Updated Recreational Coastal Waters Guide

Recreational Guide May 1 2016 in Word

SYMBOLS TO LOOK FOR

  1. Albemarle Sound Management Area: contact DMF for seasons, areas or other limits; Atlantic Ocean year-round: 1 per person per day at 28” TL minimum; Other Coastal                                                             Fishing Waters; 2 per person per day at 18” TL minimum except unlawful to possess between 22” – 27” TL in Joint Fishing Waters. This Includes hybrid bass.                                                                     Season: October through April, statewide by Proclamation. Moratorium in Cape Fear River system.
  2.           Limit of 10/person/day or 60/trip, whichever is less. On headboats, limit is 10/person/day. No sale of recreational bag limit on vessels operating as charter or headboats.
  3.           Unlawful to possess red drum greater than 27 inches total length. Unlawful to gig, spear, or gaff red drum.One black drum per person per day over 25” TL is allowed.

(D) Black sea bass NORTH of Cape Hatteras, open in TWO harvest seasons: 12:01 A.M. May 15 through midnight September 21, 2016 AND 12:01 A.M. October 22 through midnight December 31, 2016.

(E) See prohibited species list above; Legal sharks include: tiger, blacktip, spinner, lemon, bull, nurse, smooth and scalloped and great hammerhead, blacknose, finetooth, bonnethead, shortfin mako, blue, thresher, porbeagle, and oceanic whitetip. One (1) Atlantic sharpnose (no minimum size) and one bonnethead (no minimum size) per person per day may be landed in addition to allowable bag limits for other sharks.  Spiny dogfish and smoothhound sharks (smooth dogfish) are exempt from harvest and size restrictions See most recent Proclamation.

(F) Mature female crabs are exempt from minimum size.

(G) In state or federal waters, federal permit required for Highly Migratory Species, excluding Atlantic bonito, little tunny (albacore), and blackfin tuna: 978-281-9370. Prior to removal from vessel, all billfishes, swordfish and bluefin tuna must be reported at NC HMS reporting stations. DMF website for more details.

(H) Snapper grouper complex species: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy,  saucereye porgy, gray triggerfish,  bar jack, almaco jack, lesser amberjack, banded rudderfish, white grunt, margate, sailor’s choice, spadefish and scup (south of Hatteras). 20 per person per day in combination when the species are open to harvest. (see note I below).

(I) For seasons, bag limits, size limits or closures for tunas, billfishes, and sharks contact NMFS Highly Migratory Species Division 800-894-5528. For snapper, grouper, and mackerels contact the South Atlantic Council 843-571-4366 or www.safmc.net, and see the most recent FF-Snapper Grouper recreational proclamation. Possession of red snapper is prohibited.

(J) Shallow water grouper species (gag, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, and yellowmouth grouper) harvest is prohibited January 1–April 30.

(K) Grouper in the management unit include: snowy, red, yellowfin, yellowmouth, black, yellowedge, misty, gag, scamp, red hind, rock hind, graysby, and coney. The three (3) grouper bag limit also includes blueline, golden and sand tilefish. Maximum of one golden tilefish per person per day and maximum of one blueline tilefish and one snowy grouper per vessel per day (when season is open). New regulations establish a May 1 through August 31 season of one snowy grouper and one blueline tilefish per vessel per day. No possession of Nassau, goliath and warsaw groupers and speckled hind.

(L) It is unlawful to possess blacknose, finetooth, blacktip, bull, lemon, nurse, spinner, tiger, blue, oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, shortfin mako and common thresher less than 54 inches (FL). It is unlawful to possess great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks less than 78 inches (FL). It is unlawful to possess a great, scalloped or smooth hammerhead or oceanic whitetip shark while in possession of tunas, billfish or swordfish.

(M) One crab pot may be used from private property or private pier, without a license – Reference 15A NCAC 3J .0302.

(N) Contact DMF or visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations for seasons, areas, or other restrictions. Bay Scallop and Oyster harvest are closed.

(O) It is unlawful to take or possess American Shad from the Atlantic Ocean. For aggregate creel limits for American shad and hickory shad, see most recent Proclamation.

(P) Season open July 1 – August 31.

(Q) Season open January 1 – August 31, except year round when taken by baited pots.

(R) Season open January 1 – October 15.

▲ Size and creel limits for spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum and gray trout taken in inland waters are the same as the recreational limits for those species in adjacent joint and coastal waters.

Total length (TL) is measured from tip of snout with mouth closed to top of compressed tail. Fork length (FL) is measured from tip of snout to middle of fork in tail. Lower jaw fork length (LJFL) is measured from lower jaw to middle of fork in tail. Curved fork length (CFL) is the measurement of the length taken in a line tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the upper jaw to the fork of the tail. Anglers cannot catch both a federal and state bag limit for the same species on the same trip.

Ocean boundary is defined as water seaward of the COLREGS Demarcation Lines as indicated on National Ocean Service navigation charts.

No one may possess aboard a vessel or while engaged in fishing any fish subject to limits without head and tail attached, except for alewife and blueback herring used for bait provided not more than two fish per boat/operation may be cut at any one time – Reference 15A NCAC 3M .0101


THIS FLYER IS EFFECTIVE May 1, 2016 AND IS FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND HAS NO LEGAL FORCE OR EFFECT. FISHERY RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THESE RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO FISH TAKEN FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES AND INCLUDE HOOK AND LINE. Updated State regulations can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-size-and-bag-limits and updated Recreational Commercial Gear License information can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-commercial-gear-license. Issued 05/1/16.This document is printed on recycled paper.

Recreational Guide April 20 2016

Recreational Guide April 20 2016 in Word format.

  1. Albemarle Sound Management Area: contact DMF for seasons, areas or other limits; Atlantic Ocean year-round: 1 per person per day at 28” TL minimum; Other Coastal        Fishing Waters; 2 per person per day at 18” TL minimum except unlawful to possess between 22” – 27” TL in Joint Fishing Waters. This Includes hybrid bass.                          Season: October through April, statewide by Proclamation. Moratorium in Cape Fear River system.
  2.  Limit of 10/person/day or 60/trip, whichever is less. On headboats, limit is 10/person/day. No sale of recreational bag limit on vessels operating as charter or headboats.
  3.  Unlawful to possess red drum greater than 27 inches total length. Unlawful to gig, spear, or gaff red drum.One black drum per person per day over 25” TL is allowed.

(D) Black sea bass NORTH of Cape Hatteras, currently closed: Proclamation to establish season dates will be forthcoming.

(E) See prohibited species list above; Legal sharks include: tiger, blacktip, spinner, lemon, bull, nurse, smooth and scalloped and great hammerhead, blacknose, finetooth, bonnethead, shortfin mako, blue, thresher, porbeagle, and oceanic whitetip. One (1) Atlantic sharpnose (no minimum size) and one bonnethead (no minimum size) per person per day may be landed in addition to allowable bag limits for other sharks.  Spiny dogfish and smoothhound sharks (smooth dogfish) are exempt from harvest and size restrictions See most recent Proclamation.

(F) Mature female crabs are exempt from minimum size.

(G) In state or federal waters, federal permit required for Highly Migratory Species, excluding Atlantic bonito, little tunny (albacore), and blackfin tuna: 978-281-9370. Prior to removal from vessel, all billfishes, swordfish and bluefin tuna must be reported at NC HMS reporting stations. DMF website for more details.

(H) Snapper grouper complex species: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy,  saucereye porgy, gray triggerfish,  bar jack, almaco jack, lesser amberjack, banded rudderfish, white grunt, margate, sailor’s choice, spadefish and scup (south of Hatteras). 20 per person per day in combination when the species are open to harvest. (see note I below).

(I) For seasons, bag limits, size limits or closures for tunas, billfishes, and sharks contact NMFS Highly Migratory Species Division 800-894-5528. For snapper, grouper, and mackerels contact the South Atlantic Council 843-571-4366 or www.safmc.net, and see the most recent FF-Snapper Grouper recreational proclamation. Possession of red snapper is prohibited.

(J) Shallow water grouper species (gag, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, and yellowmouth grouper) harvest is prohibited January 1–April 30.

(K) Grouper in the management unit include: snowy, red, yellowfin, yellowmouth, black, yellowedge, misty, gag, scamp, red hind, rock hind, graysby, and coney. The three (3) grouper bag limit also includes blueline, golden and sand tilefish. Maximum of one golden tilefish per person per day and maximum of one blueline tilefish and one snowy grouper per vessel per day (when season is open). New regulations establish a May 1 through August 31 season of one snowy grouper and one blueline tilefish per vessel per day. No possession of Nassau, goliath and warsaw groupers and speckled hind.

(L) It is unlawful to possess blacknose, finetooth, blacktip, bull, lemon, nurse, spinner, tiger, blue, oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, shortfin mako and common thresher less than 54 inches (FL). It is unlawful to possess great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks less than 78 inches (FL). It is unlawful to possess a great, scalloped or smooth hammerhead or oceanic whitetip shark while in possession of tunas, billfish or swordfish.

(M) One crab pot may be used from private property or private pier, without a license – Reference 15A NCAC 3J .0302.

(N) Contact DMF or visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations for seasons, areas, or other restrictions. Bay Scallop and Oyster harvest are closed.

(O) It is unlawful to take or possess American Shad from the Atlantic Ocean. For aggregate creel limits for American shad and hickory shad, see most recent Proclamation.

(P) Season open July 1 – August 31.

(Q) Season open January 1 – August 31, except year round when taken by baited pots.

(R) Season open January 1 – October 15.

▲ Size and creel limits for spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum and gray trout taken in inland waters are the same as the recreational limits for those species in adjacent joint and coastal waters.

Total length (TL) is measured from tip of snout with mouth closed to top of compressed tail. Fork length (FL) is measured from tip of snout to middle of fork in tail. Lower jaw fork length (LJFL) is measured from lower jaw to middle of fork in tail. Curved fork length (CFL) is the measurement of the length taken in a line tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the upper jaw to the fork of the tail. Anglers cannot catch both a federal and state bag limit for the same species on the same trip.

Ocean boundary is defined as water seaward of the COLREGS Demarcation Lines as indicated on National Ocean Service navigation charts.

No one may possess aboard a vessel or while engaged in fishing any fish subject to limits without head and tail attached, except for alewife and blueback herring used for bait provided not more than two fish per boat/operation may be cut at any one time – Reference 15A NCAC 3M .0101


THIS FLYER IS EFFECTIVE April 20, 2016 AND IS FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND HAS NO LEGAL FORCE OR EFFECT. FISHERY RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THESE RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO FISH TAKEN FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES AND INCLUDE HOOK AND LINE. Updated State regulations can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-size-and-bag-limits and updated Recreational Commercial Gear License information can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-commercial-gear-license. Issued 04/20/16.This document is printed on recycled paper.

State certifies new North Carolina record for false albacore

State certifies new North Carolina record for false albacore

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for false albacore.

Michael Voytkowski of Waverly, Penn., reeled in the 32-pound fish in April 7, 2015, but only recently applied for the state record honor.

He caught the false albacore while fishing on the charter boat Beagle at the Big Rock off Morehead City.

The fish measured 39¾ inches curved fork length (tip of the nose to the fork in the tail). The girth of the fish measured 24¼ inches.

The former state record for false albacore was 25 pounds, 8 ounces. The fish was caught off Wrightsville Beach in 1991. The world record for false albacore is 36 pounds. That fish was caught off New Jersey in 2006.

Voytkowski caught his fish using a Penn International rod and reel spooled with 60-pound line test and baited with ballyhoo.

Download a photo of the fish at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/nc-record-false-albacore.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or carole.y.willis@ncdenr.gov.

NOAA Fisheries Service that may be of interest

To see the complete list of Fishery Bulletins 
visit the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office website at: 
  
SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  
(South Atlantic)
 
FB16-018

Sustainable Fisheries Division
727-824-5305
     
March 9, 2016    

NOAA Fisheries Announces the Atlantic Migratory Group (Georgia to New York) Cobia Recreational Fishing Season will close on June 20, 2016 
   The recreational harvest of Atlantic migratory group cobia (from Georgia to New York) will close at 12:01 a.m. on June 20, 2016. Recreational harvest of cobia will reopen on January 1, 2017.
 
The Atlantic migratory group includes cobia from Georgia through New York. Cobia off the east coast of Florida are part of the Gulf of Mexico migratory group. There are separate annual catch limits for the recreational and commercial sectors of Atlantic migratory group cobia. If the annual catch limits are exceeded, accountability measures are in place to ensure overfishing does not occur. If the Atlantic migratory group cobia recreational and total (recreational and commercial combined) annual catch limits are exceeded, NOAA Fisheries is required to reduce the length of the recreational fishing season in the following fishing year.
 
In 2015, both the recreational and the total annual catch limits of Atlantic migratory group cobia were exceeded. Thus, the accountability measure is triggered for 2016. Because the commercial annual catch limit was not exceeded, this closure is only for the recreational sector. During the closure, recreational harvest or possession of cobia is prohibited.
 
This closure is required by regulations implemented under the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region and is necessary to protect the cobia resource.
 
This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register. For more information, please see frequently asked questions.
  

Recreational Fishing Guide

 

2016 NORTH CAROLINA RECREATIONAL COASTAL WATERS GUIDE FOR SPORTS FISHERMEN — February Version
**IMPORTANT** CHECK WITH DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES FOR MOST CURRENT MINIMUM LENGTHS AND CREEL LIMITS.

252-726-7021 OR 800-682-2632. FOR INLAND WATER FISHING REGULATIONS, CALL WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION 919-707-0220 OR WWW.NCWILDLIFE.ORG

Persons engaged in recreational fishing in North Carolina coastal waters are required to possess a Coastal Recreational Fishing License in accordance with G.S. 113-174.1

 

   

STATE COASTAL WATERS (Internal and 0-3 miles)

EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE-EEZ (3-200 miles)

EEZ restrictions noted in italics are Federal Rules

FINFISH SPECIES (note symbols)
Minimum Length
Bag Limits (per person) Minimum Length Bag Limits (per person)
Greater Amberjack 28” FL 1/Day 28” FL 1/Day
Bluefish None 15/Day, only 5 greater than 24” TL None 15/Day
Cobia 33” FL 1/Day 33” FL State rules apply when landing
Wahoo None 2/Day None 2/Day
Dolphin (B) None 10/Day None 10/Day
King Mackerel (I) 24” FL 3/Day 24” FL 3/Day
Spanish Mackerel (I) 12” FL 15/Day 12” FL 15/Day
Tuna (I): Bluefin (G), Bigeye and Yellowfin Bigeye and Yellowfin tuna

27” Curved FL

Yellowfin tuna

3 per day

Bigeye and Yellowfin tuna

27” Curved FL

Yellowfin tuna

3 per day

Sharks (excluding Smoothhound Sharks (smooth dogfish) and Spiny Dogfish) (E, I, L) (E, I and L) 1/Vessel/Day (E, I and L) 1/Vessel/Day
Sharks: Atlantic Sharpnose, and Bonnethead (E) None (E) None (E)
Blue Marlin (G) 99” LJFL 1 per vessel per trip, either blue marlin or white marlin 99” LJFL State rules apply when landing
White Marlin (G) 66” LJFL 66” LJFL
Sailfish (G) 63” LJFL 1/Day 63” LJFL  
Red Drum (Channel Bass, Puppy Drum)▲ 18” – 27” TL (C) 1/Day

UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS

Flounder ▲ (R) 15” TL 6/Day 15” TL

6/Day

Spotted Seatrout (Speckled Trout) ▲ 14” TL 4/Day 14” TL 4/Day
Weakfish (Gray Trout) ▲ 12” TL 1/Day

12” TL

State rules apply when landing

Sheepshead 10” FL 10/Day

State rules apply when landing

State rules apply when landing

Black Drum 14” – 25” TL (C) 10/day

14” – 25” TL (C)

10/Day

Tarpon None 1/Day

None

1/Day

Striped Bass (A) (A)

UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS

American Shad (O) None (O)

UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS

Hickory Shad (O) None (O)

None

10/Day

Alewife and Blueback Herring
UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS

UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS

American Eel (Q) 9” TL 25/Day

9” TL

25/Day

Scup (North of Cape Hatteras only) 8” TL 50/Day 9” TL 50/Day
Black Sea Bass (North of Cape Hatteras) (D) UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS

UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS

Black Sea Bass (South of Cape Hatteras) 13” TL 5/Day 13” TL 5/Day
Grouper (H, I, J and K) UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS SHALLOW WATER GROUPER

JAN 1 THROUGH APRIL 30 (SEE NOTE J)

UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS SHALLOW WATER GROUPER

JAN 1 THROUGH APRIL 30 (SEE NOTE J)

Red, Scamp, Yellowfin and Yellowmouth Grouper, and Tilefish (no size limit on Tilefish) 20” TL  

3/Day (all grouper combined; includes 1 golden tilefish and no more than 1 black or gag grouper, individual or combined)

(J) & (K)

20” TL

 

3/Day (all grouper combined; includes 1 golden tilefish and no more than 1 black or gag grouper, individual or combined)

(J) & (K)

Black and Gag Grouper 24” TL

24” TL

 

Snowy Grouper, Blueline Tilefish (K) 1/vessel/day (included in 3 grouper aggregate)

Harvest allowed May 1 through August 31

1/vessel/day (included in 3 grouper aggregate)

Harvest allowed May 1 through August 31

Red Porgy (Silver Snapper, Pinky) 14” TL 3/Day

14” TL

3/Day

Dog, Gray, Cubera, Mahogany, Queen and Yellowtail, Silk, Blackfin and Black (no size limit) Snapper 12” TL 10/Day (species combined)

12” TL

10/Day (species combined)

Mutton Snapper 16” TL

16” TL

 

Lane Snapper 8” TL

8” TL

 

Red Snapper (J) UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
Hogfish (Hog Snapper) (J) 12” FL 5/Day 12” FL 5/Day
Vermilion Snapper 12” TL 5/Day 12” TL 5/Day
Wreckfish (P) None 1/Vessel/Day None 1/Vessel/Day

 

 

 

 

STATE COASTAL WATERS (Internal and 0-3 miles)

EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE-EEZ (3-200)

EEZ restrictions noted in italic are Federal Rules

FINFISH SPECIES (note symbols) Minimum Length Bag Limits (per person) Minimum Length Bag Limits (per person)
SNAPPER GROUPER COMPLEX SPECIES Includes spadefish, white grunt, knobbed porgy and more (see note H and I) N/A 20/Day

N/A

20/Day

Gray Triggerfish (see note H and I) 12” FL

12” FL

Mullet, striped and white 200/Day (species combined)

 

PROHIBITED FINFISH SPECIES

COASTAL WATERS (Internal waters and Atlantic Ocean out to 3 miles)

FEDERAL WATERS (Atlantic Ocean more than 3 miles)

Sharks; (whale, basking, white, sand tiger, bigeye sand tiger, Atlantic angel shark, bigeye sixgill, bigeye thresher, bignose, Caribbean reef, Caribbean sharpnose, dusky, Galapagos, longfin mako, narrowtooth, night, sandbar, silky, sevengill, sixgill, and smalltail), sturgeon, Snowy Grouper, Nassau grouper, Goliath grouper (jewfish), Warsaw grouper, speckled hind and red snapper.

Sharks; (whale, basking, white, sand tiger, bigeye sand tiger, Atlantic angel shark, bigeye sixgill, bigeye thresher, bignose, Caribbean reef, Caribbean sharpnose, dusky, Galapagos, longfin mako, narrowtooth, night, sandbar, silky, sevengill, sixgill, and smalltail), red drum, striped bass, sturgeon, Snowy Grouper, Nassau grouper, Goliath grouper (jewfish), red snapper, speckled hind, Warsaw grouper and longbill spearfish.

SHELLFISH and CRUSTACEANS

STATE COASTAL AND EEZ WATERS (Internal and 0-200 miles)
Minimum Size
Bag Limits (per person) No Shellfish License Required for these quantities and less

BLUE CRAB (M)

5” Carapace Width (minimum) (F)

 

50 crabs/day not to exceed 100 crabs/vessel/day
HARD CLAM 1 “ Thick 100 clams/day not to exceed 200 clams/vessel/day
OYSTER (N) 3” Shell Length 1 bushel/day not to exceed 2 bushels/vessel/day
BAY SCALLOP (N) None

1 bushel/day, not to exceed one bushel per vessel

CONCHS and WHELKS None 10/day not to exceed 20/vessel/day
MUSSELS None 100/day not to exceed 200/vessel/day
SHRIMP

Closed Shrimping Area

None 4 quarts (heads on) or 2 ½ quarts (heads off) of shrimp per person per day (Cast Net Only)
Open Shrimping Area None

48 quarts (heads on) or 30 quarts (heads off) of shrimp per person per day or if vessel is used, per vessel per day (RCGL max. limit of 2 /vessel)

SYMBOLS TO LOOK FOR

  • Albemarle Sound Management Area: contact DMF for seasons, areas or other limits; Atlantic Ocean year-round: 1 per person per day at 28” TL minimum; Other Coastal                                                            Fishing Waters; 2 per person per day at 18” TL minimum except unlawful to possess between 22” – 27” TL in Joint Fishing Waters. This Includes hybrid bass.                                                                     Season: October through April, statewide by Proclamation. Moratorium in Cape Fear River system.
  • Limit of 10/person/day or 60/trip, whichever is less. On headboats, limit is 10/person/day. No sale of recreational bag limit on vessels operating as charter or headboats.
  • Unlawful to possess red drum greater than 27 inches total length. Unlawful to gig, spear, or gaff red drum.One black drum per person per day over 25” TL is allowed.

(D)              Black sea bass NORTH of Cape Hatteras, currently closed: Proclamation to establish season dates will be forthcoming.

(E)              See prohibited species list above; Legal sharks include: tiger, blacktip, spinner, lemon, bull, nurse, smooth and scalloped and great hammerhead, blacknose, finetooth, bonnethead, shortfin mako, blue, thresher, porbeagle, and oceanic whitetip. One (1) Atlantic sharpnose (no minimum size) and one bonnethead (no minimum size) per person per day may be landed in addition to allowable bag limits for other sharks. Spiny dogfish and smoothhound sharks (smooth dogfish) are exempt from harvest and size restrictions See most recent Proclamation.

(F)              Mature female crabs are exempt from minimum size.

(G)              In state or federal waters, federal permit required for Highly Migratory Species, excluding Atlantic bonito, little tunny (albacore), and blackfin tuna: 978-281-9370. Prior to removal from vessel, all billfishes, swordfish and bluefin tuna must be reported at NC HMS reporting stations. DMF website for more details.

(H)              Snapper grouper complex species: whitebone porgy, jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, saucereye porgy, gray triggerfish, bar jack, almaco jack, lesser amberjack, banded rudderfish, white grunt, margate, sailor’s choice, spadefish and scup (south of Hatteras). 20 per person per day in combination when the species are open to harvest. (see note I below).

(I)               For seasons, bag limits, size limits or closures for tunas, billfishes, and sharks contact NMFS Highly Migratory Species Division 800-894-5528. For snapper, grouper, and mackerels contact the South Atlantic Council 843-571-4366 or www.safmc.net, and see the most recent FF-Snapper Grouper recreational proclamation.

(J)              Shallow water grouper species (gag, black, red, scamp, rock hind, red hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin, and yellowmouth grouper) harvest is prohibited January 1–April 30. Possession of red snapper is prohibited.

(K)              Grouper in the management unit include: snowy, red, yellowfin, yellowmouth, black, yellowedge, misty, gag, scamp, red hind, rock hind, graysby, and coney. The three (3) grouper bag limit also includes blueline, golden and sand tilefish. Maximum of one golden tilefish per person per day and maximum of one blueline tilefish and one snowy grouper per vessel per day (when season is open). New regulations establish a May 1 through August 31 season of one snowy grouper and one blueline tilefish per vessel per day. No possession of Nassau, goliath and warsaw groupers and speckled hind.

(L)              It is unlawful to possess blacknose, finetooth, blacktip, bull, lemon, nurse, spinner, tiger, blue, oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, shortfin mako and common thresher less than 54 inches (FL). It is unlawful to possess great, scalloped and smooth hammerhead sharks less than 78 inches (FL). It is unlawful to possess a great, scalloped or smooth hammerhead or oceanic whitetip shark while in possession of tunas, billfish or swordfish.

(M)             One crab pot may be used from private property or private pier, without a license – Reference 15A NCAC 3J .0302.

(N)              Contact DMF or visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations for seasons, areas, or other restrictions.

(O)              It is unlawful to take or possess American Shad from the Atlantic Ocean. For aggregate creel limits for American shad and hickory shad, see most recent Proclamation.

(P)              Season open July 1 – August 31.

(Q)              Season open January 1 – August 31, except year round when taken by baited pots.

(R)              Season open January 1 – October 15.

▲               Size and creel limits for spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum and gray trout taken in inland waters are the same as the recreational limits for those species in adjacent joint and coastal waters.

Total length (TL) is measured from tip of snout with mouth closed to top of compressed tail. Fork length (FL) is measured from tip of snout to middle of fork in tail. Lower jaw fork length (LJFL) is measured from lower jaw to middle of fork in tail. Curved fork length (CFL) is the measurement of the length taken in a line tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the upper jaw to the fork of the tail. Anglers cannot catch both a federal and state bag limit for the same species on the same trip.

Ocean boundary is defined as water seaward of the COLREGS Demarcation Lines as indicated on National Ocean Service navigation charts.

No one may possess aboard a vessel or while engaged in fishing any fish subject to limits without head and tail attached, except for alewife and blueback herring used for bait provided not more than two fish per boat/operation may be cut at any one time – Reference 15A NCAC 3M .0101

 

Morehead City Office (24 hours)

800-682-2632 or

252-726-7021

Elizabeth City Office

800-338-7805 or

252-264-3911

Manteo Office

252-473-5734

Washington Office

800-338-7804 or

252-946-6481

Wilmington Office

800-248-4536 or

910-796-7215

NMFS (Fed. Reg.)

301-427-8505

THIS FLYER IS EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 27, 2016 AND IS FOR GENERAL INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND HAS NO LEGAL FORCE OR EFFECT. FISHERY RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THESE RESTRICTIONS APPLY TO FISH TAKEN FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES AND INCLUDE HOOK AND LINE. Updated State regulations can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-fishing-size-and-bag-limits and updated Recreational Commercial Gear License information can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/recreational-commercial-gear-license. Issued 02/27/2016.This document is printed on recycled paper.

Bob’s Bait – Tackle and Fishing Charters

Bob’s Bait – Tackle and Fishing Charters

Bobs Bait and Tackle is located in Duck and serving the Corolla, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores area and Outer Banks. We also provide Outer Banks fishing charters.  Bobs OBX Bait and Tackle has been serving the Outer Banks with fishing knowledge and equipment since 1982. Click to call from your smart phone (252)261-8589 or dial from a normal phone. We have a huge selection of rods, reels, lures, tackle & bait for fishing on the Outer Banks.  Personalized courteous service. Daily fishing reports– pier, beach, sound, and offshore.  Fresh, live, and frozen bait.  We have rod and reel rentals, crabbing supplies. T-shirts and hats.        

ADD YOUR FISHING REPORT AND PICTURES. Bobs Bait and Tackle has the lowest prices on the beach. Crab bait & supplies with instructions on how and where to fish and crab.  We offer half day and full day fishing charters on the Outer Banks.  A fast modern fleet.  We also specialize in make up charters.  Stop in and see us or call 252-261-8589. Hours of operation 6:00am to 9:00pm, seven days a week.

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