Local Fish

Here are just a few local fish you might catch! Just remember, peak season is generally from April through December, although some species are more prevalent at certain times of the year. We do encourage catch and release, but Recreational Size and Catch limits are required.   

Fish images below provided courtesy of North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.  

Black Sea Bass, Sea Bass
Centropristis striata

Black Drum
Pogonias cromis

Bluefish, Snapper, Blue
Pomatomus saltatrix

Peprilus triacanthus

Cobia, Crab Eater, Lemonfish
Rachycentron canadum

Micropogonias undulatus

Flounder (Summer)*
Paralichthys dentalus

Gray Trout, Weakfish
Cynoscion regalis

Hickory Shad
Alosa mediocris

Jumping Mullet, Striped Mullet
Mugil cephalus

King Mackerel, Kingfish
Scomberomorus cavalla

Inshore Lizardfish
Synodus foetens

Atlantic Menhaden, Pogy, Bunker
brevoortia tyrannus

Northern Puffer, Swell Toad, Blowfish
Sphoeroides maculatus

Oyster Toadfish
Opsanus tau

Pigfish, Hogfish
Orthospristis chrysotera

Lagodon rhomboides

Trachinotus carolinus

Red Drum, Channel Bass, Puppy Drum, Redfish
Sciaenops ocellatus

Sea Mullet, Whiting, Southern Kingfish*
Menticirrhus americanus

Northern Searobin
Prionotus carolinus

Archosargus probatocephalus

Silver Perch
Bairdiella chyrsoura

Raja eglanteria

Atlantic Spadefish, Angelfish
Chaetodipterus faber

Spanish Mackerel, Spaniard
Scomberomorus maculatus

Spottail Pinfish
Diplodus holbrooki

Leiostomus xanthurus

Speckled Trout
Cynoscion nebulosus

Striped Bass, Rock
Morone saxatilis

Megalops atlanticus

Dasyatis americana

Atlantic Bonito

Little Tunny, False Albacore
Euthynnus alletteratus