Recreational striped bass harvest opens May 8

Published 8:51 am Sunday, May 8, 2022

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-34-2022 implements tagging and reporting requirements for recreational striped bass harvest from Atlantic Ocean Coastal Fishing Waters of North Carolina from Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia state line.

The proclamation became effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 8, 2022 and runs through Oct. 31, 2022.

The proclamation maintains for recreational striped bass the existing harvest slot limit of 28 inches to less than 35 inches total length, one fish per person daily possession limit, and the requirement to use circle hooks when using natural bait.

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Striped bass landed from the Atlantic Ocean Coastal Fishing Waters of North Carolina from Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia state line must have a landing tag affixed through the mouth and gill cover before leaving the site of landing. Striped Bass taken from trailered vessels shall have the landing tag affixed before the vessel is removed from the water.

Catch cards and landing tags may be obtained at North Carolina Striped Bass Reporting Stations. Landing tags and catch cards will also be available at all Atlantic Ocean Fishing Piers and most tackle shops in the Outer Banks.

“The intent of this proclamation is to manage the recreational harvest of striped bass in the Atlantic Ocean in compliance with Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass and establish a tagging and reporting requirement to determine the recreational striped bass harvest from the Atlantic Ocean from Ocracoke Inlet to the North Carolina/Virginia state line during the months of May–October,” states the proclamation.

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