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North Carolina Regional Saltwater Fishing Reports
Northern District  Dare, Hyde, Currituck, & Beaufort Counties
Contact: Eddie Chessick
September 7, 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: Charters fishing the Point had good yellowfin tuna fishing while other boats released several billfish. Farther south, boats had good dolphin fishing.

Headboats: Anglers reeled in plenty of croaker and black sea bass. Some nice triggerfish were reeled in as well.

Private Boats:Spanish mackerel and bluefishing were good this week. Cobia fishing was good as well. Several nice catches of flounder were also made.

Piers:With the clear water, two cobia and a king mackerel were decked. Bluefish and Spanish mackerel were taken on some piers and plenty of short flounder. Remember, ocean flounder in North Carolina have to be at least 15 inches.

Shore: Surf fishermen caught spot, croaker and sea mullet. Some nice bluefish were beached in the Hatteras area.

Central District  Pamlico, Craven, Carteret, & Onslow Counties
Contact: Suzanne Hill
September 7, 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: Catches consist of the usual - spottail pinfish, seabass, grouper, grunts, a few snapper and sharks.

CharterBoats:Storms kept the boats in most of the week.

Private Boats: Very little fishing due to the weather. Spanish mackerel are still in both Beaufort and Bogue Inlet. Nice bluefish are swimming along with them. Redfish are thick in the Whiteoak River and around Bear Island but most fishers are releasing what they catch. Good sized pigfish are being caught in the Inlets and Bogue Sound and around the Cape.

Piers: Small bluefish and good sized Spanish mackerel are being seen along with the usual pinfish, lizardfish and toadfish.

Shore: Nothing to report.

Southern District  Pender, New Hanover, & Brunswick Counties
Contact: Dennis Trowell
September 7, 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:Boats did not fish much this week due to weather and few anglers. Gulf stream trips are producing good catches of bottom fish such as vermilion snapper, grouper, triggerfish, and other assorted bottom fish.

CharterBoats:Slow week due to weather. Stream fishing has been slow for the most part. There were some good catches of wahoo's last week, along with some billfish, but not many boats made the trip due to weather. Full/day charters have been doing good on the king mackerel and bottom fish, and inshore charters report a good week on drum.

Private Boats: Offshore, wahoo's are the main attraction in the stream right now, along with a chance at a billfish. King mackerel were a little more scattered this week than they have been, but there were catches around the 23 mile rock area again this week. There were a good many sailfish also reported this week from people king fishing in the 10 to 20 mile range. Inshore, flounder fishing remained slow for the most part. There were some large fish reported in snows cut and a few in the cape fear river. A good many striped bass were also caught this week out of snows cut. Spanish mackerel fishing was good earlier in the week before seas got sloppy, and it was another good week for drum along the waterway, creeks, rivers, and inlets.

Piers: Fishing continues to improve with the improving water conditions. Spanish mackerel were reported along area piers, with the cleaner, warmer water. Surf city piers reported a couple of kings this week, and oak island piers report some speckled trout early in the morning on live finger mullet.

Shore:Pompano's are the main catch right now, along with some sea mullets and blue fish. There are a good many drum reported in the surf along Pender and New Hanover beaches

 

 

 

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