Southern District —
Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties
Contact: Dennis Trowell (Dennis.Trowell@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.
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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 Recreational Fishing License went into effect Jan. 1, 2007 for all of the state's coastal and ocean waters.
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Southern District Fishing Report:
For the week of Nov. 16-22
Ocean: Due to windy conditions, no boats were able to fish offshore, where fishermen had been catching wahoo in the 40- to 50-pound range, with some really big fish mixed in. The king mackerel fishing was as good as it gets, but with the water temperature falling, fishermen should look for the kings to head out to the 30- to 40-mile range. Anglers also caught flounder and gray trout at the near-shore reefs.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Anglers brought in good catches of red and black drum, along with some flounder and spotted seatrout. The best fishing came around Sunset and Ocean Isle beach, but fish were caught pretty much throughout the area. There were lots of small trout caught in New Hanover and Pender counties. Anglers targeting striped bass around downtown Wilmington did well, too.
Piers/Shore: Area pier fishermen had a great week. Anglers caught their limits of black drum, along with some spotted seatrout and red drum. Surf fisherman also had very good catches of black drum, along with some red drum and a few sea mullets.
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