Species

Season

Pier Zone

Bait/tackle

Regulations

NC Record


Albacore

Spring &
Fall

King
Mackerel

GotCha, Stingsilvers

None

26 lb. 8 oz.


Barracuda

July to September

King
Mackerel

Live fish; bluefish, menhaden

None

67 lb. 7 oz.


Black Drum

Spring to
Winter

Suds &
pilings

2-hook bottom rig, shrimp, sand fleas, crabs

10/day, 14"-25". 1/day over 25" (total length)

100 lb. 1 oz.


Blowfish

Spring &
Fall

-

2-hook bottom rig; shrimp

None

-


Bluefish

Spring to
Fall

Surf to King Mackerel

GotCha plug, live bait, cut bait on fireball rig

15/day,
only 5 over 24"

31 lb. 12 oz.


Cobia

May to
July

King
Mackerel

Live fish; blue, menhaden, spot, croaker

33" minimum
(fork length),
2/day

116 lb. 8 oz.


Croaker

Spring to
Fall

Suds
on out

2-hook bottom rig; shrimp, squid, bloodworms

None

5 lb.


Flounder

Summer to
Fall

Suds &
pilings

Carolina Rig, live mullet or strips, mud minnow, live shrimp

15" minimum,
6/day

20 lb. 8 oz.


Gray Trout

Spring to
Fall

King
Mackerel

Shrimp on speck rig; metal jig (Stingsilver)

12" minimum,
1/day

14 lb. 14 oz.


Jack Crevalle

Summer

King
Mackerel

Live (blue, menhaden, shad)

None

47 lb.


King Mackerel

May to
October

King
Mackerel

Trolley rig; live bluefish , spot menhaden, cigar minnow

24" minimum
(fork length),
3/day

82 lb. 4 oz.


Pompano

April to
September

Suds to sand bar (100-yards out)

2-hook bottom rig; fresh shrimp, sand fleas, gold hooks

None

8 lb.


Puppy/Red Drum

Spring to
Fall

Suds &
slough

Cut fish, mullet, menhaden, shrimp on Carolina Rig

18 to 27" (total length),
1/day

94 lb. 2 oz.


Sea Mullet

Spring to
Fall

Slough to
King Mackerel

2-hook bottom rig; shrimp, sand fleas. Try nighttime!

None

3 lb. 8 oz.


Sheepshead

April to
November

Pilings

Shrimp, sand fleas, crabs, Carolina Rig

Reef complex fishes, 20/day

19 lb. 4 oz.


Spanish Mackerel

May to
October

King
Mackerel

Live mullet, shad, on a cork, GotCha Plug, gold hook rigs

12" minimum
(fork length),
15/day

13 lb.


Speckled Trout

Spring &
Fall

Suds to
slough

Green grubs, MirrOlures, plastic shrimp, live shrimp, mud minnows

Unlawful to possess

12 lb. 4 oz.


Spot

May to
November

Slough &
beyond

Shrimp, bloodworms, Fishbites Bag o’ Worms

None

1 lb. 13 oz.


Tarpon

July to
September

King
Mackerel

Live bluefish, menhaden, pinfish

1/day

193 lb. 5 oz.

 

East/West: To get your seasonal orientation right, try to remember this Bogue Banks pier fishing
ditty .........
“In the spring and summer east is least and west is best, but in the fall and winter west is least and east is the beast”.

Pier Zones from the beach on out.
1) Suds, 2) Slough, 3) Sandbar (100 yards), 4) The Deep, 5) The Deeper (King Mackerel zone)

The regulations above are from the NC Division of Marine Fisheries website for State Coastal Water (0-3 miles) and are subject to change at any time. We will try to update the information here as often as possible; however, to access the latest NCDMF regulations, please visit
http://www.ncfisheries.net/recreational/recguide.htm.