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Outer Banks Angling: The weather's hot, and the fish are biting

The offshore reports have been really solid.

The fleets punching out of Oregon Inlet having been doing exceptionally well catching big eye and yellowfin tuna. These powerhouse fish put up a heck of a battle and go down well at the dinner table. A lot of citation fish have been caught. White marlin, mahi, and wahoo have also been boated in recent weeks. The fleets out of Hatteras and Ocracoke have been catching mahi and blackfin tuna, along with amberjacks and blue and white marlin.
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Outer Banks Angling: It’s blazing

After a harsh winter and a great spring, the temps have gone full-on summer. But, that’s okay. The water temperatures have been phenomenal from one end of the Banks to the other. Along with all the crazy warm weather, there has also been crystal clear, Caribbean-like water clarity to boot. And the fishing has been pretty fair the past few weeks, even when it was very hot.
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House passes fisheries reform bill

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1335 – the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act.  The bill would reauthorize and reform the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which is the law governing fisheries management in federal waters throughout the United States. 

H.R. 1335 passed the House by a vote of 225 to 152.  The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration. 
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MFC moves forward with southern flounder management

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission moved forward with southern flounder and sheepshead management at its meeting in Morehead City last week. The commission chose six potential management proposals to include in a draft supplement to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan that the commission will put out for public review. 
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Commercial fishing harvest increases, recreational harvest decreases in 2014

North Carolina’s commercial fishing harvest increased by 23 percent in 2014, boosted by higher landings of blue crabs, spiny dogfish, and summer flounder.

Commercial fishermen sold 61.7 million pounds of fish and shellfish to North Carolina fish dealers last year, according the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Commercial Trip Ticket Program. It was the first year commercial fisheries landings rose since 2010, an upward tick in a long declining trend since the late 1990s.

Recreational fishermen harvested approximately 9.6 million fish, weighing about 9 million pounds in 2014, a 25 percent decrease in pounds from 2013, according to the division’s Coastal Angling Program. It is 29 percent lower than the average of recreational landings from 2010 to 2013. 
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Coast Guard releases boating safety app

The Coast Guard has released its first boating safety app as the kickoff to this year's National Safe Boating Week. The app will be available on the Apple and Google Play online stores. 
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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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