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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.

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 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.


Southern District Fishing Report:

For the week ending July 5

Ocean: Offshore, windy conditions again hampered fishing. When boats were able to get out, they brought back good catches of bottom fish, such as scamp and gag groupers,and black sea bass. They also caught their limits of vermilion snapper. Fishermen trolling live baits 10 to 20 miles from shore caught king mackerel, dolphin, amberjacks and cobia, along with a handful of sailfish. Near-shore reefs yielded good numbers of flounder and spadefish.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Fishing slowed some, with the best catches coming in the early morning hours. Boats brought in typical summertime mixed bags of fish that included flounder, trout and drum, along with some really nice sheepshead. Anglers were also catching tripletail around crab pot buoys in the Cape Fear River.

Pier/Shore: Anglers fishing from area piers and beaches caught a little of everything. Red and black drum, along with some keeper-size flounder, were reported. Anglers fishing from the beach caught low numbers of sea mullet, pompano and red and black drum using mole crabs for bait.


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