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North Carolina Regional Saltwater Fishing Report
Northern District  Dare, Hyde, Currituck, & Beaufort Counties
Contact: Eddie Chessick
September 14, 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: Offshore fishing was nonexistent this week due to high winds and heavy seas. Inshore boats did catch some stripers at Oregon Inlet and Croatan Sound.

Headboats: Boats stayed at the dock.

Private Boats:Few boats ventured out this week and those that did caught some puppy drum and striped bass.

Piers:Anglers did show this week, and those that did caught red drum to five pounds and plenty of good sized croaker up to 2 l/4 pounds. Some nice spot were caught as well.

Shore: Surf anglers had it tough this week. Most fish were taken in the Hatteras area with a good number of two pound bluefish at the Inlet.

Central District  Pamlico, Craven, Carteret, & Onslow Counties
Contact: Suzanne Hill
September 14, 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 still slow compared to earlier in the year but boats are still catching snappers, groupers, grunts, jacks, bass , spottail pinfish and etc.

CharterBoats:Saturday was spectacular. Four boats brought in 65 wahoo along with dolphin, and kings. Bottom fishing was great Sunday with large snapper and triggerfish, black bass and grunts.

Private Boats: Both the Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Inlet are chocked full of big bluefish and Spanish Mackerel. Large pigfish are in the Turning basin along with nice fat croakers. There are gray trout around Harkers Island bridge.

Piers: Everything is biting on the piers from big Spanish to big croakers.

Shore: Nothing to report.

Southern District  Pender, New Hanover, & Brunswick Counties
Contact: Dennis Trowell
September 14, 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:Not much fishing activity this week due to weather, boats that did fish, reported black sea bass, red porgies, triggerfish, along with some scamp, red and gag groupers.

CharterBoats:Same story, bad weather keep most boats from getting out, Saturday and sunday were the only days boats were able to get offshore. Stream fishing was good to very good on wahoo's, with several boats catching 10 or more, along with several boats releasing one or more billfish. Bottom fishing boats also did good with catches of groupers, sea bass, grunts, and triggerfish.

Private Boats: Stream fishing was good when boats were able to get out this week. Good catches of wahoo's, both numbers and size were encountered along with some white marlin and sailfish. Heard no reports of any king mackerels being caught in any numbers this week. Inshore, some flounder around snow's cut and the cape fear river, and some decent catches of speckled trout around oak island.

Piers: Not much has change this week. Still seeing a few spanish mackerels being caught over the last few weeks on Pender and New Hanover piers, along with some sea mullets, pompano, and a few spots. Oak island piers report a few flounder, speckled trout, and some drum being caught on live bait in the morning hours. They are starting to see a few spots showing up.

Shore:No Report.

 

 

 

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