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North Carolina Regional Saltwater Fishing Reports
Northern District  Dare, Hyde, Currituck, & Beaufort Counties
Contact: Eddie Chessick
August 31, 2003

For the 2003 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.
Charterboats: Dolphin fishing was fair to good this week with very scattered yellowfin tuna caught. Several blue marlin were released as well as white marlin and two sailfish.

Headboats: Good flounder fishing was reported. Anglers also caught plenty of croaker and grey trout.

Private Boats: Spanish mackerel and bluefishing were good this week. Several cobia were decked along with some good sized red drum which were released.

Piers: Two cobia were decked with the resurgence of warm water. Fishermen reeled in some nice sea mullet, trigger fish, some keeper founder and the never ending croaker.

Shore: There were sea mullet, pompano and good numbers of spot along the beaches. Quite a few Spanish mackerel were caught up to three pounds at Cape Point. There were also scattered bluefish to five pounds.

Central District  Pamlico, Craven, Carteret, & Onslow Counties
Contact: Suzanne Hill
August 31, 2003
For the 2003 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.
Headboats: Fishing is a little slow although anglers are bringing in a great selection of fish - jacks, spanish, dolphin, grunts, grouper, Spanish, bass and porgies.

CharterBoats:Billfish especially the sailfish are very plentiful. Some boats are flying 5 flags for catching and releasing this fish. Triggerfish, snappers, bass , kings and Spanish are being caught offshore. Those boats fishing the Gulf Stream are bringing in dolphin.

Private Boats: One fisher brought in 4 grouper, all around 30 pounds. He said he had several hits in the grouper trenches that broke his 130 leader. There are red drum in the White Oak River and the ICW. There are red drum in the shallows around Bear Island. Black drum are also reported in the same area. A 3 pound weakfish was caught in the Bear Island area. There are still plenty of Spanish in the Beaufort and Bogue Inlets, around the Cape and down all the beaches. Weakfish are being caught around the Harkers Island Bridge. A 35 pound cobia was captured 5 miles out of Bogue Inlet.

Piers: Spanish are being caught off the ends of piers early morning. The water is finally clearing up and it is full of bait. Small Jumping mullet ran past the Triple S pier last Monday and were caught in a cast net.

Shore: Small bluefish, and tons of pinfish were caught. Red drum were caught around Bear Island.

Southern District  Pender, New Hanover, & Brunswick Counties
Contact: Dennis Trowell
August 31, 2003

For the 2003 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.
Headboats:Good catches of vermilion snapper were seen last week, along with some nice grouper, triggerfish, black sea bass, amberjacks, and king mackerel. All captains noted the water has warmed over the last couple weeks and has become blue in color and this should improve fishing.

CharterBoats:Gulf stream fishing is hit or miss this time of year. The boats that went last week reported fair catches of wahoo's along with some billfish. Full/day charters reported very good king mackerel fishing, with several boats catching limits, along with some nice bottom fish to go along with the catch. Half/day charters are finding spanish mackerels in good numbers along area beaches, and inshore charters are reporting red and black drum in fair numbers, along with a few nice flounders.

Private Boats: Not much has change from last week. There are good catches of king mackerels out around the 23 mile rock area, along with a few dolphin, and the occasional sailfish. Bottom fishing is good for groupers in the 30 to 35 mile range. There were some decent catches of wahoo's this week in the stream, but fishing is slow for the most part. Spanish mackerel are being reported along area beaches on out to a couple of miles. Inshore, flounder fishing improved this week with the improving water conditions. There were some big fish reported around carolina beach, and in the cape fear river this week.

Piers: Fishing has been improving on all area piers with the improving water conditions. Oak island piers report some trout up to five pounds last week. along with some drum, both black and red, and some nice flounder. Pender and New Hanover piers report some nice flounders, drum, and some good size pompano's. Kure beach pier reported five kings caught last week.

Shore:Drum fishing along wrightsville beach at night has produced some good catches of black and red drum, along with some nice pompano's. There were good catches of pompano's along area beaches this week.

 

 

 

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