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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.

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)

A recreational Recreational 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.


Southern District Fishing Report:

For the week of Aug. 24-30

Ocean: Offshore fishing slowed a little with most anglers targeting wahoo's catching two to three fish. Anglers targeting bottom fish in the 40- to 50-mile range caught good numbers of vermilion snapper, along with some red, scamp and gag groupers. Anglers targeting king mackerel found some fish in the 10- to 20-mile range, along with dolphin, sailfish and lots of amberjacks. Near-shore reefs produced a few flounder and gray trout.

Sounds/Bays/River: Anglers targeting flounders caught a few fish. The best spots have been in the Cape Fear River and the marshes and creeks in lower Brunswick County. Sheepshead and black drum were constant with the best catches coming from the Little River and Fort Fisher rock jetties, as well as the ADM dock.

Pier/Shore: Area piers reported some decent Spanish mackerel and bluefish catches when water conditions were favorable, along with a few pompano, sea mullets, black and red drum. Surf casters caught much the same with some anglers having luck finding mole crabs for bait and catching some nice sea mullets and drum.


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