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|Outer Banks Angling: It’s getting hot out there|
The spring has been good to anglers thus far this year. Overall, the weather has been nice and the fishing has been good.
fishing seems to have been real good recently. Anglers on both Rodanthe
and Avon piers have seen their fair share of sea mullet and blow toads,
along with some good runs at times of bluefish and puppy drum. Some of
the normal, smaller spring fish like gray trout, spot, and croaker have
also made the reports. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Walk don't Whine|
in life that is rewarding is easy. The same goes for fishing Cape
Hatteras and Ocracoke in this day and age. Park Service policies close
prime fishing spots such as Cape Point. You don't have to like or agree
with the policy, but you can still fish. You just have to work harder.
On any given night, you might see 50 to 80 people of all ages who have
taken a walk to Cape Point to try and catch fish. ....Read
|Local Catch Summit Aims To Promote Seafood, Educate Consumers|
fourth annual Local Catch Summit drew more than 70 commercial
fishermen, seafood retailers and wholesalers, local food advocates, and
seafood consumers to the Ocracoke Community Center last month to
strengthen partnerships that support and promote NC seafood.
summit took place in the location where Outer Banks Catch, Ocracoke
Fresh, Carteret Catch, and Brunswick Catch leaders in 2011 first
explored the idea of partnering under the NC Catch banner to heighten
seafood consumer education and awareness. ....Read
|State legislators enjoy a sampling of seafood from the coast|
governing boards and administration of all major fishing industry and
seafood related organizations in North Carolina joined forces to put on
a North Carolina Seafood Sampler and Fish Fry last month for the North
Carolina legislators and their staffs. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Typical March|
weather has proven to be very much as we expect March to be – all over
the place. Scattered semi-warm days followed by much cooler days, a day
or so of southerly winds, followed by days of northerly wind.
Yep. It’s March. Or even better — it’s spring on the Outer Banks.
the weather is par for spring, so are the water temps. The water is
warmer on average from the south side of Cape Point to the south end of
Ocracoke, with warmer spikes during southerly winds. Those water temps
definitely help to encourage bites. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: A little action |
It’s always nice to have a little to report after such a harsh winter.
always try and emphasize that I recognize that while our winter was
very cold, others had it much worse. The winters on the Outer Banks are
always a little tough, especially when it is unpleasant outside.
However, seventy degree-plus air temps and plenty of sunshine earlier
this week combined to make us feel like we won the lottery, especially
when this was even nicer than the forecasts had called for.
before the nicer weather, the puppy drum made a decent showing in the
surf. The best bites were consistently reported from Buxton to Frisco.
While each day varies in the concentration and the quality of the bite,
most days have led to some fish being caught. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: It’s winter|
safe to say that a full-blown winter found the Outer Banks this year.
While the area saw more snowfall last year, this year has been one of
the coldest and has broken records in the temperature category. Even as
I write this, we barely missed being hit by a considerable snow storm
and lucked out with mostly rain.
March approaches, many anglers start to have hopes of the coming spring
and the fishing it brings. It’s going to be a tough call on what will
happen in the coming weeks. The area will need to see some major
changes in the air and water temps to get fishing started. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: A wooden stake|
title of this column may imply that I am going to be talking about how
to bring down a mythical creature of the night, but I am not.
week the Outer Banks experienced a typical winter nor’easter. It was
cold, wet and very windy. The wind generated a large ocean swell, and
that swell packed a punch. A few places saw the water punch through
along the Banks, and other spots took some damage from it. One of those
places was the Rodanthe Pier. ....Read
|Will increased bluefin tuna quota benefit local fishermen -- or not?|
Banks fishermen will have more bluefin tuna quota than ever to work
with this winter. That is, if the lucrative big fish show up
here, and the fishermen can get out of the shoaled inlets to catch
new management rule that went into effect Jan. 1 effectively gives
twice the general quota for bluefin over previous years for North
Carolina through March 31.
took the December quota and moved it up to Jan. 1,” said Charley
Pereira, president of the Southeast Bluefin Tuna Association. “We’ve
got double the quota – yeah baby! - but we’ve got very, very little
inlet, to the point of danger.” ....Read
|Jeff Oden talks about the pressures on commercial fishermen on 'To the Point'...WITH AUDIO|
Oden of Hatteras village, who has been a commercial fisherman for 37
years, was the guest on Sunday, Oct. 19, on the new Radio Hatteras
interview show, "To the Point."
the show, Oden talked about his life as a waterman the increasing
pressures on his industry from federal and state regulators, the
recreational fishing lobby, and environmental groups, just to name a
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,
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
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. ....Read