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Dr. Bogus’ “Sciaenid” mini- Fishing Report for 11/16/13. Surf 58°, sound 47°.     

NOTE: is finally back and better than ever!

Every Monday Morning at 7:30 am on 107.1 FM (WTKF), 1240 AM (WJNC). If you can’t listen on the radio, you can log in to and listen on-line or check out Coastal Daybreak on Facebook. The show will be linked there as an mp3 file. Now rebroadcast on each Sunday morning at 6:00am.

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According to Wikipedia, the Sciaenidae are a family of fish commonly called drums, croakers, or hardheads for the repetitive drumming sounds they make and include 275 species and are found in both salt and fresh water. Their croaking mechanism involves the beating of abdominal muscles against the swim bladder. They are excellent food and sport fish, and are commonly caught by surf and pier fishers.

Here in North Carolina, by my count, we have at least eight species which includes sand perch, spots, croakers, the only silent member of the family, the sea mullet (kingfish), gray and speckled trout and red and black drum. These are some of the most sought-after fish by coastal anglers for both food and fun. As most of you know, I love to catch red drum. Some of these fish are caught year round, with fall very special for the red and black drum, the trouts, especially the spotted sea trout or speckled trout, sea mullet and of course one of the more diminutive, but much sought after of the species, the spot.

Did any specks show on the beach after the cold front? What’s in the stopnets? Any gray trout? Any spots in the ICW yet or the pier? What did the October water temps look like? Sciaenids for surf, but are there any black drum around? Are the trout in the creeks yet? How about the Cape Lookout Rock Jetty? Need an update on Bogue Banks or Topsail piers? I got it! On Wednesday I surf fished from one end of Bogue Banks to the other, what did I see? Where are the stopnets? Any false albacore around? Where are the “Gun Mounts”? What did I catch at the Iron Steamer in PKS? One fishing pier is being extended another under construction, but where are they? If you want to bottom fish the surf, where are the hot spots? Black drum regs, changes are coming. Any changes afoot in speckled trout size or bag limits? For this and much more, you can subscribe to the full “Totally Bogus Fishing Report” for less than 7-cents/day, still only $25/year. It’s getting close to summer fishing season, so there’s no reason for YOU to miss out! Just send a check for $25 and your e-mail address to:

Dr. Bogus

P.O. Box 5225

Emerald Isle, NC 28594

The Ask Dr. Bogus Fishing show, heard every Monday morning at 7:30 on WTKF, 107.1 FM and 1240 AM can now be accessed on the Coastal Daybreak Facebook page. Sign up and be a friend at: and never miss a show. And now WTKF daily programming, including the Ask Dr. Bogus radio show is available in live streaming audio too. Just go to and click on the arrow. Just click to listen, it’s just that easy!

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