Winners of Cape Hatteras Anglers Club 2017 Members Fishing Contest Announced

After a year competing for largest fish caught in 2017 by a member of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club the winners were honored at the Surf Fishing Contest Awards Dinner Feb. 10 at the Anglers Club. 
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Hatteras Fishing in February

I probably jumped the gun when I wrote about bluefins in January.  Yes, that is when they typically make their appearance, but in February things really get rockin’.  Of course things are always subject to change, but for the last ten or more years, February and March have been the best of it. 
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Surprises and New Commercial Fishing Requirements surface at MFC Meeting

Several surprise motions were passed at the February 14-15 North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission’s (MFC) meeting in Wrightsville Beach. 
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New Buoys Going on Estuarine Artificial Reefs and Oyster Sanctuaries

Anglers who fish on artificial reefs and oyster sanctuaries in the rivers and sounds will notice some changes to the buoys this spring.  
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Three Appointments Made to Marine Fisheries Commission

Gov. Cooper has appointed three individuals to the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission. 
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North Carolina Watermen United Elect  New Board President and Vice Presidents

The Board of Directors of the North Carolina Watermen United (NCWU) elected a new President and two Co-Vice Presidents at a recent meeting to kick off 2018. 
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The Controversy Surrounding the Proposed Commercial Fishing License Changes

Watermen are up in arms about a proposal that could restrict commercial fishing licenses to people who earn half their income from fishing, fulfill at least three dozen trip tickets annually and provide $10,000 a year per crew.  Otherwise, they could be kicked into an inactive pool. 
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How Winter Temps Can Affect Spring Fishing

Cold winter weather can play a key role in what you’re allowed to fish for next spring. That point was driven home when low temperatures in early January led North Carolina to temporarily bar fishing for spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus), one of the most popular targets for recreational anglers. 
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Marine Fisheries Commission Accepting Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Commercial Fishing License

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is accepting public comment on five recommended changes to the commercial fishing license structure it plans to further discuss at its February meeting. 

“Nothing here is etched in stone,” said commission Chairman Sammy Corbett. 
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Recreational Black Sea Bass Season North Of Cape Hatteras Opens Feb. 1

The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open Feb. 1 in federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras.
The minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches total length (tip of the snout to the tip of the tail), and the bag limit will be 15 fish per person, per day. The season will close Feb. 28. 
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Council Seeks Input on Proposed Changes for Atlantic Cobia Management

Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council are soliciting public input on proposed management changes for Atlantic cobia as they consider revising the current management system. Public hearings will be held via webinar with public listening stations beginning January 22, 2018. Information on the proposed changes is now available from the Council’s website at: Written comments are also being solicited using the online comment form available from the website page. 
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Annual Pot Closure Period Begins Jan. 15

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is reminding fishermen of the annual pot removal period beginning Jan. 15 and ending Feb. 7.
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Committee To Define ‘Commercial Fisherman’

A committee of North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission members will meet Thursday to develop a definition of a commercial fisherman.

The meeting starts at 1 p.m. in the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City. 
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Happy New Year! An Inside Look at Wintertime Fishing

All the weather forecasters have predicted a cold winter.  We just survived a blizzard, and the temperatures are supposed to be below freezing for a week.  That’s enough for me, but just like the fall, you never know what you’re gonna get.  It seems like forever till spring, but three months will go by like a flash and I’ll switch back over to my preferred attire of shorts and a t-shirt. 
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Steve Murphey Named Fisheries Director

Steve Murphey will serve as the new director for the Division of Marine Fisheries or DMF, effective immediately, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Thursday. 
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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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