Updating North Carolina’s Artificial Reef Program; New Directions

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 Updating North Carolina’s Artificial Reef Program; New Directions. by Dr. Bogus According to Jim Francesconi, Coordinator of North Carolina’s artificial fishing reef program, the program was started back in the 1970s, when it was mostly organized by coastal fishing clubs and local municipalities. But in 1984 the North Carolina’s Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF) fully… Read more »

Dr. Bogus’ Feted Feta Trout

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Dr. Bogus’ Feted Feta Trout Ingredients: 1-4oz.-container smooth feta cheese 2-cloves of garlic (pressed thru garlic press) 6-slices of sun dried tomatoes, soaked to softness and chopped 2-T Olive oil ½-bag fresh baby spinach leaves (4 to 5 ounces) 1-T butter 4-trout fillets (skinned) Salt and pepper to taste   Preparation: 1)      With a fork,… Read more »

Cobia, a fish with an attitude! By Dr. Bogus

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Cobia, a fish with an attitude! By Dr. Bogus   Ling, cabio, lemonfish, crab-eater, flathead, black salmon, black kingfish, sergeant fish and, runner are among the many monikers of this prized, hard fighting and tasty fish. “This is a peculiar looking critter,” explains Capt. Ron McPherson, operator of Highlander Charters (Atlantic Beach, NC), “they actually… Read more »

Pier Fishing for Blackfin Tuna!

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Pier fishing for tuna! By Dr. Bogus (Richard Ehrenkaufer, PhD) Maurilio Marquez is a construction worker from Cary who has enjoyed fishing in Emerald Isle for the last 18-years. Marquez, who started king mackerel fishing just six-years ago may have already had his best season, and it’s only April. Equipped with his new Shimano reel… Read more »

Spanish Tricks

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Spanish Tricks, by Dr. Bogus Pier fishing: Typically, the Spanish mackerel return in a blitz condition in early May and along Carolina’s Crystal Coast, and May Day has been synonymous with the return of the Spanish. This is however fairly remarkable, since barely a decade ago, the fishery was on the verge of collapse from… Read more »

Big Old Red(fish) by Dr.Bogus (with Capt. Bryan Goodwin)

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  Big Old Red Drum of the Neuse River By Dr. Bogus One of the thrills of fishing is catching the “big one”. Capt. Ahab’s big one was the great white whale, Capt. Bryan Goodwin’s is a big old red drum. Goodwin’s normal fishing is the typical pro-style grass marsh fishing of the backwaters of… Read more »