Southern District Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties
Contact: Dennis Trowell
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.
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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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Southern District Fishing Report:
For the week of Nov. 10-16
Ocean: Offshore boats fishing in the Gulf Stream caught Wahoos along with some blackfin tunas. Bottom fishing in water depths of 100 to 120 feet produced good catches of vermilion snapper and gag, red, and scamp groupers, along with a wide range of reef fish. Closer to shore, anglers caught good numbers of king mackerel in the 20- to 30-mile range. Near-shore reefs produced some large gray trout, along with a few flounder.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing was good from Topsail Island to the South Carolina line with Greens Channel, Masonboro Sound and the Little River Rock Jetty producing the best catches. Most anglers reported good spotted seatrout fishing in area creeks, rivers and bays, as well. Along with the trout, anglers were still getting some red and black drum with some gray trout mixed in.
Piers/Shore: Piers and surf fisherman reeled in some nice sea mullets along with good numbers of black drum, ranging in size from couple of pounds to well over 50 pounds. Anglers also caught gray and spotted seatrout, flounder and some red drum.
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