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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 proper license.

Recreational Fishing Information Links

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

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

Recreational Tuna / Billfish Landings Report

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

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

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)

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

Meeting Notices
Public Meetings/Hearings
Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings

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

News Releases
DMF news releases

N.C. Coastal Recreational Angler's Guide
Read and print a PDF of this book by DMF
Coastal Recreational Fishing Digest

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

Coastal Recreational Fishing Online Reporting System
Internet-based electronic reporting system

Proclamations
Announcements of DMF regulatory changes

Documents to Read, View and Print
Comprehensive list of license fees, license applications, alerts, bulletins, rules, statistics and more

Recreational Fishing Size and Bag Limits
Guide to legal recreational saltwater fishing
Recreational Crabbing:
Regulations and requirements
Recreational Shrimping:
Recreational Use of Cast Nets
Recreational Gig, Spear and Crossbow Fishing:
Information, regulations and FAQs

Email Subscriptions
Subscribe to DMF news releases via email

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

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

Recreational Fishing Reports
Find out what's been caught lately in coastal N.C. waters

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

Saltwater Fishing Tournament Information

Fish Finder
Identify saltwater fish found in N.C. waters

State Records
Current N.C. saltwater records

Fisheries Dispute Mediation 
PDFs with process overview and contact information

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

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

Tide Tables and Weather Forecasts
Links for N.C. locations
Sunrise/Sunset January-June | July-December
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Fisheries Statistics
Recreational and commercial landings data
Recreational Fishing Landings Statistics

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

  Why Do We Have Fishing Regulations?

Fish Information Links

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

 

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