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|Outer Banks Angling: That time again
Yep! It’s Memorial Day weekend. And, while meteorologists might disagree, the nation considers it the official start of summer.
can expect a longer wait at their favorite tackle shop and more people
on their favorite pier or in their favorite beach fishing spot. But,
tourism is what keeps this area alive and visitors are welcomed here.
Although the tourist season is just about to heat up, the fishing has
been fairly decent for a couple of weeks now. Read
|MFC adopts stricter blue crab regulations
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission adopted stricter blue crab
regulations at its meeting last week. According to a news release from
the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, the measures are meant to
improve the condition of the state’s blue crab stock. Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Cobia Madness
plenty to read on websites and social media for all things cobia,
because it is that time of year -- and because the cobia regulation
debate continues to rage on.
debate centers on how North Carolina should address a federal request
to impose both a new creel limit and a season closure for cobia, and
the proposals have recreational and professional fishermen in an
|MFC imposes new restrictions on recreational cobia catch
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries
Commission voted last week to impose restrictions on the recreational
cobia fishery to try to avoid a closing of the fishery on June 20 by a
The new restriction are effective today -- Monday, May 23.
Tensions run high at four-hour meeting on cobia closure
Monday evening, May 9, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council,
in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, held a
public question-and-answer meeting to address cobia management issues,
including an upcoming closure of the fishery, at the Hilton Garden Inn
in Kitty Hawk.
scheduled recreational closure has caused concerns from fishermen,
particularly those from North Carolina and Virginia, where the closure
will have negative economic and social impacts because of the
seasonality of the fishery. As a result, tensions and tempers of the
attendees were high and continued to rise for the more than four hour
duration of the meeting.
|Cat Baby wins Offshore Open with 648.5-pound blue marlin...WITH SLIDE SHOW
Baby took top honors in last week's Hatteras Village Offshore Open with
a 648.5-pound blue marlin, landed by angler Keith Henry. The
boat's total 1,297 points earned it a check for $44,401.88.
place with 1,200 points for three released blue marlin went to Sea Toy,
whose crew earned total prize money of $22,809.22. Coverage took
third place with two blue marlin and a sailfish released for 1,000
points and total prize money of $10,738.31. Read
|Capt. Ernie Foster honored by Billfish Foundation
Ernie Foster of Hatteras village has been honored by the Billfish
Foundation, the world's leading conservation organization for marlin,
sailfish, spearfish, and associated highly migratory species.
group, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, last week
announced the winners of its prestigious Rybovich Lifetime Achievement
Award. The winners included Foster, Captain Kelvin "Red" Bailey
of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and Bonnie Powell of Brandon, Fla.
|The humble oyster could help the environment and the economy
evangelists are spreading the word about how new aquaculture
techniques, marketing ideas and investment in shellfish resources could
pair economic development and environmental improvement. Read
|Ocracoke surf-fishing tournament still at top of its game
71 fishing teams were all in a good mood Friday evening, April 29, as
the 33rd annual Ocracoke Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament came to
the beer, good food -- barbecue, black-eyed peas, potato salad
and cole slaw -- supplied by Jack Edwards and the Carolina Boys and
under the big tent at the Community Center’s awards party, groups were
in a mood to talk. Read
|State fisheries agency plans survey of commercial fishermen
fishermen who fish in the Atlantic Ocean off of North Carolina may
receive a questionnaire in the mail or by phone call in the coming
weeks and months for an N.C Division of Marine Fisheries survey. Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Getting there fast
After what can only be described as an amazing month of weather, inshore fishing is faring quite well for March.
temps averaged mid-60s and higher most of the month with a dominant
southwest wind the better part of it -- which is rare for March. March
is generally unpredictable and brings as much foul weather as it does
good weather, but March of 2016 broke the mold. 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