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N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament

Award for harvest of fish, 200 pounds or greater.
Award for live release of fish, 70 inches or longer.

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Persons engaged in recreational fishing in North Carolina coastal waters are required to possess a Coastal Recreational Fishing License in accordance with G.S. 113-174.2.

Current Proclamations

Recreational Size and Bag Limits

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