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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)

For the week of Aug. 7-13

Ocean: Offshore fishing was very good. Anglers fishing out of Hatteras had excellent billfish catch and release action consisting mostly of sailfish and a few white and blue marlins. Wahoo fishing was the best it had been in recent memory. Almost everyone that targeted them caught several citation size fish, a few of them were weighing more than 70 pounds. Anglers also caught some blackfin tuna and a few yellowfin tuna and dolphin. Nearshore fishing was fair and consisted mostly of Spanish mackerel and bluefish, but fewer fishermen tried these waters because catches were better elsewhere. Anglers fishing offshore out of Oregon Inlet had good catches, also. Billfish anglers caught the full spectrum, including sailfish, blue marlin and white marlin. Dolphin catches out of Oregon Inlet were much better than for those fishing out of Hatteras. Fishermen caught their limits on a regular basis, along with a few very large bigeye tuna, blackfin and yellowfin tuna. Spanish mackerel and bluefish continued to dominate nearshore catches, and anglers caught their bag limits of both on some occasions. They also caught plenty of giant over-the-slot red drum. Triggerfish, bullet mackerel, amberjack, and little tunny were caught in moderation.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers fishing the waters from Hatteras to Oregon Inlet saw decent catches of red drum, ranging from very small “puppy drum” to over-the-slot giants caught in very high numbers. Moderate numbers of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, spotted seatrout, kingfish (sea mullet), and a few cobia offered anglers diversity. Those fishing from Oregon Inlet north caught their bag limits of very large spotted seatrout. Flounder catches continued to improve with much better keeper to discard ratios than in previous weeks. The shallow water areas near the shoreline yielded the bulk of the catches. Fishing the pilings of the Oregon Inlet bridge offered plenty of sheepshead with a few spadefish and tautog mixed in. Other species caught in lesser amounts included striped bass, kingfish, black seabass, lizardfish, croaker, sea robin, and Atlantic cutlassfish.

Piers/Surf: Fishing the surf and piers continued to be slow with only a few exceptions. Anglers fishing from Avon to Ocracoke caught some very large pompano on some days but it was hit or miss. Mole crabs were the bait of choice for fishing the very nearshore surf zone. Anglers also caught low numbers of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and kingfish. North of Avon, catches were slow except for a lot of very small croakers and a few pigfish, pinfish and striped bass.

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 Speciesharvest 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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