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|Outer Banks Angling: 'Tis the season|
remained mighty fair through the end of November and the beginning of
this month. Now we are well into December, and we have begun to hit
that point where the fishing tends to slow down. In the first week or
so of this month, the Outer Banks saw a northeaster and a dwindling
number of visitors and fishermen overall.
drum of all sizes continue to be picked at along the beaches, and some
nice speckled trout have made a couple of appearances. If you search
for a decent slough from the Buxton jetties down towards Frisco, you
may have a chance at a speck or two. ....Read
|Dispute leaves Oregon Inlet Fishing Center lease up in the air|
Inlet Fishing Center will be operated under an extended contract for
another year while the National Park Service reevaluates terms that
were rejected in October by the center’s board.
the Park Service nor representatives of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Inc. would elaborate on details of the disagreement, but both parties
profess to want to find a solution. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Deep Freeze|
true Outer Banks fashion, someone threw a switch and the weather took a
hard turn to cold. Any local resident or frequent visitor can tell you
that the weather around here can go from one extreme to another in the
blink of an eye—and that’s exactly what has happened.
having had a mild fall, winter has found us overnight and has made for
some bone-chilling temperatures. Most of the country has been hit by
severe winter weather in the past week.
But, the cooler temps don’t mean that the area fishing will crash—just yet. ....Read
|Weather and fish cooperated in 57th annual Anglers Club tournament...WITH SLIDE SHOW|
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament bills
itself as the largest in the world, and with 120 six-person teams, it
would be hard to deny the claim.
annual tournament— this was the 57th competition—is a two-day affair
almost always scheduled the Thursday and Friday before the first full
weekend of November. There is an exception based on when Halloween
falls, but that doesn’t happen very often.
fishing was good this year; not record-setting like it was nine or ten
years ago, but certainly better than it has been for the past two or
three years. With a calm ocean and mild temperatures, Thursday was the
better day, but teams were finding fish on Friday as well. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: The drum keeps on beating...WITH VIDEO|
2014 has been an absolutely stellar year for red drum fishing. Red drum of all sizes have been caught all year.
it was cold and snowing or it was sunny and beautiful, finding a red
drum in a fishing report has not been hard. Everyone has noticed the
overwhelming puppy drum population in the Outer Banks waters. ....Read
|State certifies new skipjack tuna record caught south of Hatteras Inlet|
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new
skipjack tuna state record. Matthew Charles K caught south of Hatteras
elly of Chesapeake, Va., reeled in the 32-pound fish on Aug. 31 while fishing in the Gulf Stream south of Hatteras Inlet. ....Read
|52-inch red drum takes first in annual NCBBA tournament...WITH SLIDE SHOW|
drum fishing was really hot as the sixth annual North Carolina Beach
Buggy Association Red Drum Tournament got underway in the early morning
hours of Thursday, Oct. 23, on Hatteras Island's northern beaches. A
cold front had just passed through the area, temperatures were cool,
and the wind was blowing at 25 to 30 mph from the northwest --
apparently great weather for catching the fish.
the last session on the first day, Jamie Fajardo of Fuquay Varina,
N.C., reeled in a 52-inch red drum, which turned out to be the
tournament winner. ....Read
|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
|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
|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
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