Southern District Fishing Report —
Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties
Contact: Dennis Trowell (Dennis.Trowell@ncdenr.gov)
For the week of July 11-17
Ocean: Offshore fishermen brought back their limits of vermilion snapper along with a wide range of reef fish, such as rainbow runners, gray triggerfish, various porgies, amberjacks and some groupers (mostly scamps). Anglers targeting king mackerel had a slow go of it, but some were caught in the 10- to 20-mile range along, as were a few dolphin and cobia. Fishing nearshore reefs produced flounder, spadefish and large red drum.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing was somewhat slow. Anglers brought in a mixed bag of fish consisting of red and black drum, flounder, trout and sheepshead. The best catches came from the Cape Fear River from downtown Wilmington to Southport and at the Little River Rock Jetty. Anglers targeting tarpon caught good numbers off the tip of Baldhead Island and, at night, behind Battery Island in the Cape Fear River. Large red drum started to show around area inlets, such as Wrightsville Inlet and Carolina Beach Inlet.
Piers/Shore: Fishing was typical for this time of year, with anglers catching bottom fish, such as spot, croaker, sea mullets and pompano. Anglers using live shrimp and minnows on Carolina rigs had a little more luck catching keeper-sized red and black drum, as well as legal-sized flounder. Surf fishermen reeled in pompano, sea mullets, red and black drum 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
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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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