Roanoke Stripers with Dr. B and Fly Gordo (5/10/01)

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Roanoke River Spring Shad and Stripers (5/10/01). Recorded, transcribed and slightly edited by Dr. Bogus with thanks to Fletcher Johnston and of course Capt. “Fly” Gordon Churchill. This was a chat while Capt. Gordon Churchill and I gently drifted down the Roanoke River looking for rockfish, a.k.a., stripers. Dr. B: Good morning, this is Dr…. Read more »

Spring shad on the Roanoke River (March 2006)

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Spring shad on the Roanoke River, By Dr. Bogus (March 8, 2006) That ding, ding, ding, off in the distance is a clanging bell chiming in the start of the spring fishing season. To some, that sound rings in the wakening of the redfish up in the marshes, to others, early season blowfish and sea… Read more »

Dr. Bogus and Fly Gordon Excellent Fishing Adventure (1999)

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Another Dr. Bogus and Fly Gordon Excellent Fishing Adventure: “The Awesome TRUTH about Roanoke River Stripers” 06 May 99 If stripers (Roccus saxatilis) are a special mystical fish, then fishing them in the spring run on the Roanoke River (NC) is a Zen experience, Nirvana as it were. The return of the Atlantic Coastal striped… Read more »

O trout trout wherefore art thou speckled trout

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Reflecting back on the past 2015/16 season, how did you do with speckled trout? Well if you didn’t do very well, join the club, it probably wasn’t your fault, because not only did you do poorly, but so most recreational anglers and ditto for the commercial catch as well. Commercial includes internal water strike-netters as… Read more »

Emerald Isle Water Temperatures for January 2016

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Surf at Bogue Pier ranged from high of 64-degrees (New Year’s Day) to a low of 47-degrees with an average of 54.0-degrees (blue diamonds). Bogue Sound had a high of 66-degrees and a low of 38-degrees with an average of 48.5-degrees (red squares). January temperatures started very warm on New Year’s Day and shortly plummeted… Read more »

Pufferfish Primer

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Blowfish, the bad the ugly and the tasty Dr. Bogus One of the first harbingers of spring for us fishermen along the Carolina Coast is the return of lowly puffer fish. Okay, they are not pretty, eat anything they can get their mouths on, average only a pound or less, don’t put up a good… 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 »

Emerald Isle Water Temperatures for July 2015

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Surf at Bogue Pier ranged from low of 79-degrees to a high of 86-HOT degrees  with an average of 81.7-degrees (blue). Bogue Sound had a Low of 81-degrees and a high of 89-degrees with an average of 84.7-degrees (red). Another amazing month, after a cold Jan, Feb, Mar and Apr. May started about 60 degrees… Read more »

The “Other” Mullet

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Last fall we experienced what is called a “mullet blow” heralding the start of the fall fishing season. Brisk northeast winds, cool temperatures, flushing out a myriad of finger and hardhead (striped) mullet from our estuarial waters out of the inlets and into the Bogue Banks surf. Most anglers pursue these forage fish with castnets… Read more »

Emerald Isle Water Temperatures for March 2015

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Surf at Bogue Pier ranged from a high of 57 to a low of 43-degrees with an  frigid average of 49.5, (blue diamonds). Bogue Sound (red squares) had a high of 62 and a low of 44-degrees with an average of 53.6-degrees. Very cold for especially for March. Unusually cold start to 2015 with both… Read more »