Black sea bass season extended

Published: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 02:46 PM.

The recreational black sea bass fishing season has been extended three days in federal and state waters north of Cape Hatteras.

The summer season, originally scheduled to close Sept. 18, will close Sept. 21. The season will reopen Oct. 18 to Dec. 31, according to information from N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

The minimum size limit is 12-and-a-half inches, and the bag limit will be 15 fish per person, per day.

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 season south of Cape Hatteras falls under a different 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 season begins June 1 each year and closes when the quota is met.

The 2014-15 season remains open. South of Cape Hatteras, the minimum size limit is 13 inches and the bag limit is five fish per person per day.

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