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Outer Banks Angling: Almost there

We are in the final days of August and rapidly approaching Labor Day weekend. While meteorologists do not consider Labor Day the end of summer, a tourism-driven community does.

Labor Day is also the starting point for fall fishing.

However, despite the hot days we've had in late August, the fishing has been fair overall.
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New state Artificial Reef Guide, interactive website ready for fishermen to use

Sunken vessels, aircraft, train boxcars and old bridges are all underwater treasures located along North Carolina’s coast, strategically situated to promote fishing opportunities. Now, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Guide will show you where to find them. 
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Outer Banks Angling: On a fishing trip with a legend

Columnist Rob Alderman and his family take a fishing trip with one of the area's legendary boat captains, Norman Miller of Ocracoke -- and they catch lots of fish and hear some good stories. 
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Outer Banks Angling: It’s hot out there

The hot weather has been far from prime for fishing or catching, but that hasn’t stopped anglers or the fish. The catching is what our columnist says he would expect it to be at this time of year and with these conditions. Nothing is being caught hand-over-fist, but there are fish to be caught.   Read more

New state record scamp may take world record title

North Carolina’s latest state record for scamp is also a pending world record catch. Teddy Wingfield, a 9-year-old from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., reeled in the fish on June 2 while fishing in waters off of Atlantic Beach. 
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State urges anglers to learn difference between king and Spanish mackerel

The king mackerel are biting, but so are the Spanish mackerel, and fishermen are getting them confused.

Confusing these two fish is problematic because the size limit on king mackerel is twice the length of the size limit for Spanish mackerel, and the bag limit for Spanish mackerel is five times higher than the bag limit for the kings.
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Outer Banks Angling: Oddities

Lots of sun and high humidity have made for some seriously warm days. At times the heat indexes have reached or exceeded the 100-degree mark. But, that didn’t stop people from wetting lines.

A couple of the talked-about catches of late may seem odd to some, but not those who have some knowledge of the area. 
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Fresh, local seafood is topic of radio show....WITH AUDIO

The topic for the latest edition of the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," was seafood  -- not just any seafood, but seafood that is locally harvested by commercial fishermen who catch a diverse species of fish, oysters, shrimp, and crabs off Hatteras Island and all of the Outer Banks. 
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One species reclassified in 2016 Stock Status Report

The stock status of most coastal fish did not change in the 2016 Stock Status Report, released last week by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. Only one species was reclassified from the 2015 report. Summer flounder moved from “viable” to “concern.” 
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Outer Banks Angling: Independence Day

Fishing is approaching the inevitable summer slow down. As the air and water temps continue to rise, the catching generally falls. But there's still enough fish around to keep anglers interested -- whether they are fishing from a boat, a pier, or the sand. 
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State certifies new record skipjack tuna

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for skipjack tuna. Timothy Ray Street of Valdese hooked the 32-pound, 8-ounce fish on May 24 at the Rock Pile, a series of rock ledges in the Gulf Stream, about 23 miles out of Hatteras Inlet.
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Coastal recreational fishermen hooked more fish in 2015

Coastal recreational fishermen hooked more fish in 2015 than they did in 2014. Anglers brought an estimated 10.2 million fish to the docks in 2015, an increase of 6.8 percent over 2014.
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Commercial seafood landings increased last year

Mild weather allowed North Carolina’s commercial fishermen to work into late autumn and early winter in 2015, resulting in more seafood caught and sold for the second year in a row.
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Oral history project will examine fisheries reform -- 20 years later

The year 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1997 N.C. Fisheries Reform Act, far-reaching legislation that changed how fisheries are managed in North Carolina. 

Oral history interviews are capturing the accounts of key individuals who have played instrumental roles in the implementation of the Fisheries Reform Act or in its initial conception and development.  The interviews will provide a record of the successes and shortcomings of the FRA in addressing the environmental, social, and economic challenges of the past two decades and the prospective value of the FRA in addressing emerging issues. 
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The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW

If you’ve never been fishing off Hatteras or Ocracoke, it’s definitely worth looking into.  The variety of trips, boats, captains, and species of fish available is quite impressive, and there are options that can accommodate almost any budget or interest.

That said, with so many options available, choosing the right charter can be a daunting task, especially for first-timers. To make it a little bit easier, The Island Free Press has compiled a guide to Hatteras and Ocracoke charter fishing.  With answers to frequently asked questions, information on everything from choosing a boat to cleaning your fish, advice on making your trip more enjoyable, and pictures to rouse your inner angler, this guide is designed help get you off the docks and on the water. 
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