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|Coast Guard to intensify efforts to stop offshore poaching of Atlantic Striped Bass|
The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to intensify efforts to stop offshore poaching of Atlantic striped bass this winter.
an effort to ensure the health of the striped bass population, the
Coast Guard is working to raise awareness of the federal regulations
stating Atlantic striped bass may not be caught, harvested, or
possessed in the Exclusive Economic Zone. The EEZ begins three nautical
miles from shore and extends out to 200 nautical miles. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: The blitz|
puppy drum continue to charge the beaches. Without a doubt, they are
the talk of the town. The puppy drum bite has been epic and those
taking the time to pier, surf, or boat fish for them have been rewarded
in a big way. These fish have been caught on bait and lures alike and
at times--I've seen two pups on one bottom rig or double trout rig.
What more could an angler ask for in November? ....Read
|Plenty of fish were caught in annual Anglers Club tournament ….WITH SLIDE SHOWS|
56th annual Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Invitational Surf Fishing
Tournament, one of the oldest tournaments on the East Coast, brought
120 teams of six anglers each to fish on Hatteras Island beaches last
by all accounts, the 2013 tournament was a good one, not plagued by
some of the Highway 12 access issues after Hurricane Irene and Sandy or
really awful wind and weather.
lot of fish were caught, and a lot of points were scored,” said Anglers
Club President Larry Hardham. The teams caught a total of 1,166 fish
for a total of 7, 687 points. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Outstanding … WITH VIDEO|
We are now at the start of November and the weather has been absolutely outstanding.
Actually, it has been one of the best fall seasons in the weather department I can remember.
the area being plagued by hurricanes the past two years that left the
Banks trying to scrape together a fall tourist season, it was nice to
see such great weather this year. ....Read
|Frisco man has state record golden tilefish|
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state
record golden tilefish. Rex Allen Bunting Jr. of Frisco caught the fish
April 7 while fishing off Hatteras. The fish weighed 46 pounds. It
measured 43 inches from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail and
had a 29-inch girth. ....Read
|85 drum are caught and released during NCBBA Red Drum Tournament|
the government shutdown that was threatening the success of the annual
North Carolina Beach Buggy Association Red Drum Tournament, all turned
out well. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches reopened a week
before the event, and 262 folks participated in this year’s tourney.
in that number were 34 judges, seven junior anglers, 49 seniors, 19
females, and 16 winners from the 2012 tournament. They came from 18
states with Allan May from Dallas, Texas, traveling the farthest to
|Outer Banks Angler: Back to normal|
that the beaches are back to normal as we currently know it, the
fishing has been pretty good. From Hatteras to Ocracoke, the
puppy drum fishing has been great and it should be. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: A total mess|
you have been in a cave or completely unplugged from the world, you
must know that there has been a massive federal government shutdown
that has totally closed down the beaches and other facilities at the
Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Needless to say, this has complicated life for fall fishermen on Hatteras and Ocracoke. ....Read
|When crab pots become death traps|
ghosts, and orphans might sound more like Charles Dickens characters
than lost or abandoned crab pots, but the terminology is an apt
description of marine debris clogging northeastern North Carolina
two-year pilot project to find and remove unattended, storm-tossed or
sunken wire pots, netting and fishing line from areas of the region’s
sounds is being launched this winter in a cooperative arrangement
between the N.C. Coastal Federation, North Carolina Sea Grant, the
state Marine Patrol, working watermen and community volunteers. ....Read
|UPDATE: MFC votes unanimously to deny trawling ban|
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted unanimously today at
its meeting in Raleigh to deny a petition to reclassify most of the
state’s internal coastal waters as permanent secondary nursery areas.
advisory panels to the commission voted in July to recommend that the
petition be denied. If the petition for rulemaking had been granted, it
would have effectively banned shrimp and crab trawling in North
Carolina inshore waters. ....Read
commercial and recreational fish and shellfish harvests are released
Carolina commercial and recreational seafood harvests dropped in 2012,
likely due to a combination of environmental, economic, and regulatory
factors, including the shoaling of Oregon Inlet.
fishermen harvested 56.7 million pounds of finfish and shellfish from
North Carolina coastal waters in 2012, a 16 percent drop from the
previous year, according to the North Carolina Trip Ticket Program.
However, the value of commercial landings increased by 2.6 percent in
2012 to $73 million.
anglers harvested an estimated 12 million pounds of finfish (8.1
million fish) in 2012, a 9 percent decrease from 2011, according to the
state’s Coastal Angling Program. ....Read
|UPDATE: Gamefish bill is dead in state
controversial gamefish bill that would have made three species of
wild-caught fish unavailable to watermen and consumers in North
Carolina was killed late Wednesday, making it the fourth time a
gamefish measure has perished in the state.
officially dead,” said Rep. Paul Tine, a Kitty Hawk Democrat. “It will
said that the news was relayed to him by the bill’s primary sponsor,
Rep. Tom Murry, R-Wake, who had just left a late-day Republican caucus.
UPDATE: Gamefish bill is alive and well
in the legislature
the chaos of changeover day in the state legislature, the proposed
gamefish bill continues to sit quietly in a committee, still
legislatively viable and apparently not forgotten.
definitely not dead,” said Deans Eatman, a staff member in the office
of Rep. Michael Wray, a Northampton Democrat who is one of the bill’s
primary sponsors. ....Read
UPDATE: Watermen plan a show in force in Raleigh to oppose
in North Carolina plan a show of force in Raleigh on Monday, when
members of the public have been invited to give feedback on a proposed
gamefish bill that would make specked trout, red drum, and estuarine
striped bass no longer available to consumers and commercial fishermen.
“Folks are very concerned about this legislation,” said David
Hilton, president of the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association. “All
the leaders in the community are definitely calling all the fishermen
to go.” ....Read
terrain is rougher in new version of the gamefish bill
fishermen for the fourth time are fighting against passage of a
gamefish bill that is winding its way through the North Carolina
General Assembly, but this time the political terrain is rougher and
the legislation is an entangled mix of actions.
bill, HB 983, proposes to remove red drum, speckled trout, and
estuarine striped bass from commercial fishing and make them solely
recreational catches, a measure strongly opposed on the
The same bill, however, also provides funds for dredging and fisheries
observers, measures strongly favored on the coast. It would also
compensate watermen for losses. And it raises fees on
recreational saltwater fishing licenses as a funding mechanism. ....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