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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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