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|Outer Banks Angling: Red, white, and stripes
this report, our fishing columnist has news on the red drum bite, a
possible new record white marlin, and striper fishing. Angling is
looking good for the long holiday weekend. Read
|Shellfish studies signal a new strategy for the state
When it came to shaping coastal policy, the 2015 legislative session could go down as the year of the oyster.
a bid to jumpstart low, relatively static production levels,
legislators added more than a half-dozen provisions, including a look
at new leasing practices, the potential end to a moratorium on
shellfish leases in Core Sound, and a long-term plan for creating a
major new sanctuary program for Pamlico Sound. Read
|Fisheries panel places emergency limits on flounder catches
five hours of motions, amendments and haggling over details, the North
Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission approved an emergency measure
Thursday that will close down most fishing for southern flounder in the
state’s sounds after Oct. 16.
restrictions, which are aimed at allowing larger numbers of fish to
migrate into the ocean to reach spawning age, were deemed necessary by
the Division of Marine Fisheries even though the usefulness of a 2014
stock assessment was challenged by a peer review.
Read the story by Rob Morris in The Outer Banks Voice.
|Outer Banks Angling: Feel the beat of the drum
recent weeks, the red drum bite has picked up tenfold from pier and
surf. From Salvo to Avon, the surf bite has been really good at times.
Many citation fish were landed by those targeting the big boys. I
talked to friends who got into them and saw plenty of photos hitting
Cape Point has had a few really big runs of drum, and surf fishermen on Ocracoke have had their share also. Read
|It's 'rags-to-riches' story for winning Anglers Club tournament team .... WITH SLIDE SHOW
It was a real "rags-to-riches" story for the Tidewater Anglers Club of
Virginia Beach, the team that took home the winning trophy in last
week's 58th annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing
Anglers Club tournament is topic of Radio Hatteras show...WITH AUDIO
annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament,
the largest and one of the oldest on the East Coast, was the topic of
the Radio Hatteras Interview Show, "To the Point," on Sunday, Oct. 18.
guests for the interview were Larry Hardham, long-time president of the
Anglers Club, and Pat Weston, the club's secretary. Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Fall means the drum are around
the end of October, and we are well into fall. After a brutal attack
from Mother Nature at the end of September and earlier this month , the
Outer Banks has had mainly mild weather. -- maybe, at times, a little
too mild to catch good numbers of the bigger fish. However, the drum --
and other fish -- have still been around, if you go looking for
|Rom Whitaker is top charter captain in Governor's Cup Tournament
Rom Whitaker of Hatteras village is the winner for the charter boat
captain's category in the 2015 Governor's Cup Billfish Conservation
Series. Whitaker, whose charter boat Release placed ninth overall in
the competition, was awarded his trophy at a recent ceremony at the
Governor's Mansion in Raleigh.
winning an award at the ceremony was Judy Bonney, an owner of Hatteras
Harbor Marina, where the Release is docked. Bonney won the Dale Ward
Conservation Trophy, which recognizes an individual for efforts in
billfish conservation in the sportfishing community. Read
|49 1/2-inch fish wins NCBBA Red Drum Tournament
seventh annual North Carolina Beach Buggy Association Red Drum
Tournament drew 292 anglers from across the country who caught 38 red
drum, including 23 citations, six yearlings and nine puppy drum -- all
winning red drum was caught by Jamie Fajardo of Fuquay Varina, N.C.,
who reeled in a 49.5-inch fish. Fajardo was also last year's winner
with a 52-inch red drum. Read
|The season for harvesting oysters is underway
time to pull out the fire grates, steamer pots, and shucking knives
because the season for harvesting oysters in North Carolina begins at
sunrise on Thursday, Oct. 15. To keep this season healthy and happy,
the state Division of Marine Fisheries offers some a few things
consumers and fishermen should keep in mind. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: The light at the end of the storm
weather made it highly difficult for the offshore fleets to run most of
the time and also made it very hard, if not impossible, to fish from a
great deal of the surf, whether because of the surf being too tough,
the tide being too high along the beach, or even the beaches being
closed for safety by the Park Service.
Does this mean that no fish have been caught? No. ....Read
|Makeup of state fisheries board invites political intrigue
law authorizes a Marine Fisheries Commission to set policies governing
the harvest of the state’s fish stock. It also says the commission is
supposed to treat commercial and recreational interests fairly.
But the commission was designed in such a manner that a balancing act
between the two competing interests on the board is all but impossible.
The board’s makeup also lends itself to political intrigue in the
appointment of members by the governor. The problem lies in how the
nine seats are allocated.
Three are reserved for commercial interests, three for recreational and
one for a marine scientist. Two are classified as “at large,” with the
only qualification being a “knowledge” of the fisheries industry.
Without those at-large seats, it would be a seven-member board with a
scientist serving as the tiebreaker. But with two at-large seats,
historically both sides have lobbied governors to appoint members
sympathetic to one of the two competing groups.
Until June of this year, the at-large seats were in the hands of two
members who not only voted and voiced opinions in the interests of the
recreational side, but both members, Anna Beckwith and Chuck
Laughridge, voted almost in tandem with rules and policy changes
recommended and endorsed by the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA).
to read the fourth installment in a five-part series examining who is
in control, who is being ignored and who has no voice at all in the
management of the state’s multi-million-dollar resource of finfish and
|Fish respond to warming ocean
was a doctoral student at East Carolina University in 2011 when he
started recording shark activity in North Carolina sounds. In the
previous four decades, nine juvenile bull shark pups were documented in
Pamlico Sound. During the next three years, researchers with the state
Division of Marine Fisheries would catch 54, Bangley said.
is not just the juveniles that were being caught. Neonates – sharks
that are less than one year old — were also appearing in Pamlico Sound.
They begin showing in May and peak a month later, Bangley noted.
“And May and June is the pupping season in both Gulf Coast
nursery habitats and Florida nursery habitats,” he said. ....Read
|Battle brewing over flounder limits based on disputed study
another clash between commercial and recreational fishing interests is
coming to a showdown, this time over southern flounder and it now
involves the North Carolina General Assembly.
On Aug. 20, 13 legislators, led by Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, sent a
letter to Division of Environmental and Natural Resources Secretary
Donald van der Vaart asking him to rescind the authority he gave to the
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission to “vote on stock-reduction
policies that would have grave economic consequences to commercial
The battle over harvesting southern flounder has been percolating for
the past few years. Certain recreational fishing interest groups,
particularly the Coastal Conservation Association, have called for a
massive reduction in catches of the fish, including a complete ban on
Things heated up even more when a DMF-commissioned stock assessment of
southern flounder released in January was rejected by a peer-review
Read the story in The Outer Banks Voice.
|Coast Guard releases boating safety app
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. ....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