click on our advertisers for up-to-date fishing reports
|An optimistic outlook for oyster season |
oyster season opened in North Carolina on Oct.. 15, and officials with
the state Division of Marine Fisheries believe the harvest will be a
good one in most areas.
relatively small daily commercial limit in southern waters of five
bushels per person or 10 bushels per operation in some waters has some
fishermen griping, but it will be just fine with waterman Sammy Corbett
plenty,” said Corbett, a member of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries
Commission, the policy-making arm of the division. “Some people would
like to raise it to 10, but I’m dead set against it. We’ve got a decent
population of oysters, but there are just so many people who will be
out there down in this area. We haven’t been able to get any shell
planted the last couple of years, and we can’t just keep taking without
putting something back.” ....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
|Outer Banks Angling: Catch them while you can|
is in full swing, and the fishing is quite good. October is known for
its cooler temps, less traffic, and fishing tournaments. It only makes
sense that the fishing gets better also.
The drum bite has been really good of late from one end of the Outer Banks to the other. ....Read
|NCBBA needs judges for red drum tourney|
North Carolina Beach Buggy Association badly needs judges for its ninth
annual Red Drum Tournament on Oct. 22-25.If you are interested in being
a judge, you will be compensated for your time with a free entry into
the tournament for the times when you are not judging. ....Read
UPDATE: It's time to register for NCBBA Red Drum Tournament
North Carolina Beach Buggy Association's sixth annual Red Drum
Tournament will be Oct. 22-25 on the northern beaches of Hatteras
Island, and time is running out to register.
If you register by
Sept. 1, you will be guaranteed a T-shirt in the correct size. As an
extra bonus, those registering by that date will also receive a 50th
anniversary T-shirt, courtesy of Flying Fish Ink. ....Read
|Marine Fisheries chairman Paul Rose dies suddenly|
Rose, chairman of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission, 52,
of Moyock died on Wednesday, Sept. 24, of an apparent heart attack.
Rose was a commercial crabber, pound netter, and fish dealer who ran Paul Rose Seafood. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Autumn |
was the first official day of fall, and it sure feels like it around
here. Cooler temps and a northeast wind generally signify that summer
is behind us. That's okay. Fall is just as much fun and can be just as
entertaining on the Outer Banks.
we are lucky, our weather pattern gradually shifts with an occasional,
small northeaster in the mix. This allows the migrating fish a chance
to move close to the shore nice and slow and will generally allow for a
good, extended fall fishing season.
All the signs tell us that the fall fishing is just beginning. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: September brings signs of what's to come|
September brings a little relief from the heat, a break in the traffic,
and beaches reopen -- to some degree -- after seasonal resource
closures. Residents relax a little and want to play more. And visitors
can take advantage of smaller crowds, more beach access, and better
deals on accommodations, along with some price cuts from local
retailers looking to move overstocked items.
importantly, September means fall fishing could begin very soon. The
crucial factor is the weather pattern over the next couple of weeks.
What are the air temps? What are the water temps? And, finally,
what direction is the wind blowing? All of these will affect
|Outer Banks Angling: The wicked North vs. the glorious South|
columnist Rob Alderman has believed for quite some time that the Outer
Banks needs national exposure to promote its fishing. We need something
to put our world-class fleets, marinas, and fishing grounds in the face
of the masses -- and "Wicked Tuna: North vs. South" might just do that.
program, he says, could potentially help drive fishermen to our waters
-- anglers who wouldn't necessarily come this way. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Where has it gone?|
am relatively positive that I have started most of my columns this year
talking about the weather. It's been hard not too. It's been difficult
to circumvent this wild year of meteorological events when you're
discussing fishing. Lately, we've had a lot of hard rain and
thunderstorms -- not to mention Tropical Storm Bertha skirting us and
stirring up the seas.
Weather like that can hamper beach and pier fishing, along with wading and kayaking.
Boats can generally outrun severe storms. However, as usual, we all have managed to make the best of it. ....Read
|Lawsuit would force agencies to manage recreational turtle bycatch|
commercial fishing organizations yesterday filed litigation in U.S.
District Court in Raleigh alleging that several agencies and their
representatives have failed to abide by the Endangered Species Act
in the protection of sea turtles.
fishing groups ask that state and federal agencies be ordered to
implement regulations to manage the incidental take of threatened and
endangered sea turtles by recreational fishermen. ....Read
|Marine Fisheries certifies new state record African pompano|
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record
African pompano. Toby Grantham, of Knightdale, N.C., reeled in the
46-pound fish on May 11 while fishing off Atlantic Beach. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: The summer doldrums|
month of July has been quite interesting in the weather department.From
hurricanes to mini-northeasters, hard southwest winds, and torrential
downpours, we have seen it all.
But the weather is not responsible for the slower fishing. It's just summer. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Summer time....WITH VIDEO|
are just barely into the official start of summer and the heat has
already found us, along with plenty of visitors. The highway has seen a
mighty large influx of traffic as of late, accompanied by a mighty
large influx of heat.
of these high heat days had very little wind and made inshore fishing
slow, but for the most part fishing has remained fair all along the
and foremost, the offshore yellowfin tuna action has been red hot. You
could ride by most local marinas and find almost every boat in the
fleet absent from its dock slip in the early hours--only to be back
most days before noon. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Almost there|
will not be much longer before the official start of summer. The days
are getting longer and the temps are getting warmer--finally.
are currently caught in a front that has brought some spring-like
temperatures, which is nice, considering we had gone from cold weather
to 90 degrees almost overnight. Getting a little milder weather with
low humidity and cooler temps has been welcomed with open arms.
The fishing has been solid overall. ....Read
|2013 commercial and recreational fish and shellfish harvests released|
state’s commercial fishing harvest continued in a three-year decreasing
trend in 2013; while the dockside value of that harvest increased for
the third straight year.
fishermen sold 50 million pounds of fish and shellfish at North
Carolina docks in 2013, a 12 percent decrease from 2012 and 21 percent
less than the five-year average, according to the N.C. Division of
Marine Fisheries’ Trip Ticket Program. However, the dockside value of
the catch rose to $79 million, 9 percent higher than in 2012 and 4
percent higher than the five-year average. ....Read
|Ridge Anglers of Kitty Hawk take first place in Ocracoke tournament…WITH SLIDE SHOW|
Ridge Anglers of Kitty Hawk, first-place winners of the annual Ocracoke
Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament last week, had a specific strategy
for their top ranking. “Fish hard,” said team captain Brandon Phillips.
total points of 77 with 23 fish caught bested the other 69 teams in the
31st year of this springtime event on the island. Fishing days were
Thursday and Friday, May 1-2. ....Read
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