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Northern District —
Dare, Hyde, Currituck and Beaufort Counties

Contact: Brian Melott (Brian.Melott@ncdenr.gov)

For the 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.

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 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 Fishing Report

For the week of Aug. 24-30

Ocean: Limits of dolphin were landed by most anglers heading offshore, billfish catches improved significantly with some boats returning with a "Grand-Slam" catch of sailfish and both blue and white marlin. The Hatteras offshore action picked up with citation size wahoo and plenty of blackfin tuna, along with other assorted tuna's. Midrange/near-shore trips yielded a few over-slot red drum, along with high volume catches of both Spanish mackerel and bluefish.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers struggled to catch a few undersized flounder and trout. Spot, croaker, pigfish and sea mullet were caught in moderation. Manns Harbor/Mashoes anglers caught a few undersized striped bass. Anglers fishing in the Roanoke Sound during the early morning hours managed to catch a few spotted seatrout and weakfish.

Piers/Shore: Beaches from Avon southward produced some decent catches of Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Pompano and sea mullet were available in the near-shore surf zone with sand fleas being the bait of choice. A host of others were caught in less amounts including lizardfish, black drum, sheepshead, dogfish sharks, pinfish, spot, pigfish, croaker, blue runner, silver perch, cutlassfish, puffer, weakfish, spotted seatrout, skates and assorted rays.

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