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Marine Fisheries - Southern District

Marine Fisheries

Southern District Fishing Report —
Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties

8-point rule

 


Contact: Dennis Trowell (Dennis.Trowell@ncdenr.gov)

For the week of Nov. 6-12


Ocean: Offshore, fishing has been very limited due to high winds. Fishing was good for wahoo and reef fish such as red, scamp and gag groupers, along with lots of vermilion snapper. Closer to shore, the king mackerel fishing was on fire. Light House Rock, the Horseshoe, and the Fairway Ledge produced lots of king mackerel over the last couple of weeks with lots of fish in the 30- to 40-pound range. Chances are the fish will have moved farther offshore due to cooler water temperatures when the winds finally layout. Near-shore reefs produced good numbers of flounder, along with good numbers of gray trout.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Nearshore, the fishing was fantastic. Spotted sea trout were caught throughout the area with lots of fish in the 5-pound range. Area hot spots of late have been the Surf city swing bridge, Greens channel, Carolina beach inlet, the bays and creeks behind Bald head island, and the marshes of lower Brunswick county. Along with the trout, lots of red and black drum were caught, as well as some late season flounder. Sheepshead and large adult red drum were caught in good numbers off the ends of both the Masonboro and the Little River rock jetties.

Piers/Shore: Area piers saw some of the best spot runs of the year. Along with the spot, anglers caught red and black drum, sea mullet, pompano and bluefish. There were even a few king mackerel landed off the ends of the piers, but the cooler weather we have been having has cooled the beach water temperature down to the lower 60-degree mark. Surf fishermen have been catching good numbers of slot size red and black drum, along with some sea mullet and bluefish.


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

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)

Arecreational 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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