Now that winter is leaving us and the daffodils are starting to bloom, everyone is getting that itch to go fishing. But before you go, you need to review some new regulations and creel limits because we had some changes over the winter. In the Oriental / NeuseRiver / Pamlico Sound area, we are blessed to have many species of fish to catch. Some species are here year round and some come and go throughout the year. Below is a list of the more common fish that recreational fishermen/women target throughout the year in our area. Please note that some of these regs can change at any time during the year and it is the fisherman’s responsibility to stay abreast of those changes by contacting the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.
Species Size Creel
Black Drum 14”-25” 10/day
Red Drum 18”-27” 1/day
Flounder 15” 6/day
Speckled Trout closed and will be re-evaluated on June 15
Grey Trout 12” 1/day
Spanish mackerel 12” 15/day
Tarpon no limit 1/day but please practice catch and release
Striped Bass Check the NCDMF website because the regulations vary depending on the local body of water, inland or joint, that you fish.
***Note: The above are the regs on March 19, 2014 and are subject to change.
Before you go fishing, you better have a measuring device with you. The Marine Patrol guys are very nice and will let you borrow theirs, but you probably do not want to do that.
Don’t let the big one get away!
Capt. Bobby Brewer