Spanish Tricks, By Dr. Bogus (published in Raleigh N&O)

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Spanish Tricks, By Dr. Bogus (published in Raleigh N&O)   Sure, North Carolina offers the possibility of year round coastal fishing opportunities, but disappointingly, every fall many anglers pack the fishing gear away until the daffodils return. So, sometime around the Ides of March, depending on the personal severity of winter “cabin fever”, the tackle… Read more »

Spanish Tricks, Part 1, Pier fishing, Part 2 Boating for Spanish

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Spanish Tricks, Part 1, Pier fishing, by Dr. Bogus 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… Read more »

Tuna for the Rest of Us, part 2. by Dr. Bogus

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One of our spring visitors showed up in good numbers this past week, the Atlantic bonito, Sarda sarda, which is a large mackerel-like fish of the family Scombridae. It is common in shallow waters of the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea, where it is an important commercial and game fish. The Atlantic bonito… Read more »

Tuna for the Rest of Us! Part 1,By Dr. Bogus

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Tuna for the rest of us! By Dr. Bogus (Click on photos for larger image)   When you hear the likes of yellowfin, blackfin, giant bluefin or big eye tuna, visions of big boats, big gear and offshore excursions may dance in your head. But if you don’t have the boat, or the gear or… Read more »

Bogus on Birds

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Bogus on Birds           We all know the importance of watching birds when we fish. It’s even a fisherman’s commandment: “Thy Must Watch the Birds”. Which of course is immediately followed by a second sub-commandment: “Thy Must Follow those Watched Birds”. We watch birds because THEY know where the bait is. Right? Right! But, what… Read more »

Groundhog day haiku

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If Phil sees his shadow: Punxsutawney Phil/ Now aghast at his likeness /Winter’s grip lingers If Phil doesn’t see his shadow: Punxsutawney Phil / No furry shadow today / Winter’s door now shut.

2014 New Year’s Resolutions for the Angler

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Angler, by Dr. Bogus It’s winter and the New Year 2014 and we have survived the dreaded Polar Vortex, and indications are that the trout did too. I will have a special report and data on trout stun events next week. So, even though on the average, only 8% of… Read more »

Vulnerability of the Spotted Sea Trout to Cold Kill Events

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Vulnerability of the Spotted Sea Trout to cold, Trout Stun Events and Trout Kills Along the Crystal Coast.  By Dr. Bogus (Updated 2/18/15) Trout kills (cold stun events) are normal and not as infrequent as you might imagine and have an important impact on natural mortality of spotted sea trout. In the fall and winter… Read more »

Ode to the Speckled Trout

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Ode to the Speckled Trout by Dr. Bogus (11/98) The Trout is a fish You’d like on your dish They’re as frustrating as they can be.   Neither plug or live bait Nor grub or cut skate Could reverse your fate called fish-free.   Even when they’re in sight Don’t mean that they’ll bite They’ll… Read more »

Grandpa Knows Trout

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Grandpa Knows Trout, By Dr. Bogus, 12/25/96 On a warm sunny Sunday in late November, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, I was fishing a hole about one mile up from Bogue Inlet. Bogue Inlet is a beautiful region of Bogue Banks, the East‑West running barrier island at the most Southern reaches of the Outer Banks… Read more »