2016 Recreational Catch Statistics (NCDMF)

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Recent headlines from Marine Fisheries: “NC Recreational Salt Water Landings Down”. NCDMF has reported that although the fishing effort is up, that is there were 16% more fishing trips in 2016 compared to 2015, anglers caught 18% fewer fish. But as always the devil is in the details! One bright spot is last year’s great… Read more »

NEW COBIA Regs (5/20/16)

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Release: Immediate Contact: Patricia Smith Date: May 20, 2016 Phone: 252-726-7021 or 252-342-0642   Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday   MOREHEAD CITY –The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has issued a proclamation consistent with the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission’s decision to impose restrictions on the recreational cobia fishery. On Thursday the commission… Read more »

Crystal Coast CCA Banquet 3/19/16

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Join us Saturday, March 19th at the Crystal Coast Civic Center for the Crystal Coast Chapter of CCA’s Annual Fundraising Banquet. Doors will open at 6pm. We have some exciting raffle prizes this year including sought after firearms and top-rated fishing gear to get you ready for spring fishing! You won’t want to miss the… Read more »

Net Effect: The fight over flounder

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We are all aware of the continuing debate concerning large mesh gill nets and southern flounder fishery in our state. Recently WRAL TV in Raleigh ran a documentary on this and the use of inshore shrimp trawls. They gave a fair presentation from the commercial side, recreational side and regulatory side of the southern (internal)… Read more »

Emerald Isle Water Temperatures for August 2015

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Surf at Bogue Pier ranged from low of 81-degrees to a high of 85-degrees with an average of 83.3-degrees (blue). Bogue Sound had a Low of 80-degrees and a high of 88-degrees with an average of 83.7-degrees (red). Interestingly average Bogue Sound and surf temperatures were very close, and we had a usual number of days… Read more »

First “Mullet Blow” Dates, Since 1999

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Dates and surf water temperatures for the first mullet blow on Bogue Banks. For me, the day FALL fishing begins. We were right on schedule this year. Signs of a mullet blow began on Monday at Oceanana Pier and continues through Friday (8/30/16). This was not a very robust event but just the first.  … Read more »

The southern flounder recommendations (5/7/15)

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NCDMF leadership wants to give rec. anglers a one fish bag limit on flounder and a season closure while keeping gill nets in the water. The southern flounder recommendations are out. “Catch reductions were estimated for five proposed management options to reduce annual catch and increase escapement of southern flounder: (1) implement a season closure,… Read more »

Fisheries commission approves 18 Coastal Recreational Fishing License grants

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Fisheries commission approves 18 Coastal Recreational Fishing License grants MOREHEAD CITY – Revenues from the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License will pay $1.5 million in the coming year toward projects to help provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research. The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved 18 grants, totaling $1,551,613, for the 2015 cycle…. Read more »

Plastic tags meant to head off double safety inspections

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Plastic tags meant to head off double safety inspections MOREHEAD CITY – N.C. Marine Patrol and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officers will be working together in the coming days on a pilot project designed to help avoid stopping boaters twice for safety inspections and to expedite other vessel stops. The two enforcement agencies will be… Read more »