Southern District Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties
Contact: Dennis Trowell
For the 2011 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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For the week of Nov. 19-25
Ocean: Boats fishing in the Gulf Stream saw good catches of wahoo and blackfin tuna when weather permitted. Anglers targeting king mackerel caught fish 30- to 40-miles from shore. Those fishing the bottom in the same general area caught good numbers of gag grouper, along with some black sea bass, vermilion snapper and triggerfish. Near-shore reefs produced some flounder and good numbers of gray trout.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Spotted seatrout were what most fishermen were targeting, and they had some success. The Little River rock jetty and the Masonboro rock jetty were where most anglers concentrated their efforts. The Cape Fear River north of Snow's Cut was productive. Anglers also targeted striped bass in the river, mostly around the downtown Wilmington area.
Piers/Shore: Anglers fishing on area piers caught mostly sea mullets and puffers, along with some bluefish. Surf fishermen caught some sea mullets, along with spotted seatrout and red drum.
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