Northern District Fishing Report — Contact: Brian Melott (Brian.Melott@ncdenr.gov)
Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties
For the week of June 20-26
Ocean: Hatteras anglers had a tough time offshore with scattered catches of dolphin, blackfin tuna and wahoo observed on most days. Sailfish releases were a bright spot. Nearshore anglers had much better luck with moderate to good catches of Spanish mackerel, along with limits of red drum on most outings. Kingfish, spotted seatrout and cobia were also caught. Offshore fishing out of Oregon Inlet was very good with plenty of citation sized bigeye tuna in the 100-160-pound range. Good numbers of very large yellowfin tuna and dolphin hit the docks, along with a few scattered blackfin tuna, wahoo and sailfish releases. Nearshore catches were dominated by amberjack and bluefish for the most part with a few cobia, red drum and flounder reported, as well.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Decent numbers of red drum, spotted seatrout, kingfish and spot were caught on a daily basis. Northern region catches were more diverse with bluefish and kingfish being most common. Flounder fishing made a noted improvement with some nice keeper fish caught in the shallow water near barrier islands and the shoreline around the Bodie Island lighthouse area. Black seabass, croaker, weakfish, puffer, striped bass, pinfish and pigfish were also caught.
Piers/Surf: South beach area fishermen caught plenty of very large kingfish (sea mullet) and citation sized pompano in the surf zone area with sand fleas being the bait of choice. Red drum, including some very large over-slot fish, were taken by beach fishermen, as well. North beach catches were dominated by limits of blitzing bluefish if you were lucky enough to be there for the short term, but intense action. A mixed bag of species were caught in low amounts including Atlantic croaker, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, blue runner, striped burrfish, pigfish, pinfish, dogfish, cutlassfish, skates and stingrays.
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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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632