Southern District Fishing Report —
Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties
Contact: Dennis Trowell (Dennis.Trowell@ncdenr.gov)
For the week of Oct. 10-16
Ocean: Wahoo fishing picked up with boats catching a few, along with good numbers of sailfish and blackfin tuna. Bottom fishing produced limits of vermilion snapper and a few gag, red and scamp groupers. Near shore, fishing was fantastic with anglers catching limits of flounder on the artificial reefs in the one to five-mile range. The king mackerel bite turned on, as well, with anglers catching good numbers of fish along Topsail and New Hanover beaches. The red drum bite was strong with boats catching big numbers of drum in the 30- to 45-inch range fishing around schools of menhaden just off the Brunswick County beaches.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing was fantastic with anglers catching limits of trout throughout the area. Most fish were in the two to three-pound range, but there were a number of fish caught in the five to six-pound range, as well. Red and black drum were caught in area creeks and bays, along with some sheepshead. Flounder fishing was good with most fish caught around creeks off the ICWW and near area inlets.
Piers/Shore: Area piers reported great fishing. Catches included spots, sea mullets, pompano and black and red drum. Anglers caught king mackerel off the ends of the piers with Topsail and New Hanover piers doing well over the weekend. Big Spanish mackerel, along with lots of little tunny, were caught. Anglers fishing from the surf had plenty of action with lots of black and red drum landed, along with flounder, sea mullets and some pompano.
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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