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Marine Fisheries Commission delays vote on southern flounder proposals

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission postponed action on proposals for southern Flounder management that had been scheduled for last week’s meeting. 
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Outer Banks Angling:  Fishing is solid as summer winds down

Summer continues to race by with the end of August already approaching and children preparing for yet another school year. The forecast of late has hopefully been a prelude of weather to come. Mother Nature threw us several very nice days, with much welcomed cool temps and low humidity.

It's been common to hear people say they were ready for fall. As a fisherman, I know I am ready for the fall run of fish to begin. 
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The sassy women  of 'Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks" call Hatteras home...WITH VIDEO

The second season of National Geographic’s "Wicked Tuna:Outer Banks" premiered last week featuring some of the same rough men as last year and some of the same rough conditions. But what that first episode was missing is this season’s most interesting addition -- the show’s first-ever all women crew. 

On Sunday’s upcoming episode, Captain Tami Gray, from Frisco and her mates, Jessie Anderson and Dita Young , from Hatteras, will be in the spotlight, showing them fishing last winter on the Reel Action in a ferocious competition to hook bluefin off the Outer Banks.
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Commercial fishing harvest increases, recreational harvest decreases in 2014

North Carolina’s commercial fishing harvest increased by 23 percent in 2014, boosted by higher landings of blue crabs, spiny dogfish, and summer flounder.

Commercial fishermen sold 61.7 million pounds of fish and shellfish to North Carolina fish dealers last year, according the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Commercial Trip Ticket Program. It was the first year commercial fisheries landings rose since 2010, an upward tick in a long declining trend since the late 1990s.

Recreational fishermen harvested approximately 9.6 million fish, weighing about 9 million pounds in 2014, a 25 percent decrease in pounds from 2013, according to the division’s Coastal Angling Program. It is 29 percent lower than the average of recreational landings from 2010 to 2013. 
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Coast Guard releases boating safety app

The 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. 
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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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