Gator Encounters of the Fishing Kind by Dr. Bogus

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Gator encounters of the fishing kind, by Dr. Bogus Many of us have seen the recent You Tube video gone viral with Fred Boyce, a herpetologist at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, wrestling a big alligator in a roadside ditch in Down East Carteret County. Boyce recovered from the arm bite and finally… Read more »

Lions and Tigers Oh My, the Alien Invasion

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Lions and Tigers oh my: The “alien” invasion by Dr. Bogus Hold onto your hat Batman, beware of the alien invasion! No they are not critters from outer space or refugees from Area 51 or Roswell, New Mexico, but according to Dr. James Morris from the NOAA Labs in Beaufort, NC, the invasion of lionfish… Read more »

Fish Mounts; Preserving your Trophy Fish by Dr. Bogus

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Fish mounts; preserving your trophy fish for the ages. By Dr. Bogus We all like to memorialize our very special fish. One caught on a trip to an exotic local, an unusual catch or a truly outstanding trophy fish. Most of us take out our digital camera these days take photos from every which angle,… Read more »

Doc Ford’s Yucatan Shrimp

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Doc Ford’s Yucatan Shrimp 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 large clove garlic, minced Juice of two large limes 1 tablespoon ( or more!) Indonesian sambal (preferably sambal oelek, by Huy Fong, though sriracha will work as well) Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 pound large, fresh, shell-on shrimp 1 teaspoon jalapeño,… Read more »

Fish Temperature Charts

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Fish Temperature Chart (Alphabetically) Species Lower avoidance T Optimum T Upper avoidance T Albacore, False 62 65 76 Amberjack 60 65-75 80 Atlantic Bonito 60 64 80 Barracuda 55 72-80 86 Blowfish 46 — 93 Bluefish 50 66-72 84 Bonefish 60 72-84 92 Cobia 65 72 79 Crevalle Jack 70 74-86 90 Croaker 45 63… Read more »

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 »