Southern District Fishing Report —
Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties
Contact: Dennis Trowell (Dennis.Trowell@ncdenr.gov)
For the week of Aug. 15-21
Ocean: Offshore fishing improved with anglers catching decent numbers of wahoo and blackfin tuna. Anglers targeting bottom fish caught a wide range of reef fish from scamp, red and gag groupers to hogfish, vermilion snapper and sea bass. Closer to shore, anglers targeting king mackerel in the 10- to 15-mile range caught a few king mackerel, along with a decent number of sailfish. Nearshore reefs produced flounder and some large red drum.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing improved some with anglers landing some nice flounder, drum and spotted sea trout. Area hot spots included the Little River Rock Jetty and the Cape Fear River. Sheepshead and black drum were caught around area docks and bridges. The ADM dock in the Cape Fear River produced some nice catches. The shoals off Bald Head Island continued to produce some tarpon with one boat catching two in one day.
Piers/Shore: Area piers saw improvements with good catches of black and red drum, along with some nice sea mullet and flounder. Good numbers of tarpon were caught on some area piers with one pier on Topsail landing four in one day, along with some other tarpon hook ups. Surf fishermen caught good numbers of black and red drum on mole crabs and fresh shrimp.
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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