Noisy Baits

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Noisy baits, Part 1 popping corks and rattles: by Dr. Bogus with Brian Cope   I’m (Dr. Bogus) a scientist so I always like to look at things from the scientific viewpoint, so when I saw the article by South Carolina fishing and outdoors writer Brian Cope on noise and designing noisy baits I thought… Read more »

For the best results, try live ‘n’ kickin’ bait

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For the best results, try live ‘n’ kickin’ bait, By Dr. Bogus (from 2006)   If you like to fish, almost any bait will do, if you really want to catch fish, most people go with live bait. Here is what you need to know about catching and using the real thing for bait. Although… Read more »

Emerald Isle Water Temperatures for May 2017

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Surf at Bogue Pier ranged from Low of 68-degrees to a high of 76-degrees with an average of 72.0-degrees (blue diamonds). Bogue Sound had a low of 64-degrees a high of 82-degrees with an average of 73.9-degrees (red squares).  May temps fluctuated a bit but increased steadily increased about 0.18-degrees/day and we continue to be… Read more »

Emerald Isle Water Temperatures for April 2017

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Surf at Bogue Pier ranged from Low of 57-degrees to a unbelievable high of 68-degrees with an average of 63.4-degrees (blue diamonds), an average of 8-degrees higher than March. Bogue Sound had a low of 57-degrees a high of 76-degrees with an average of 67.5-degrees (red squares) 12.6-degrees higher than March.  April temps steadily increased… Read more »

Emerald Isle Water Temperatures for March 2017

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Surf at Bogue Pier ranged from Low of 50-degrees to a unbelievable high of 62-degrees with an average of 55.4-degrees (blue diamonds). Bogue Sound had a low of 41-degrees a high of 65-degrees with an average of 54.9-degrees (red squares).  March temps we truly rollercoasterish (see plot) with huge variations and the monthly averages for… Read more »

Emerald Isle Water Temperatures for February 2017

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Surf at Bogue Pier ranged from Low of 48-degrees to a unbelievable high of 66-degrees with an average of 54.7-degrees (blue diamonds). Bogue Sound had a low of 44-degrees a high of 65-degrees with an average of 54.1-degrees (red squares).  Temperatures in late February were way above normal, being more like late April or early… Read more »

The NC Artificial Reef Program and the New AR Guide

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Jason Peters NC Artificial Reef  program coordinator, The NC Artificial Reef Program and the New AR Guide from an interview I did on the radio on 9/26/16 Today I’m talking to Jason Peters, Coordinator of North Carolina’s Artificial Reef Program.  Welcome Jason can you give us a brief history of NCs AR program, then we… Read more »

Emerald Isle Water Temperatures for January 2017

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Surf at Bogue Pier ranged from high of 56-degrees to a low of 44-degrees with an average of 51.9-degrees (blue diamonds). Bogue Sound had a high of 57-degrees but a low of 32-degrees with an average of 49.8-degrees (red squares).  Temperatures in January were near or slightly above normal except for the dive they took… Read more »

NCDMF Carcass Collection Program

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NCDMF Carcass Collection Program by Dr. Bogus So I went out fishing the other day, tried top-water bait for a red drum and landed a feisty slot 23-inch red, however I struck out using live finger mullet for flounder only catching a few undersized 12- or 13-inch throwbacks, and all the time I was thinking… Read more »

Cold Stun Guidelines (12/14/16)

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    Internal Guidelines for Adaptive Management for Cold Stun Closures Dec. 14, 2016 I. Issue          Since 2011, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF) has followed a set of guidelines to determine if closing the spotted seatrout commercial and recreational fisheries after severe winter cold stun events are warranted (NCDMF 2012). The decision… Read more »