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  • NORTH CAROLINA FISHING REPORTS: North Carolina Offshore Fishing and Inshore Fishing: Updated March 18, 2011

    Big things are happening off the North Carolina coast right now. How big? Try around 800 pounds.

    Northern North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (North Carolina line to Ocracoke)

    Oregon Inlet Fishing Center brings us these reports:
    3.17.11 We did have a few boats out today. A few bluefin landed. A couple of private boats from out back weighed in 210 lb, and 151 lb bluefin.

    3.16.11 There was a good bluefin bite again today, also a few yellowfin. For information on the current condition of the inlet you can read the article about last night’s meeting at and you can check out current survey images and information on the US Army Corps of Engineers- Oregon Inlet Hydrographic Surveys link on our main page.

    3.15.11 Bluefin and yellowfin again. Another great day of fishing out of Oregon Inlet! The bluefin pictured below weighed in at 201 lbs.

    3.13.11 More bluefin brought in today ranging from 170 lbs to over 200 lbs! There were also a few yellowfin today. It hass been a great weekend of offshore fishing here at Oregon Inlet! There are plenty of charters available. Call (800) 272-5199 to reserve your charter today. Notice: Citation requirements for bluefin tuna have changed for the 2011 season. The new citation weight for a kept bluefin is 200 lbs and the release citation is now 80 inches or longer. For further information on citation requirements please visit
    The giant bluefin caught yesterday may be a North Carolina state record. The current state record is 744 lbs and was caught in 1995. The bluefin caught by Corey Schultz yesterday weighed in at an astounding 805 lbs 8 ozs.

    3.12.11 Today was a great day for bluefin! There were many releases. One boat caught and released seven bluefin. Also, a giant was brought in that was over nine feet long and weighed in at 805 lbs!!!

    TW Bait and Tackle offered up these reports:

    3.17.11 Yesterday was another good Bluefin day and there were also scattered yellowfin tuna. There is up to date news on commercial fishing for Striped Bass and the Inlet crisis.

    3.16.11 They did fish yesterday! I lied. They caught bluefin and yellowfin Tuna.

    3.15.11 Water is too rough for the boats to venture out. Water temp is 48 degrees. We have some warmer weather on the way for the remainder of the week.

    3.14.11 Weekend Charter boat fishing was good. Plenty of bluefin and scattered yellowfin.
    There are new citation requirements for bluefin tuna. The new citation weight is 200 lbs and the released citation is 80 in. or longer. I have a picture of Jake Worthington of Camden, N.C. with his first ever bluefin tuna caught aboard the charter boat, The Ranger, based out of Oden’s Dock in Hatteras. The fish weighed 204 lbs and was 72 in. Jake also released another bluefin that was also 72 in.

    3.13.11 Oregon Inlet Fishing Center reported great bluefin tuna action yesterday. It is believed that a new state record as been caught. The fish weighed in at 805 lbs and was 9 ft. long. The current state record is 744 lbs.

    3.11.11 Horrible weather yesterday. No fish stories. I should have some weekend news. They are working on the piers, getting ready for their April openings. I am so ready.

    3.10.11Though the wind has switched to SW and the air is warmer, the ocean is still churning because of high winds.

    Ocean: Winter anglers catch plenty of yellowfin tuna, when conditions permit, along with a few wahoo and dolphin, to make for some good offshore action. Midrange anglers target striped bass and red drum during the winter season with moderate to good success. Find a regional fishing website that reports daily catches or contact a local tackle shop for up-to-date fishing reports.
    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Inshore activity will be heavy when weather conditions permit with most anglers targeting striped bass. They are often found throughout the Roanoke, Croatan and northern Pamlico sounds, especially near bridges or any other structure. There will also be some good winter catches of spotted sea trout and red drum (they have been everywhere throughout the year). A good place to try is Oregon Inlet's Green Island Slough from pre-dawn to mid-morning hours.
    Piers/Beaches: Piers are currently closed, most will re-open around Easter. Beach anglers can have a tough time fishing this time of year due to rough surf and adverse weather, but once again, when conditions permit, some of the largest red drum and striped bass are taken from the surf. Bluefish blitzes can happen this time of year and offer anglers some short-term active fishing. Don’t forget about the possibility of some excellent speckled trout surf fishing this winter on the beaches from Rodanthe southward.

    Central North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Ocracoke Inlet to Surf City)

    Ocean: There will be plenty of excellent fishing opportunities on-board charter boats during the winter. The central district has become home to North Carolina’s bluefin tuna fishery. Multiple hook-ups and multiple fish days are the norm rather than the exception. Another species that sometimes makes the winter scene in the Central area is striped bass. Stripers are sometimes taken from Cape Lookout Shoals and other areas along the beach throughout the winter. Other offshore species such as king mackerel, yellowfin tuna and wahoo will also be available to Gulf Stream anglers. Bottom fishing for a variety of reef fish species is also excellent during the winter months. There are several headboats that operate throughout the year. Some of the best snapper and grouper catches will be are a lot of fun and really provide a quality fishing experience. Extended/overnight fishing trips are also offered. Bluefin tuna trips have also been offered in the past. Check with your favorite fishing vessel Private boat anglers will enjoy many of the same opportunities as those mentioned for charterboat anglers. Near-shore bluefin tuna fishing will be excellent. Those fishing offshore will have access to excellent catches of king mackerel.
    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Newly established striper fishing on the shoals of Cape Lookout will also be a favorite. Inside, the creeks of the White Oak, Neuse, Bay, Pamlico and Pungo rivers will offer occasional excellent speckled trout fishing. Do a little research before going, however; this is a very specialized fishery.
    Piers/Shore: Most piers are closed for the season. Some may allow access but catches will be limited. Shore fishing activity will be limited.

    Southern North Carolina Tidal Waters Fishing Reports (Surf City to North Carolina line)

    Ocean: Private and charter boats enjoy some of the best bottom fishing and king mackerel fishing of the year during the winter months. Frying Pan Tower normally holds lots of king mackerel during the winter months. Look for bait and water temperature around 70 degrees. There may also be great fishing, in these same areas, for groupers, sea bass, porgies, and other various bottom fish. Bluefin tuna are another option during the winter months. Ledges around the shoals such as the Fairway Ledge and the Cucumber are good places to look for one.
    Inlets/Sounds/Bays: If we don't see too cold of a winter, speckled trout and red drum fishing can be good during the winter months. Look for the trout around the inlets and the drum in the bays and up in the back of the creeks. Striper fishing in the Cape Fear River is another option for wintertime fishing.
    Piers/Shore: Most piers are closed for the season. Some may allow access but catches will be limited.

    See you on the water,
    Bryce Butner Associate Editor

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