Fisheries panel sets cobia limit; backtracks on closure date

By on November 16, 2017

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has approved cobia fishing rules for 2018, and backed off closing the recreational fishery on Labor Day.

After initially voting Thursday morning to close the season around Sept. 1, the commission revisited the issue before the end of its meeting in Kitty Hawk and decided to keep the season open all year.

The recreational limit will be one cobia per person per day, with a minimum fork length of 36 inches.

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Charter boats will be limited to four fish per vessel if four or more people are on board, and private boats can catch no more than two per vessel if two or more people are aboard.

The rules must still be approved by federal fisheries managers.

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