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|Outer Banks Angling: A wooden stake|
title of this column may imply that I am going to be talking about how
to bring down a mythical creature of the night, but I am not.
week the Outer Banks experienced a typical winter nor’easter. It was
cold, wet and very windy. The wind generated a large ocean swell, and
that swell packed a punch. A few places saw the water punch through
along the Banks, and other spots took some damage from it. One of those
places was the Rodanthe Pier. ....Read
|Will increased bluefin tuna quota benefit local fishermen -- or not?|
Banks fishermen will have more bluefin tuna quota than ever to work
with this winter. That is, if the lucrative big fish show up
here, and the fishermen can get out of the shoaled inlets to catch
new management rule that went into effect Jan. 1 effectively gives
twice the general quota for bluefin over previous years for North
Carolina through March 31.
took the December quota and moved it up to Jan. 1,” said Charley
Pereira, president of the Southeast Bluefin Tuna Association. “We’ve
got double the quota – yeah baby! - but we’ve got very, very little
inlet, to the point of danger.” ....Read
|State to close more coastal waters to shellfishing to save money|
state closed more than 300,000 acres of water bottom to shellfish
harvests today as a way to save tax dollars spent on water quality
monitoring with little impact to fishermen.
closures – the result of funding cuts approved in last year’s state
budget – will have an impact on areas of the Albemarle Sound, Currituck
Sound, the upper Pungo River and the upper Neuse River. These waters
have long been considered non-productive shellfish waters.
Environmental conditions, such as salinity levels, are not conducive to
growing oysters and clams, and little or no shellfish harvest occurs in
these waters. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Striped gold...WITH VIDEO|
who was around the Outer Banks from the turn of the century through
2008 would have seen an absolute melee every winter. Anglers came from
all around to join the local crowd to chase striped bass.
fishery was hot and so was the winter money that came with it. Rental
companies, motels, restaurants, tackle shops, charter boats and others
were making some extra coin during the off-season by catering to the
many anglers who came to catch these fish.
for the past several years, the striped bass fishery has been all but
nonexistent, though the fish made a brief showing in the winter of 2011.
columnist, Rob Alderman, took a couple fishing trips recently with
state researchers who are trying to find out more about striped bass
and when we might be catching them again. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: Getting jiggy|
is finally in full swing on the Outer Banks. The air is cold, the water
is cold, and the fishing is mostly slow. But, because the weather has
turned, doesn’t mean the fishing has completely shut down. I had a
chance to get offshore and chase some blackfin tuna on butterfly jigs,
and it was a very good day. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: A wicked good time|
end of another year is finally upon us and what a great year it was.
Overall, 2014 provided some great fishing. A variety of species were
caught and provided tons of entertainment for all.
In 2014, we also saw something new for the Outer Banks – a national TV show highlighting our area’s fishing.
Tuna: North vs. South" was spawned as a spinoff to National
Geographic’s highly popular original, "Wicked Tuna," which is based out
of Gloucester, Mass., and follows local commercial captains who chase
Tuna: North vs. South" was filmed off the Outer Banks last winter and
made its television debut on Aug. 17. Now we are wondering if a second
season is in our future. ....Read
|License fees will rise in 2015 for commercial and recreational fishermen and hunters|
North Carolina General Assembly devoted much of the 2013 and 2014
sessions to slashing income taxes and raising the standard deductions,
while tossing out most personal income tax deductions. The move was
heralded as a way to allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned
But what the General Assembly gives, it also has the power to take away.
addition to expanding sales tax base, the legislature also zeroed in on
other sources of revenues including raising taxes (aka fees) on both
commercial and recreational fishermen and hunters. ....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
|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
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