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Marine Fisheries

Coastal Recreational Fishing

Introduction to Coastal Recreational Fishing in North Carolina

Whether you fish in the surf along a sandy beach, from a fishing pier, on sport-fishing boat in the Gulf Stream, or from a jon boat back in the salt marsh, North Carolina offers some of the best and most-varied saltwater fishing you'll ever experience. But before you go, be sure you have the right fishing license.

Recreational Fishing Information for Anglers

Recreational Fishing Size and Bag Limits
Guide to legal recreational saltwater fishing
Recreational Fishing Reports
Find out what's been caught recently in coastal N.C. waters

Artificial Reef Guide
Locations and descriptions of N.C. artificial reefs
Artificial Reef Master Plan
Read and print the artificial reef master plan

Bluefin Tuna and Billfish Permits
Highly Migratory Species reporting information and permits, size limits and measurements

Recreational Fishing Brochures to Read and Print: 
Ethical Angling: A Guide to Responsible Fishing
Hooks, Lines and Sinkers: A Rigging Guide
The Coastal Angling Program

 

Recreational Crabbing:
Regulations and Requirements
Recreational Shrimping:
Recreational Use of Cast Nets
Recreational Gig, Spear and Crossbow Fishing:
Information, Regulations and FAQs

N.C. Coastal Recreational Angler's Guide
Read and print a PDF of this book by DMF
Coastal Recreational Fishing Digest
Coastal Recreational Fishing Online Reporting System
Internet-based electronic reporting system
Fish Identification
Identify saltwater fish found in N.C. waters
State Records
Current N.C. saltwater records

Coastal Recreational Fishing Access Sites
Interactive map of N.C. fishing public access areas

Avoid Hitting Fishing Gear
Tips for avoiding fishing gear on the water

Boating Guides and Publications
N.C. Wildlife Boating Guide and other info.
Boating Access Area Locator

Boating Safety
U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center
Boating Basics Online
National Safe Boating Council

Saltwater Fishing Tournament Information

Why Do We Have Fishing Regulations?

Vehicle Use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Information from the National Park Service

Tide Tables and Weather Forecasts
Links for N.C. locations
Sunrise/Sunset January-June | July-December
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Maps to View and Print 
Maps of COLREGS, designated crab pot 
areas, nursery areas, coastal-joint-inland 
waters, shrimp trawling, etc.
(See also: map listings box on our homepage; scroll to bottom)

Proclamations
Announcements of DMF regulatory changes

News Releases
DMF news releases

Federal, State and Regional Links
Federal and regional fisheries links (NMFS, ASMFC)

Fisheries Rulebook 
Read and print N.C. rules for coastal fishing waters

Fish Stock Status Reports
Current status of important N.C. fisheries

Fisheries Dispute Mediation 
PDFs with process overview and contact information

red drum Purchase Commemorative Prints
Buy a commemorative red drum print by Duane Raver

Fisheries Statistics
Recreational and commercial landings data
Recreational Fishing Landings Statistics

Email Subscriptions
Subscribe to DMF news releases via email

Seafood Safety and Consumption
Safe handling of seafood, environmental toxins, and other links

Documents to Read, View and Print
Alerts, bulletins, rules, statistics and more

Meeting Notices
Public Meetings/Hearings
Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings

Fish Species, FYI

Goliath Grouper
Information on Goliath grouper

Report a Tagged Fish
What to do if you catch a tagged fish

Lionfish Alert
Information on lionfish in N.C. waters

Red Drum
Information on N.C.'s official saltwater fish
See also:
Red Drum Circle Hook Rig

Mackerel Identification
Avoid confusing juvenile kings with spanish mackerel
See also:
King mackerel biological info
Spanish mackerel biological info

Striped Bass Recreational Fishing Regulations
See also:
Striped bass biological info
Striped bass tagging program
Striped Bass Fishery Management Program

Maps / Charts to View and Print
Maps of COLREGS, designated crab pot areas, nursery areas, coastal-joint-inland waters, shrimp trawling, etc. (Also see map listings box on our homepage; scroll to bottom)
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