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NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
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 Oct. 8-14

Ocean: Offshore fishing remained somewhat slow for this time of year. The fall wahoo fishing was a little off, with most boats catching from one to three fish per trip, along with a few blackfin tuna and sailfish releases. Bottom fishing was off a little, as well, but there were some nice catches of vermilion snapper and black sea bass, along with a few gag, scamp, and red groupers. Closer to shore, the king mackerel fishing was non-existent. Anglers were unable to find any fish from the beaches out to the 20-mile range. Spanish mackerel and bluefish were being caught along area beaches. Flounder were caught on the nearshore reefs.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing in these waters improved. Anglers caught good numbers of large drum at the Masonboro and Little River rock jetties. Some spotted seatrout were starting to show up in the usual places for this time of year, such as Greens Channel and Carolina Beach Inlet. Sheepshead and black drum were caught around docks and jetties. The ADM Dock in the lower Cape Fear River was a good spot for both. Flounder were biting, as well. The best catches came from the Intracoastal Waterway from Topsail to Carolina Beach.

Piers/Shore: Weather conditions due to the remnants of Hurricane Michael slowed fishing and even damaged a few piers. Anglers caught a few spots, along with some nice sea mullet and pompano. When the water conditions were favorable, a few pier anglers saw good catches of Spanish mackerel. Anglers fishing from the surf had good catches of sea mullets, along with some big pompano, and a few red drum and black drum.


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)

A 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.

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