same species as their Hatteras counterparts in slightly higher amounts. Anglers caught their possession limits of blueline tilefish, which to some degree made up for low amounts of traditional offshore fare. Billfish catches modestly improved in frequency. Nearshore anglers could not avoid cutlassfish (ribbonfish) along with a few Spanish mackerel, red drum, and little tunny (false albacore).

INLETS/SOUNDS/BAYS: Fishing from Hatteras to Oregon Inlet offered resurgent catches of spotted seatrout and weakfish when almost everyone with a line in the water caught their limits. Plenty of red drum were caught, including some giant over-slot ones. From Oregon Inlet north, anglers continued to catch their limits of spotted seatrout but with somewhat less frequency than their Hatteras counterparts. Assorted other species were caught in low amounts.

PIER/BEACH: Anglers fishing the southern area beaches caught keeper cobia in the surf zone on a semi-regular basis. They also caught seemingly endless amounts of juveniles red drum. Pompano and croaker were caught in moderation, along with a host of other species in low amounts. Catches along the northern area beaches continued to be dominated by high volume amounts of spot along with moderate amounts of silver perch, kingfish, croaker, sheepshead, flounder, and assorted skates and rays. A mixed bag of other species was also caught in low amounts.


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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