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MOREHEAD CITY – The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open May 19 in both federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras.

During the open season, the minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches, and the bag limit will be 15 fish per person, per day.

The season will close Sept. 18, and will reopen again from Oct. 18 through Dec. 31.

The recreational black sea bass regulations north of Cape Hatteras comply with the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Plan.

The recreational black sea bass fishery south of Cape Hatteras is managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. South of Cape Hatteras, the minimum size limit is 13 inches and the bag limit is five fish per person per day. The recreational black sea bass season begins June 1 each year and closes when the quota is met. The 2013-2014 season is still open.

For more specific regulations on black sea bass, see Proclamation FF-29-2014 for North of Cape Hatteras or Proclamation FF-28-2014 for South of Cape Hatteras at

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage at 252-808-8009 or [email protected] .
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