Northern District Fishing Report — Contact: Brian Melott (Brian.Melott@ncdenr.gov)
Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties
For the week of Oct. 10-16 Ocean: Hatteras anglers caught yellowfin tuna and wahoo, along with a few dolphin and blackfin tuna. Nearshore trips were non-existent for the most part. Offshore catches out of Oregon Inlet included limits of yellowfin tuna, scattered dolphin and wahoo. Billfish catch and release action was good with almost exclusively sailfish being reported. Nearshore fishing was dominated by red drum of all sizes along with a few spotted seatrout, sheepshead and undersized striped bass.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Extensive flooding and damaged ramps and launch sites have limited fishing to a great extent. Southern region fishing out of Hatteras was at a very low activity level. Northern area catches were better primarily due to easier access with nice catches of both spotted seatrout and red drum of all sizes, along with a few undersized striped bass.
Beach/Pier: Seas remained rough and unsettled after Hurricane Matthew’s departure and the ongoing surge from Hurricane Nicole. Red drum dominated the catches from north to south throughout the adverse weather conditions and continued to do so with red drum of all sizes including some very large over-slot giants! Assorted others were caught in low to moderate amounts. Catches included spotted seatrout, croaker, kingfish, flounder and spot.
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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