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UPDATE: North Carolina will remain open for flounder fishing this fall

The state will not close flounder season on Oct. 16 for the recreational hook-and-line and gig fisheries, as was planned. The recreational flounder season will remain open with the current 15-inch minimum size limit and six-fish bag limit. 

Flounder season will remain open for the anchored, large-mesh gill net fisheries, as well. However, there will still be a Dec. 1-31 commercial flounder season closure, as in previous years. 
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Commercial fishermen, counties file lawsuit again state

Three coastal counties have joined with commercial fishermen in litigation against the state of North Carolina over last year’s decision by the Marine Fisheries Commission to adopt new regulations on the southern flounder fishery by using the “supplement” process.
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Dare board approves joining southern flounder lawsuit

In a special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Dare County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to join in a lawsuit against the state's Marine Fisheries Commission over its use of a supplement process that plaintiffs say will drastically and unfairly reduce the commercial and recreational catch of southern flounder.
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Outer Banks Angling: Fall has arrived and fish are moving

Well, we’ve already had one storm for the year and we might get close and personal with another, but it's too early to tell. One thing is for sure -- the first storm got some fish moving. 
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Recreational cobia season closes Sept. 30 in state waters

The state Division of Marine Fisheries is reminding anglers that the recreational cobia season closes in state waters this Friday, Sept. 30. 
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Lowly oysters set to take center stage

As part of public-private partnership, the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the state Division of Marine Fisheries is readying construction of the Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary on 40 acres of a 60-acre site in Pamlico Sound, the first of a multi-year effort to significantly expand the state’s oyster industry.
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Council approves reduced cobia bag limits to extend season

If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, new regulations will be implemented in 2017 for Atlantic cobia in federal waters offshore from Georgia to New York.

The measures were approved by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council during its meeting this week in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  The council says the new regulations are designed to help extend the season for both recreational and commercial fishermen and help ensure consistent and stable fishing opportunities for the migratory stock.
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UPDATE:  Celebration has been postponed indefinitely

Because of storm surge caused by Tropical Storm Hermine, the celebration planned at Frank & Fran’s, The Fisherman's Friend, has been postponed indefinitely.

The party was to be a combined celebration celebration of Frank and Fran Folb’s retirement, as well as an introduction to the new owners of the tackle shop – Heather and Tim James and Stephanie and Randy Ryals.

The event will be rescheduled at a later date and the whole island will still be invited.

Frank & Fran's is changing hands, but Frank won't be gone for good

Frank & Fran’s, an iconic Avon tackle shop that’s been luring anglers for nearly 30 years,  will have new owners soon, but Frank Folb, the store’s co-owner who is arguably just as recognized as the shop itself, will still be around from time to time, so the new owners can make the transition as smooth as possible for regular customers. 
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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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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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