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March 26, 2014

2014 NORTH CAROLINA RECREATIONAL COASTAL WATERS GUIDE FOR SPORTS FISHERMEN — March Version

2014 NORTH CAROLINA RECREATIONAL COASTAL WATERS GUIDE FOR SPORTS FISHERMEN — March Version



State Coastal Waters 
(Internal and 0-3 Miles)
Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ
(3-200 miles)
Finfish Species
(note symbols, pg.2)
Minimum LengthBag Limits(Per Person)Minimum LengthBag Limits(Per Person)
Alewife and
blueback herring
NoneUNLAWFUL TO POSSESSNoneUNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
Amberjackgreater28" FL1/Day28" FL1/Day
Bassstriped
See striped bass details
(A)(A)UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
BluefishNone15/Day
Only 5 greater than 24" TL
None
15/Day
Cobia33" FL2/Day33" FL2/Day
Dolphin (B)None10/DayNone10/Day
Drum, black14"-25" TL (C)10/Day14"-25" TL (C)10/Day
Drumred 
(Channel Bass,
Puppy Drum) 
18-27" TL (C)1/DayUNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
Eel, American (Q)9" TL25/Day9" TL25/Day
Flounder 
GulfSouthern, Summer 
15" TL6/Day15" TL6/Day
Grouper (HIJK)UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS SHALLOW WATER GROUPER 
JAN. 1 THROUGH APRIL 30
UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS SHALLOW WATER GROUPER 
JAN. 1 THROUGH APRIL 30
Grouper; Red, scamp, yellowfin, yellowmouth and tilefish (no size limit on tilefish)20" TL3/Day (all grouper combined; includes tilefish and no more than 1 black or gag grouper, individual or combined) (J) & (K)20" TL3/Day (all grouper combined; includes,  tilefish and no more than 1 black or gag grouper, individual or combined) (J) & (K)
Grouperblack and gag24" TL1/Day (See above)24" TL1/Day
(See above)
Grouper, snowyNone1/Vessel/DayNone1/Vessel/Day
Hogfish(Hog snapper)12" FL5/Day 12" FL 
Mackerelking (I)
Species Identification
24" FL3/Day24" FL3/Day
MackerelSpanish (I)
Species Identification
12" FL15/Day12" FL15/Day
Marlinblue (G)99" LJFL1/vessel/trip either Blue or White Marlin99" LJFL 
State rules apply when landing
Marlinwhite (G)66" LJFL1/vessel/trip either Blue or White Marlin66" LJFL
Mullet
(Striped and White)
None200/Day
(species combined)
None 
Porgyred
(Silver snapper, pinky)
14" TL3/Day14" TL3/Day
Reef Complex SpeciesIncludes  spadefish,gray triggerfishwhite grunt, knobbed porgy and more (see notes Hand I) 20/Day 20/Day
Sailfish (G)63" LJFL1/Day63" LJFL 
Scup(North of Cape Hatteras) (D)(D)(D)(D)(D)
Seatroutspotted (speckled)UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS  
Sea bassblack
(North of Cape Hatteras) (D)
12 1/2" TL and 20/day 
12 1/2" TL and 20/day
Sea bass, black
(South of Cape Hatteras)
13" TL5/Day13" TL5/Day
Shad, American (O)None(O)UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
Shad, hickory (O)None10/DayNone10/Day
Sharks (EIL)
(excluding spiny dogfish)
(EIL)1/Vessel/Day(E, L)1/Vessel/Day
Sharks, Atlantic sharpnose, smooth dogfish and bonnethead (E)None(E)None(E)
Snappers;Dog, gray, cubera, mahogany, queen, yellowtail, silk and blackfin 12" TL10/Day
(Species combined)
12" TL10/Day
(Species combined)
Snappers, mutton16" TLSee Above16" TLSee Above
Snappers; Lane8" TLSee Above8" TLSee Above
Snapper, redUNLAWFUL TO POSSESSUNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
Snappervermilion (J)12" TL5/Day12" TL5/Day
TarponNone1/DayNone1/Day
Tuna (I)bluefin (G),yellowfin and bigeyeYellowfin 27" CFL
Bigeye 27" CFL
Bigeye and Yellowfin 3 per dayBigeye and Yellowfin tuna
27" CFL
Yellowfin Tuna
3 per day
WahooNone2/DayNone2/Day
Weakfish
(gray trout)
12" TL
1/Day
see FF-54-2010
12" TLState rules apply when landing
Wreckfish (P)None1/vessel/dayNone1/vessel/day
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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