It’s been brought to the attention of myself and others in my lab that spiny dogfish have been turning up in North Carolina waters south of Cape Hatteras in the past couple weeks. According to the conventional wisdom they should all have been heading north to summer off of New England about a month ago. I was fishing down at Atlantic Beach just a week or so ago and saw no spinies, but plenty of people were pulling up smooth dogfish. However, call-ins and the fishing reports have been mentioning spiny dogfish showing up in apparently considerable numbers.
If any intrepid readers happen to catch any spiny dogfish in the Beaufort/Morehead City/Atlantic Beach area please let me know as a comment in this post. Photographic evidence would be appreciated, and can be sent to email@example.com. Just as a refresher, here’s how you identify a spiny dogfish: