Recreational Fishing Reports

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries interviews anglers throughout the coast to estimate marine recreational fishing catch. The following regional fishing reports are updated weekly and compiled by DMF port agents as they observe and interview fishermen at access sites along the coast — more than 500 anglers are interviewed each week.

Please note: New fishing reports are posted each week during the height of fishing season.

Interested in fisheries statistics, including updated recreational tuna and billfish landings? Learn more on the Fisheries Statistics page.

Regional Reports

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For more information regarding the Northern District Fishing Reports, please contact Brian Melott.

June 10, 2024

Ocean

Offshore fishing out of Hatteras was a bit scrappy, moderate amounts of blackfin tuna hit the docks periodically along with a few wahoo, dolphin, and little tunny. Billfish catch & release action was a bit more productive with mostly blue marlin. Nearshore activity continues to be uneventful due to better opportunities elsewhere. 

Offshore success via Oregon Inlet was good for the most part with yellowfin & bigeye tuna making up the bulk of the catch along with moderate amounts of dolphin and a few wahoo, billfish action made a modest improvement in frequency. Nearshore action continues to be dominated by bluefish including some very large specimens, and Spanish mackerel. Red drum, spotted seatrout, and cobia continue to be caught consistently in moderation.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays

Anglers fishing in these waters have been very happy for the most part with a variety of species being caught. Fishing from Hatteras northward to Oregon Inlet has yielded limits of red drum, bluefish, spotted seatrout, and cobia daily along with moderate amounts of sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, and Atlantic bonito. Oregon Inlet Northward anglers had their catch dominated by large size bluefish in very high numbers with moderate amounts of Spanish mackerel mixed with cobia, spotted seatrout, and red drum. 

Pier/Beach

Fishing from North to South has produced very high numbers of bluefish of all sizes on a daily basis including some very large citation size specimens, spotted seatrout and red drum were caught in moderation on a semi-consistent basis along with a few sheepshead, spot, pinfish, puffers, kingfish, (sea mullet) and assorted other species. 

For more information regarding the Central District Fishing Reports, please contact Jacob Stain.

June 3-9, 2024

Ocean

Ocean: Bottom fishing anglers reeled in gray triggerfish, vermillion snapper, spottail pinfish, and black sea bass. Bonito and Spanish mackerel were active near artificial reefs close to shore. Offshore trolling yielded dolphin, greater amberjacks, barracuda, and little tunny.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays

Anglers had catches of spotted seatrout and red drum in the rivers. There were good catches of bluefish, kingfish (sea mullet) in the sounds.

Piers/Beach

On the piers, anglers primarily hooked Spanish mackerel and bluefish. Kingfish (sea mullet), pompano, and a few other various species were caught.

For more information regarding the Southern District Fishing Reports, please contact Dennis Trowell.

June 3-9, 2024

Ocean

Offshore, the highlight of the week was the blue marlin fishing. Anglers targeting them had high success rates with some boats releasing multiple blue marlins in a day's fishing. The meat fishing was somewhat slower with some blackfin tuna, dolphin and a few wahoo brought to the docks. Anglers targeting reef fish caught some nice scamp, red grouper, and gag grouper in the 40- to 50-mile range, along with a wide variety of reef fish such as vermilion snapper, gray triggerfish, and greater amberjack. Closer to shore, there were some king mackerel and cobia caught from the beaches on out to the 8 to 10-mile range, along with good numbers of Spanish mackerel.

Inlets/Sounds/Bays

Fishing was typical for this time of year. Anglers had fair luck catching sheepshead fishing with mud, fiddler, and mole crabs around the local docks, bridges, and rock jetties. Slot-size red drum, and black drum were caught in decent numbers by anglers fishing in area bays, creeks, and rivers. The spotted seatrout fishing seemed to pick up with good numbers of keeper size fish caught in the lower Cape Fear River.

Piers/Beach

Anglers fishing on area piers had a somewhat slower fishing week. There were still a good number of Spanish mackerel around along with some bluefish. The king mackerel fishing slowed, but there still was some nice fish decked off the pier ends. Bottom fishing yielded low amounts of sea mullet, spot, and a few pompanos. Anglers fishing on Brunswick County piers caught their limits of spotted seatrout, using live shrimp for bait. Anglers fishing from the surf zone caught some sea mullet, pompano, and slot size red drum and black drum. Mole crabs were the hot bait, but fresh shrimp worked, as well.