Interested in doing some fishing this weekend?
Check out this weeks fishing report:
Ocean: Offshore boats making the long run did well on wahoo. Most boats caught around 5- to 10-fish per trip with fish running in the 35- to 45-pound range. Bottom fishing remained productive with boats catching limits of black sea bass and vermilion snapper, along with a wide assortment of reef fish such as triggerfish, hogfish, grunts, porgies, groupers, gags, scamps and red groupers. Anglers fishing in the 10- to 15-mile range saw an improvement in king mackerel fishing with boats catching fish in the 15- to 20-pound range. Near-shore reefs produced flounder and some gray trout.
Inlets/Sounds/Bays: Inshore fishing improved. Anglers targeting flounder had some luck fishing in the Cape Fear River from Wilmington to Southport. Sheepshead and black drum were caught by anglers around docks, bridges and rock jetties using fiddler crabs for bait. Tarpon fishing on the shoals just off of Bald Head Island produced a few fish, along with lots of blacktip and spinner sharks.
Pier/Shore: Overall, fishing has been a little slow. Anglers had the best luck fishing in the early morning hours on area piers and beaches. Pier fishermen using live shrimp and minnows caught red and black drum, flounder and trout. The northeast wind that blew last week got the mullet minnows moving along the area beaches and anglers had good catches of nice Spanish mackerel, along with some bluefish. Surf fishermen caught a few pompano, sea mullets and some red and black drum using mole crabs for bait.
Lots of changes happened this week according to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council:
- Recreational Harvest of Hogfish in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on August 24, 2015
Recreational harvest of hogfish in South Atlantic federal waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on August 24, 2015. Federal waters will reopen to recreational harvest at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. The recreational annual catch limit for hogfish is 85,355 pounds whole weight.
- Snowy Grouper in the South Atlantic Re-opens to Recreational and Commercial Fishers on August 20
The recreational sector for snowy grouper in the South Atlantic Region will re-open on August 20, 2015, with an annual catch limit of 23,647 pounds gutted weight or 4,152 fish. The recreational bag limit is one fish per vessel per day, while the recreational sector is open. The recreational sector will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on September 1, 2015. The recreational bag limit is zero during the closure. The recreational sector will re-open on May 1, 2016.
Learn more about these and other recreational fishing changes here.
NOAA Fisheries announced on August 11th that annual catch limit changes for commercial and recreational sectors of South Atlantic gag and wreckfish ahve been made. The final rule for Regulatory Amendment 22 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region will publish on August 12, 2015.
The final rule adjusts the annual catch limits for gag and wreckfish based on the outcome of population assessments.
Regulations implementing the wreckfish commercial annual catch limit will be effective on August 12, 2015. Regulations implementing the wreckfish recreational annual catch limit will be effective on September 11, 2015.
To find out more click here.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council announced on Thursday. August 6th 2015 that the recreational harvest of golden tilefish in South Atlantic federal waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on August 11, 2015. Recreational harvest in federal waters will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. The recreational annual catch limit for golden tilefish is 3,019 fish. Reports indicate that landings have exceeded the 2015 annual catch limit for the recreational sector for golden tilefish.
To find out more about this closure visit the announcement here.