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

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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: https://www.facebook.com/coastal.daybreak 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 www.thetalkstation.com and click on the arrow. Just click to listen, it’s just that easy!

Bogus Notes: 1) Check me out at www.Facebook.com/Dr.Bogus. 2) Log onto my web site at www.ncoif.com. 3) “Ask Dr. Bogus” is on the radio every Monday 7:30 AM, WTKF 107.1 FM 1240 AM. Call in and Ask Dr. Bogus, 800.818.2255. 3) I’m located at 118 Conch Ct. in “Sea Dunes”, just off Coast Guard Rd., Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Mailing address is P.O. Box 5225, Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Don’t forget a gift certificate for your favorite angler for fishing lessons or my totally Bogus Fishing Report subscription. Please stop by at anytime and say “Hi” (252.354.4905).

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Public comment sought on spotted seatrout management measures

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting public comment until Jan. 18. on a draft supplement to the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan.

The draft supplement provides the Marine Fisheries Commission with alternatives to implementing stricter commercial and recreational spotted seatrout fishing regulations set to begin in February. It was developed to address a commission vote in August to keep the current commercial and recreational size, bag and trip limits for spotted seatrout – action that requires a change in the fishery management plan.

Under the current fishery management plan, the existing regulations are14-inch minimum size limit, four-fish recreational bag limit, 75-fish commercial trip limit and weekend commercial closure (except in Albemarle and Currituck sounds) . In February, the daily recreational bag limit will drop to three fish per person, with a Dec. 15-Jan. 31 recreational closure, and the commercial trip limit will reduce to 25 fish, with no commercial closures if the draft supplement is not adopted.

The draft supplement examines the reasons for not implementing the stricter management measures and provides the commission with the option of maintaining the existing regulations.

The draft supplement also provides the commission the option of implementing less stringent regulations that keep the 14-inch minimum size limit but increases the recreational bag limit to a six-fish (with no more than two of the six fish greater than 24 inches). This option would eliminate the commercial trip limit but keeps the provision for no commercial possession or sale on weekends (except licensed finfish dealers).

Written comments should be sent to Chip Collier, 127 Cardinal Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28405 or Chip.Collier@ncdenr.gov.

Draft Supplement A to the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan can be found online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/fmps-under-development.

For more information, contact Collier at 910-796-7291 or Chip.Collier@ncdenr.gov.

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Dr. Bogus’ “DrumBlitz” mini-Fishing Report for 11/9/13.

                                               Surf 67°,sound 63°.

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Every Monday Morning at 7:30 am on www.TheTalkStation.com. 107.1 FM (WTKF), 1240 AM (WJNC). If you can’t listen on the radio, you can log in to www.TheTalkStation.com 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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Blitz is German for lightning, usually related to the WWII air attacks by Germany on Great Britain, but in the fall we anglers think of the lightning feeding frenzy of migrating fish getting ready for their long winter hiatus. Of course historically, the Hatteras bluefish and striper blitz’ along the surf are legendary. It is what fall fishing should be, “a rapid or overwhelming outpouring of many things at once,” a blitz. The hair-raising excitement of busting frenzied feeding fish along the surf and anglers casting artificials, mostly metal spoons like Kastmasters and Hopkins etc. into the feeding frenzy, hoping to hook a fish or two before they move on down the beach and out of reach, then out of sight. This past week was such a week, red drum busting and running the beach, false albacore and even some bluefish in the mix. For several days running we landed big and fat  slot and above red drum, fat three to four-pound blues and even a couple of us beached some blitzing false albacore, heart pounding and holding our breath hoping to turn the albie before it spooled out line. It’s scary when the you the spool starts to show through the last few wraps of fishing line. It doesn’t get any better than this for a diehard surf fisherman that we are.

 

Did any specks show on the beach after the cold front? Any gray trout? Any spots in the ICW yet or the pier? What did the October water temps look like? Has the flounder bite on the beach picked up yet?  Any black drum around? Are the trout in the creeks yet? 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? 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? Any changes n 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: https://www.facebook.com/coastal.daybreak 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 www.thetalkstation.com and click on the arrow. Just click to listen, it’s just that easy!

Bogus Notes: 1) Check me out at www.Facebook.com/Dr.Bogus. 2) Log onto my web site at www.ncoif.com. 3) “Ask Dr. Bogus” is on the radio every Monday 7:30 AM, WTKF 107.1 FM 1240 AM. Call in and Ask Dr. Bogus, 800.818.2255. 3) I’m located at 118 Conch Ct. in “Sea Dunes”, just off Coast Guard Rd., Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Mailing address is P.O. Box 5225, Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Don’t forget a gift certificate for your favorite angler for fishing lessons or my totally Bogus Fishing Report subscription. Please stop by at anytime and say “Hi” (252.354.4905).

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MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Nov. 13-15 at the Double Tree by Hilton, 2717 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach.

The meeting begins with public comment periods at 6 p.m. Nov. 13. The business meeting is at 9 a.m. Nov. 14 and continues at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

The commission also will hold a workshop in advance of its business meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City.  The commission will review various laws and rules that govern its actions, including open meetings, public records and ethics laws, as well as the Fisheries Reform Act.

The meeting and workshop are open to the public.

At its business meeting, the commission is slated to decide what size, bag and trip limits to adopt for the recreational and commercial black drum fisheries. An Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan requires states to implement possession limits and a minimum size limit of at least 12 inches by Jan. 1, 2014 and at least 14 inches by Jan. 1, 2016.

The commission is also scheduled to decide the next step to take in managing the state’s shad fishery. Thresholds adopted last year in the N.C. American Shad Sustainable Fishery Plan have been met that require commercial harvest reductions in the Albemarle Sound/Roanoke River system. Also at its August meeting, the commission discussed implementing a moratorium on commercial and recreational harvest of American and hickory shad in all North Carolina waters under its jurisdiction.

The commission is also slated to review a draft supplement to the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan and vote to begin a public comment period on it. The supplement addresses the commission’s vote at its August meeting to keep the current commercial and recreational size, bag and trip limits for spotted seatrout. The current spotted seatrout plan, adopted in February 2012, included a provision to implement stricter regulations in February 2014, but the commission feels stricter regulations are not needed at this time.

Other agenda items include:

·         Review draft amendments to the bay scallop, river herring and shrimp fishery management plans and vote to send them to meetings for public comment.

·         Give final approval to Amendment 2 to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan and Amendment 3 to the Oyster Fishery Management Plan and adopt rules to implement the amendments.

·         Adopt a slate of other rules that include giving the division director proclamation authority to set size, recreational bag, commercial trip, gear, season and time restrictions on the taking of sheepshead if needed to maintain a sustainable harvest; and giving the division director proclamation authority to implement federal shellfish harvester and dealer requirements for the protection of public health.

A meeting agenda is attached. A full briefing book can be found on the division’s website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-meetings. For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

Patricia Smith
Public Information Officer
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City, N.C. 28557
(252) 808-8025 (Office)
(252) 342-0642 (Mobile)
Tricia.Smith@ncdenr.gov

http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/

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Dr. Bogus’ “trouty?” mini-Fishing Report for 10/26/13. Surf 68°, sound 61°.

Every Monday Morning at 7:30 am on www.TheTalkStation.com. 107.1 FM (WTKF), 1240 AM (WJNC). If you can’t listen on the radio, you can log in to www.TheTalkStation.com 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.

Now is the time to get a birthday or gift subscription for a fellow fisherman or spouse for fishing lessons (surf, pier or Bogue Sound) or the “Totally Bogus Fishing Report”. How about a Dr. Bogus hat? Gift Certificates are available. Don’t spend another year in the fish market, make this YOUR season to catch the big ones, just like me.

SPONSORs OF THE WEEK: These are VIP sponsors of Dr. Bogus and www.ncoif.com so please support them this season, Crystal Coast Adventures, Cape Custom Rods, Coastal Marine & Sports, Reel Outdoors Bait & Tackle and Village Market, Emerald Isle Realty, Cape Crusader Charters. Check the Sponsor’s section of www.ncoif.com for details and contact information, and please tell ‘em Dr. Bogus sent you!

Capt. Dean Lamont (www.crystalcoastadventures.com): Fall fishing is right around the corner. Dean is booking false albacore trips for October and November. Best fishing is usually between Oct. 15th and Nov. 15th. Some of the best days are still available. Trout fishing is always available plus excellent bottom fishing. Check out Capt. Dean out this fall.

Although I use the first mullet blow as the unofficial start of the fall fishing season, this week it feels like the chilling weather is making its statement about the start of fall too and the fish are responding in kind. First of all, fall isn’t fall until the speckled trout bite is on, and it’s firing up as we speak. Specks are in Core Creek, the Haystacks and to the west, nice two to four-pounders are being landed in the Emerald Isle and Swansboro marshes and inside Bogue and Brown’s inlets. They are also showing along the surf east of Bogue Pier, east of Oceanana Pier and yes at the Ft. Macon Rock Jetty, the Radio Island fuel docks and rock jetty. The specks are eating live shrimp, MirrOlures and soft plastics. The better than usual summer bite seems to be giving us another good fall trout season, and there are already reports of specks and some drum at the Cape Lookout rock jetty. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Specks on the beach yet? Any spots in the ICW yet? Where were the late season cobia caught? Has the flounder bite on the beach picked up yet?  Wahoo are still hot, but what’s the key water temp and where are they? 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 stop-nets? Gill nets? Any false albacore around? What did I catch at the Iron Steamer in PKS? One fishing pier is being extended another under construction, but where are they? Bogue Inlet boat channel has been reorganized, so what did they do? 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: https://www.facebook.com/coastal.daybreak 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 www.thetalkstation.com and click on the arrow. Just click to listen, it’s just that easy!

Bogus Notes: 1) Check me out at www.Facebook.com/Dr.Bogus. 2) Log onto my web site at www.ncoif.com. 3) “Ask Dr. Bogus” is on the radio every Monday 7:30 AM, WTKF 107.1 FM 1240 AM. Call in and Ask Dr. Bogus, 800.818.2255. 3) I’m located at 118 Conch Ct. in “Sea Dunes”, just off Coast Guard Rd., Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Mailing address is P.O. Box 5225, Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Don’t forget a gift certificate for your favorite angler for fishing lessons or my totally Bogus Fishing Report subscription. Please stop by at anytime and say “Hi” (252.354.4905).

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Ode to the Speckled Trout by Dr. Bogus (11/98)BIPTrout_s

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 feast whenever they please.

 

Oh this shell game they play

“That’s trout fishin’” we say

And we love it from this year to next.

 

Now my frosted hands tingle

The thoughts of Kris Kringle

And visions of trout yet to be!!

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Grandpa Knows Trout, By Dr. Bogus, 12/25/96

trout in hand

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 in North Carolina. It’s a nice hole, I’d say a six to seven man hole at best, no funny stuff, just an opening in the sandbar, and closed on both sides‑like a horse shoe. It had been a productive hole throughout the summer, black drum, red drum and the like, Spanish and blues, a good hole. Now along with the rest, specks, speckled trout, officially spotted sea trout, it’s fall you know, almost Thanksgiving. I’d been fishing there and up and down the beach most of the morning, plugging for trout‑MirrOlures, grubs, the usual.

Late in the morning, a family, actually two, in two 4 x 4 pickups, drive up and join me. One of the men, walks over and says “How ya doin’, I’m Mike I work over at Bogue Field”.

Bogue Field, it’s the air base a few miles away, over on the mainland. Well, we exchange pleasantries; he explained how he was here with his wife and his friend and his friend’s wife, and of course his grandpa and how they come here a lot. We then each boasted how this hole had produced drum and trout for the each of us, and so on. We then went on our ways, I plugged, they rigged, we spent the pleasantness of the afternoon fishing occasionally communicating via nonverbal gestures.

One thing you must never do when surf casting is take your eyes off of the surf, don’t get distracted, even for a moment, and never, never, never, ever turn your back on the… **CRASH** “man down” was the cry. Well Mike had done the unthinkable, turned his head or back or something, anyway he went from fishing to the fine art of swimming in waders in an instant. Sand in his reel, 50-degree water trickling its way down to the toes of the waders.

The reaction was immediate, fighting the surf and beach for control of his body, Mike finally emerged from the water unaided. In an attempt to cover his embarrassment, Mike instantaneously lashed a blue streak of profanity that should have, in a perfect world, cleared the sand from his reel and dried the cold salty water from his waders, and reestablish his rightful position in the universe. Well, it didn’t work. Mike, dripping and cursing, friends and family hiding their smiles, he retreated to the cover of the passenger side of his pickup, stripped in defeat to what of his undergarments had remained dry, not many I might add, and regarbed himself in fresh‑dry‑attire. He now rejoined the rest of us, his wife, his friends and of course grandpa, to face the music as it were.

But this story is about grandpa. Mike’s Grandpa was a man of 82 years, and been fishin’ these parts, Bogue Banks, for the better part of the twentieth century. It’s fall, and grandpa knows trout. So, he was here just like he’d been the year before, and the year before that, and so on. Grandpa was dressed for trout, with his hip hugging boots hooked at his waist, several layers of plaid flannel shirts and a cap that had fished with him for the better part of this century as well. Gramps had one maybe two rods, one sand spike, his sand chair and a pile of cut shrimp 2, 3 maybe 4-pieces per shrimp, if they were big.  He was ready for an afternoon of troutin’. Once grandpa baited his hook, he would place his rod over his right shoulder walk slowly down the beach on the outgoing wave, measuring its retreat with the precision of the Acapulco cliff divers. He proceeded to cast the shrimp and its accompanying 3-ounces of lead with the snap of his wrist, turn his back to the now incoming wave, with the earned confidence of his 82 years, place his rod back over his right shoulder he retreated back up the sandy slope cranking his reel in reverse. Once he reached his destination, he turned, and gently if not gracefully, lowered himself into his chair, placed his rod across his lap and assumed the troutin’ position.

Grandpa would, from time‑to‑time, when he choose, when it was right, slowly retrieve his line, crank‑crank, back up the sandy slope, crank‑crank, sinker in tow, crank‑crank‑crank, scratching a thin line in the sand, up to his feet. He would check the bait for damage and replace it if necessary, then carefully, if not gracefully get up, walk back to water’s edge on the outgoing wave, cast, turn and retreat to his chair just as precisely as he had done before.

This went on much of the afternoon, me and my pluggin’, Mike and the others chuckin’ lead, occasional black drum or such, when, almost unnoticed, grandpa’s rod became alive. Grandpa, just as before, started to crank‑crank, crank-crank‑crank, then again, slowly one crank then another, then another, and so on. Finally, someone, Mike’s wife I think, yelled, “gramp’s got a fish”. Well maybe a pinfish, or drum or something, but by now gramps had been crankin’ long enough that we all could see that it was a trout. Beautifully silvered, black speckles, two maybe three pounds, no match for grandpa. Somebody, maybe Mike’s wife or someone, yelled, “Get the net!” (get the net? I thought). Well, luckily gramps ignored the commotion and kept a crankin’.

With grandpa fully in control, he’d done this a thousand times before, you know, the fish now emerged from the surf, up onto the hard wet beach sand up towards his chair. When with the efficiency and dedication of a flock of hungry gulls ready to poke out the fish’s eyes, the rest of the entourage descended upon the fish, plucked it off the hook, placed the trout in the cooler in the back of the pickup and each in turn patted grandpa on the head in recognition of his triumph. Well, grandpa, without looking up, sighed oh so slightly in acknowledgment. He then rebaited his hook, walked himself back down the sandy slope measuring the retreating wave, just as precisely as he had done before. He cast his fresh piece of shrimp and 3-ounce pyramid sinker back into the hole, right along the west edge of the hole, turned, placing his rod on his shoulder, back‑cranking his reel, he returned to his chair, put his reel on his lap, looking seaward, continued troutin’. You know, Grandpa‑KNOWS‑trout!

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Dr. Bogus’ “Ladies Galore!” mini-Fishing Report for 9/28/13. Surf 75°, sound 72°.

Every Monday Morning at 7:30 am on www.TheTalkStation.com. 107.1 FM (WTKF), 1240 AM (WJNC). If you can’t listen on the radio, you can log in to www.TheTalkStation.com 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.

Now is the time to get a birthday or gift subscription for a fellow fisherman or spouse for fishing lessons (surf, pier or Bogue Sound) or the “Totally Bogus Fishing Report”. How about a Dr. Bogus hat? Gift Certificates are available. Don’t spend another year in the fish market, make this YOUR season to catch the big ones, just like me

SPONSORs OF THE WEEK: These are VIP sponsors of Dr. Bogus and www.ncoif.com so please support them this season, Crystal Coast Adventures, Cape Custom Rods, Coastal Marine & Sports, Reel Outdoors Bait & Tackle and Village Market, Emerald Isle Realty, Cape Crusader Charters. Check the Sponsor’s section of www.ncoif.com for details and contact information, and please tell ‘em Dr. Bogus sent you!

Capt. Dean Lamont (www.crystalcoastadventures.com): Fall fishing is right around the corner. Dean is booking false albacore trips for October and November. Best fishing is usually between Oct. 15th and Nov. 15th. Some of the best days are still available. Trout fishing is always available plus excellent bottom fishing. Check out Capt. Dean out this fall.

Fall arrived on Sunday with heavy rain, winds and a strong cold front…perfect. Fishing is showing some signs of fall revival with bait in the water and water temperatures now sinking back into the 70s, a real sign of fall. A plethora of pompano showed at Bogue Pier over the weekend a usual early fall visitor. With the pier crowded shoulder to shoulder and the pompano’s survival approach being swimming parallel to the pier, tangled lines were almost as abundant as the pompano. There were also plenty of sea mullet in the mix too. Ditto for the surf with sea mullet, some over two-pounds, and pompano being landed on sand fleas and FishBites baits and shrimp. So how about the spots? There are some showing to the north of us, some on Topsail Island and a few in our local waters as well, particularly in the Beaufort area.  I know that they are around, since they are showing up in the local restaurants as well.

BIPTrout_sSo where did I catch that 20-inch speckled trout? Any spots yet? What about Old Drum fishing in the Neuse, what artificials work? Flies? Pompano? SO where are they and how big are they? Wahoo are still hot, but what’s the key water temp and where are they? 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? What piers had a good, no great week with big kings? Any false albacore around? One fishing pier is being extended another under construction, but where are they? 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: https://www.facebook.com/coastal.daybreak 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 www.thetalkstation.com and click on the arrow. Just click to listen, it’s just that easy!

Bogus Notes: 1) Check me out at www.Facebook.com/Dr.Bogus. 2) Log onto my web site at www.ncoif.com. 3) “Ask Dr. Bogus” is on the radio every Monday 7:30 AM, WTKF 107.1 FM 1240 AM. Call in and Ask Dr. Bogus, 800.818.2255. 3) I’m located at 118 Conch Ct. in “Sea Dunes”, just off Coast Guard Rd., Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Mailing address is P.O. Box 5225, Emerald Isle, NC 28594. Don’t forget a gift certificate for your favorite angler for fishing lessons or my totally Bogus Fishing Report subscription. Please stop by at anytime and say “Hi” (252.354.4905).

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Waters reopen to flounder gill nets

MOREHEAD CITY – Waters south of Oregon Inlet will reopen to set flounder gill nets Sept. 30.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel issued proclamations yesterday that will reopen parts of Pamlico Sound, upper Core Sound and estuarine waters south of the N.C. 58 bridge that have been closed since July.

These waters will reopen under provisions of a newly-received sea turtle incidental take permit for gill nets, which carries the same restrictions on soak times and gear requirements and requirement for observer coverage as was previously implemented through a lawsuit settlement agreement between the state and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

The permit divides the estuarine waters of the state into seven different areas and authorizes an annual, per-species limit of incidental sea turtle takes in each area. These allowed takes are divided into two fishing gears: large-mesh and small-mesh gill nets.

While exempted from regulations in the lawsuit settlement agreement, there are observer coverage requirements and limits on sea turtle takes for the small-mesh gill net fishery in the incidental take permit.

In addition, the Pamlico Sound Gill Net Restricted Area now falls under the same soak times, gear requirements and observer requirements as other areas. A federal, seasonal deepwater large-mesh gill net closure in Pamlico Sound remains in place.

Under the permit, the fishing year begins Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 31, so if the level of allowed incidental takes is met by either gear for any sea turtle species in a particular water area, it will close that water area to the specific gill net gear until Aug. 31, 2014.

Another new requirement is that all commercial and recreational gill net fishermen must report any incidental capture of a sea turtle to the division at 252-726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632. This includes both large-mesh and small-mesh gill nets.

For specific regulations, see Proclamations M-30-2013 and M-31-2013 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage, the division’s Protected Resources Section chief, at 252-808-8009 or Chris.Batsavage@ncdenr.gov.