New North Carolina Cobia Regulations For 2018


MOREHEAD CITY – The recreational cobia season begins May 1, and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is reminding anglers that the regulations have changed.

The recreational cobia season will run May 1 to Dec. 31 with a minimum size limit of 36 inches fork length (tip of the snout to the fork in the tail) and a possession limit of one fish per person per day.

For private boats, from May 1 to May 31, the maximum limit will be one fish per person per day, not to exceed two fish per vessel per day, regardless of the number of anglers on board.

For private boats, from June 1 to Dec.31, the maximum vessel limit will be one fish per vessel per day, regardless of the number of anglers on board.

For for-hire operations (charter boats, head boats, guide boats), from May 1 to Dec. 31, the vessel limit will be four fish per vessel per day, or one fish per person per day if fewer than four people are on board.

Anglers must return all cobia not meeting the harvest requirements to the water in a manner that ensures the highest likelihood of survival.

For more information, contact Steve Poland, cobia species lead with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8159 or


From VMRC Website

The 2018 Virginia recreational cobia regulations are as follows:

40-inch, total length, minimum size limit; 1-fish daily possession limit or 3-fish-daily vessel limit, whichever is more restrictive; only one fish per vessel per day may be greater than 50 inches in total length; an open season of June 1 through September 30; and gaffing is now allowed to land a cobia while fishing recreationally.

All anglers, captains, and guides fishing for cobia must obtain a Recreational Cobia Permit from the Commission and report all harvest and cobia fishing activity.

Permits can be obtained online here or at an MRC Licensing Agent. Reporting can be done online through the Saltwater Journal or using forms provided by the VMRC.

LINK: Cobia Regulations Discussion

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Virginia Anglers Finding Flounder, Red Drum and Tautog

Outer banks tuna

By Staff | TH Spangler | Connie Barbour

Flounder reports are starting to roll in from Virginia’s eastern shore  Look for them to start showing up in the bay very soon. A few red drum have also been caught on the eastern shore.

Some puppy drum and speckled trout have been reported inside Rudee and Lynnhaven inlets.

Tautog catches are picking up at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and on other structures located in the lower bay. Look for action on all four of these (flounder, drum. tautog and trout) to really start picking up now.

Surf fishing on Hatteras NC beaches has been excellent. Last week anglers fishing at the Point near Buxton caught lots of citation red drum. As many as 15-20 fish per day were being recorded at local weigh stations. A good number of puppy drum are also being caught in the same location. Both large and small drum are being caught using cut fresh mullet on drum rigs. There are a lot of dogfish mixed in with the reds, and a few bluefish up to 32” have been beached. With water temperatures rising, expect to see more bluefish in the coming weeks. Black drum, sea mullet, blow toads and croakers are also biting in the surf. OBX pier anglers are catching  puppy drum, skates, dogfish, and puffers.

The OBX offshore boats are catching lots of yellow fin, big eye, black fin tuna and a few wahoo. They have also found a few blue fin tuna but the blue fins are catch and release only at this time.

Water Temps

Cape Charles: 49.1 F
Cape Henry: 53.4 F
Kiptopeke: 54.0 F
Duck NC Pier: 47.7 F
Oregon Inlet Sound side: 66.2 F
OI offshore Buoy @ 60 feet: 55.0 F
Hatteras Surf: 63.9
Diamond Shoals Tower: 70.9 F

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New NC State Record Bluefin Tuna

MOREHEAD CITY – The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record bluefin tuna.

Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, Delaware, reeled in the 877-pound fish March 17 after fighting with the fish for 2 ½ hours off Oregon Inlet. It measured 113 inches curved fork length (tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail) and had a girth of 79 inches.

He caught the fish using trolling dead bait on 130 pound line test on a 130 Shimano rod and reel aboard the charter boat A-Salt Weapon fishing out of Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo.

Chambers’ fish broke the former state record bluefin tuna by 72 pounds. That fish was caught off Oregon Inlet, as well, in 2011. The world all-tackle record bluefin tuna was 1,496 pounds and was caught off Nova Scotia in 1979. Fishing News

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Monarch Cobia Classic 2018

By DR Ken Neill III | Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association

The Cobia Bowl will be called the Monarch Cobia Classic this year

The Cobia Bowl was begun as a fun way for anglers to help gather information about Virginia’s cobia fishery and to help raise funds for fisheries research. Due to great sponsorship support and angler participation, this fishing tournament has been a great success. We are pleased to announce that we have even bigger and better plans for 2018. The Cobia Bowl is joining forces with the Old Dominion University Alumni Association for the Monarch Cobia Classic. Our goal is to create the largest cobia tournament on the East Coast. We invite Cobia Bowl sponsors and anglers to join us for what will be a fantastic event with great fishing, bigger parties, and even more fun all while supporting great causes. The Monarch Cobia Classic will raise funds to support scholarship and research. This event will be held July 19-21, during the peak of the cobia season. For more information about the Monarch Cobia Classic and to learn about sponsorship opportunities visit the tournament website.


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Warmer Hatteras Water Brings With It Red Drum Bite

By Staff | TH Spangler | Connie Barbour

Strong harsh winds have made it nearly impossible for Virginia anglers to do much fishing lately. Everyone is still waiting for calmer, warmer days and a speckled trout, red drum bite. Water temperatures remain a bit on the chilly side.

Tautog action should still be good on the ocean wrecks and at the CBBT when weather permits. There have been a few reports of flounder being landed near inlets in deeper water.

Last week Outer Banks surf anglers enjoyed an outstanding run of big red drum at the Point in Hatteras, and to the south to Ocracoke inlet. Water temps finally hit the 60 degree mark there. Anglers are also finding puppy drum, sea mullet, blow toads and even a few croaker.

The Outer Banks offshore fleet fishing of out of Oregon and Hatteras Inlets are catching lots of yellowfin tuna. Their catches have also included blackfin tuna, king mackerel, wahoo and even a blue marlin or two.

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Water Temps 

Cape Charles: 49.1 F
Cape Henry: 50.0 F
Kiptopeke: 49.4 F
Duck NC Pier: 54.1 F
Oregon Inlet Surf: 52.1 F
OI offshore Buoy @ 60 feet: 51.5 F
Hatteras Surf: 60.0F
Diamond Shoals Tower: 64.4 F

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