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PROCLAMATION: M-29-2013

RE:  GILL NET AND SEINE RESTRICTIONS: DEER AND SCHOOLHOUSE (ROCKY RUN) CREEKS IN CAPE CARTERET
Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 8:30 P.M.  Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets and seines:

I.  AREA DESCRIPTION-CARTERET COUNTY
Deer and Schoolhouse (Rocky Run) Creeks – All waters upstream of a line beginning at a point on the west shore 34° 41.0449’N – 77° 03.3250’W; running northeasterly to a point on the east shore 34° 41.1826’N – 77° 03.1071’W. (See Map)

II.  GEAR RESTRICTIONS
The following restrictions apply to the use of gill nets and seines in the area described in I. above from October 1 through March 31:
A.     It is unlawful to use gill nets or seines from 8:30 P.M. to sunrise.
B.     It is unlawful to use a gill net or seine more than 200 yards in length.
C.     Gill nets and seines must have reflective markers spaced every 50 yards along the top or cork line of the net.
D.     Nets shall be attended at all times to facilitate movement of the nets so as not to obstruct navigation.

III.  GENERAL INFORMATION
A.     This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G. S. 113-134; 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52 and N.C. Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03J .0103 and 03J .0301 (j).
B.     It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C.     The intent of this proclamation is to attempt to reduce conflict between residents and fishermen in these particular creeks. It applies to all gill nets and seines.
D.     The restrictions in this proclamation apply to gill nets and seines used by Recreational Commercial Gear License holders as well as Standard and Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License holders.

September 20, 2013, 9:30 A.M., M-29-2013

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How To: Drivin’ the Beach (inspired by actual events). By Dr. Bogus

1 are drum in_sIf you are a staunch surf fisherman like myself, access to the good spots, jetties, inlets, bars, sloughs and the like, and mobility to get from one to the other, are high on the list for a successful catching, not just fishing trip, to the beach. Here are some totally BOGUS tips to help the sand-bound fisherman return home with both their vehicle and pride intact.

Things to know BEFORE you go:

First there is the checklist of things to keep on board, and you better check it twice: tire pressure gauge, tide table, tow chain, rope or strap, a thick wooden board and shovel and repeat after me “NO beach toys”. And, do you have a cell phone?? Is the battery charged?

I know it seems basic, but please make sure you are in 4 x 4 mode, BEFORE you go over the ramp onto the beach! People forget all the time and you can easily tell the forgetful when their vehicle has just gotten onto the beach, just over the ramp, where some of the softest sand usually is, and already has one set of wheels planted squarely in the quicksand. That baffled look on the face of the driver is also a dead give-a-way. It’s so easy, just remember get into four-wheel mode BEFORE you go. By the way, have you ever forgotten to put the plug in your boat, and wondered why you were sinking as you left the dock? No, of course not, not me either!

Again, BEFORE you proceed over the entrance ramp, lower your tire pressure to around 20-psig (15-25) and remember to repressurize after leaving the beach. It’s a safety thing. These days there are inexpensive tire deflators that automatically deflate to a set tire pressure, Tire Buddies, Oasis Trailhead Tire Deflators are some of them. Lowering the tire pressure increases the area of the tire that is in contact with the sand and will allow the vehicle to ride on top of the sand, where you want to be, rather than sinking in up to your hubcaps.

3 with tow vehicle too_sOne of the things that I have on the checklist was a tide table. If possible, plan you tides, low/outgoing tide is best. Know thy tide, plan ahead and move up on the incoming tide before you and your 4 x 4 gets soggy and salty.

 

 

 

 

Going:

Start straight, start slow when you go, or you’ll pay the tow. Never gun the engine on a start, let out clutch slowly if you are driving a manual transmission, and don’t throw sand. Keep wheels straight ahead when starting up. Drive in the tracks left by the vehicles before you if possible. The sand is already packed down in these areas and you have a much better chance of not getting stuck. Another choice, depending on the tide and beach conditions, drive on damp hard packed sand and remember air is your enemy; it’s what makes sand soft. Driving at low tide and rain soaked sand are the best; avoid soft and deep soft and fluffy ruts (hahaha).

When you are on the beach, you often have to turn around or make other “moving” maneuvers, so plan your turns don’t cut them sharp, be gentle and plot your spot. Turns should be made going down hill, from soft sand to hard, it’s a killer to turn from the low hard sand near the water, uphill onto something resembling grits.

Keep mo(mentum) whenever you go, this is often needed in the performance of Olympic class off-road maneuvers or when exiting the beach onto a vehicular access point which is always up hill, soft and rutted. Watch for entering vehicles. Who has the right of way anyway? If you encounter traffic when entering or exiting the beach always give the vehicle on the beach the right of way.

Stopping:

When stopping, always plan ahead, only YOU should choose the time and place to stop, start and turn. Remember, the next thing you will want to do is GO. When you have chosen where and when to stop, don’t break, let your car coast to a stop, gravity and friction are your friend in stopping and usually don’t need any help. Where should you stop? If possible, stop on a down slope. Pick out a down slope with the firmest sand you can find. After you stop, kick out the sand that piles up especially ahead of the front tires.

You are probably catching tons of fish, but know thy tides and watch the time; the beach shrinks quickly on the rising tide from hard sand to soft. When parking you will want to try to do so off the main trail so that others can drive by you in the packed ruts. Just courtesy, that’s all, and if you would appreciate it, so will others.

 

When you get stuck, before you call the truck ($$$):

8 pull out_sYou will get stuck we all have, we all will, sometimes the beach just wins! There are some dos and don’ts for the stuck truck. Remember, dig out before you bottom out!! I know it’s cool to spin you wheels as you sink down in the sand until your under carriage is resting on the sand, but don’t. First of all, get out of the car, move sand away from the tires, and smooth out tire ruts, give yourself enough room to find forward mo(mentum, p=mv) again. If you can’t go forward, try backing out, sand is flatter where you were, than where you were trying to go. And oh, if you bypassed step number-two (see things to know before you go) now is the time to lower tire pressure. Often, that alone may get you going again.

How about other options? That board in the back of the car or truck, can be used for changing a tire, or under these conditions, for traction. Start slowly and make sure everyone stands aside and no one is in the line of fire. Pushing helps, but remember it’s bad form to run over the pusher or bury them in a cascade of sand. Of course if there are other 4x4ers on the beach, now might be the time to dig out that towrope, strap or chain. There is nothing fellow 4x4ers like to do, sometimes even more than catch fish, than to help out a fellow but stuck 4x4er.

After all the planning, after all the preparation and care, watching the tides and all, sometime “IT” happens! Such were the woes of an angler this fall, driving the beach, looking for a fall run of spotted sea trout somewhere along the North Carolina coast, but it could have been anywhere and could have been anyone. Parked in a slight depression of hard sand near the surf line at low tide, the fisherman, I’ll call this mythical beach worrier, Sonny, decided to move his truck to higher ground as the tide started to come in. First he couldn’t get out of the depression and in moments the sand did turn to something resembling grits and any movement sunk him deeper and closer to the now rapidly encroaching tide.

9 pulled out_sPlan “B”, when all else fails, now call the truck. Does your local garage do beach calls ($$$)? So Sonny enlisted the services of a local rescue service, but as fate would have it, their fate was now the same as Sonny’s, both stuck in grits, the ocean now above their hubcaps and the unrelenting tide still on the rise. Now in panic mode, plan “C” started to take shape, call in the heavy equipment before the two trucks were declared an artificial fishing reef. Can you say bulldozer? Well the ‘dozer did the trick, but not before both trucks and the reputation of the Sonny the angler were forever and irrevocably totaled. As I said, sometimes “IT” happens.

Finally, when driving the beach, think of safety and the safety of others first. Drive within local beach speed limits, driving responsibly means watching for beach-goers. You want to give a safe distance when passing people on the beach and be especially mindful of children playing as they are NOT going to be watching for traffic on the beach. Each municipality has their own regulations and remember access is a privilege not a right so respect their regulations, the local flora and fauna, regulations on restraining your pets and of course be mindful of bird and turtle nesting areas, and when leaving the beach make sure that you take all of your trash, and discarded fishing line with you. Well, good luck on the beach, and may your tires find only the firmest of sand.

CONTACT INFO AND CURRENT STATUS FOR 2019 (posted 9/22/19):

Vehicle access to our beaches: Emerald Isle (9/15/19-4/30/20), $50 for residents, $100 for non-residents free for residents 65 and older (252.354.3424). Indian Beach (currently open), $30 for the season at Police Dept. (252.247.3344). Atlantic Beach (10/1/19-3/15/20), $50 for residents, $75 for non-residents, NO night driving (252.726.2121).

Photos courtesy of Bil Gburek

 

 

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Dr. Bogus’ “Discouraging!” Fishing Report for 9/14/13. Surf 82°, sound 83°.

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.

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“If you build it they will come,” a memorable line from the movie, Field of dreams. “If the bait comes the fish will follow,” is the typical cry concerning fishing and bait, but not always. This weekend, on the tails of a northeast wind we had, by my count mullet blow No. 2. Mullet came out into the surf again in great numbers but the response of the predatory fish has been a bit strange. By most reports, the surf action out of Beaufort Inlet from Ft. Macon to Oceanana Pier was excellent, blues, pups, flounder and Spanish responding the way they should…they came. On the Emerald Isle side of Bogue Banks, the response was at best muted, at worst nonexistent. We have seen a some blues and a ladyfish or two and still a few short flounder and very rarely a redfish, so the abundance of unmolested bait is somewhere between astonishing and annoying.

 What did I say to the shark that ate my Kastmaster? Any spots yet? What about Old Drum fishing in the Neuse, what artificials work? Flies? There has been a good summer speck bite, but where 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! How about a surf fishing update? The ony kings are where? Where did that 23-pound permit come from? Any kings on Bogue Banks or Topsail piers this week? 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

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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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Dance of the mullets: jumpingmulletFish jump. Some jump for food, like the explosive sky shots of the king mackerel as he hits a bait and some like the tarpon for survival in their attempts to escape captivity when hooked. Mullet jump. Theories include predator escape, parasite removal, spawning behavior, aid to respiration and so on. My theory borders on the cultural and artistic; the dance of the mullets. On a morning early, with the idle chatter of mother nature unusually prominent, the creek was filled with the pirouettes of hundreds of mullets leaping. Their splashing return of silver droplets framed by the sun and with apt musical accompaniment of the high pitch of swallows on violin, kingfisher on piccolo, ducks and herons playing double reeds of the bassoon and oboe respectively and of course the woodpeckers-clearly percussion. Mulletcracker Suite, Mullet Lake or Dance of the Mullets!! Fish Jump.

Click on jumping mullet image to enlarge.

Photo compliments of David Sobotta of CrystalCoastLife.com

 

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Division of Marine Fisheries receives sea turtle permit for gill net fisheries

MOREHEAD CITY (9/11/13) – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries today signed an agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service that implements a statewide incidental take permit for sea turtles in the estuarine large and small mesh gill net fisheries.

The permit authorizes the limited take of sea turtles in these fisheries and will allow the state to reopen some waters to gill net fishing that have been closed since July.

“This is the result of a lot of hard work by dedicated division staff,” said Louis Daniel, director of the Division of Marine Fisheries. “The flounder gill net fishery is an important economic factor in Eastern North Carolina, and this permit will allow it to continue on a limited basis while protecting threatened and endangered sea turtles.”

The division is considering when to reopen different waters based on the presence of sea turtles, because the number of allowed takes in some areas is low, Daniel said.

“A lot of these waters are going to close with one interaction,” Daniel said.

Also, the number of allowed takes for each area is for the entire period of Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 each year, so if an area must close, it closes the entire year.

The permit 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.

In addition, the area previously known as the Pamlico Sound Gill Net Restricted Area now falls under the same soak times, gear requirements and observer requirements as other areas.

Daniel stressed the importance of fishermen complying with these regulations, including allowing observer coverage.

“If we do not meet the required percentage of observer coverage, the National Marine Fisheries Service can revoke this permit, which would close the fishery,” Daniel said.

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

“If you hook one as a recreational fisherman, you need to call it in,” Daniel said.

The permit and implementing agreement can be found on the division website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/ under Hot Topics.

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

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Surf at Bogue Pier (blue) ranged from 76 to 84 and averaged 79.5 for the month. Bogue Sound (red) ranged from 74 to 87 and averaged 81.1 for the month.

 

      Date Surf Sound
8/1/2013 82 83
8/2/2013 82 83
8/3/2013 81 83
8/4/2013 77 85
8/5/2013 78 82
8/6/2013 79 82
8/7/2013 81 84
8/8/2013 83 85
8/9/2013 84 87
8/10/2013 82 85
8/11/2013 80 84
8/12/2013 79 86
8/13/2013 79 87
8/14/2013 79 83
8/15/2013 77 77
8/16/2013 76 75
8/17/2013 76 74
8/18/2013 79 82
8/19/2013 79 82
8/20/2013 79 82
8/21/2013 80 84
8/22/2013 82 85
8/23/2013 80 84
8/24/2013 78 81
8/25/2013 77 76
8/26/2013 78 76
8/27/2013 79 79
8/28/2013 79 78
8/29/2013 80 81
8/30/2013 78 79
8/31/2013 80 83

 

 

 

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Dr. Bogus’ “Anchovy BLOW!” Fishing Report for 9/7/13. Surf 81°, sound 83°.

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

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After the last cold front and following northeast winds we had our first mullet blow of the season sending mullets big and small out into the ocean in uncountable numbers. A week later, on a calm, hot buggy Saturday morning, after a northeast wind the previous day, the bay anchovies followed suit. At the point area in Emerald Isle, the water was black with the anchovies sometimes from the beach out to 100 or 200-yards. It was an awesome sight. Bait has brought in the fish and birds. Over the weekend we were catching blues, Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish feasting on the anchovies and other small baits, along with their feathered friends, the gulls, terns, skimmers and pelicans. Very exciting and even though it was hot and humid it still gave the feeling and look of fall. From other reports, this was the norm from Cape Lookout to Bogue Banks.

How did I do in my kayak this week? What are the biggest sheepshead being caught on? What about Old Drum fishing in the Neuse? There has been a good summer speck bite, but where are they? Where are the wahoo, and what’s the key water temp? Need an update on Bogue Banks or Topsail piers? I got it! How about a surf fishing update? Where have I been catching slot drum? Any kings on Bogue Banks or Topsail piers this week? 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 to listen, it’s just that easy! In addition there is an encore edition of Monday’s show rebroadcast on Sunday mornings at 6:00.

Bogus Notes: 1) Check me out at www.Facebook.com/Dr.Bogus. 2) Log onto my web site at www.ncoif.com. 3)And  www.drbogus.com .  4) “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 any time and say “Hi” (252.354.4905).

 

 

 

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I got an interesting call from Lee Manning (Nancy Lee Fishing Center) yesterday about bonefish in the White Oak River. Lee lives along the WOR.  A friend of his saw fish busting from his dock and cast into the fish, hooked and lost 7 or so and finally landed a 20-inch fish that was IDed posthumously as a bonefish. I have seen them caught on Bogue Pier and from the surf on rare occasions, usually on a bottom rig with shrimp bait but never heard of them in the inside waters. I have also heard of snook in Pamlico Sound, but very rarely. A number of years ago I called an NCDMF biologist and her said that they apparently come in from the Gulf Stream but for some reason they were quite  a bit farther north than their expectations. Interesting find Lee, thanks.

These fish were supposed to be busting the surface, which is very unlike bonefish. Could these be ladyfish? I need to see a photo.

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Marine Fisheries Commission takes action on several issues (nr 40-13)

 

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission took action last week on several issues impacting commercial and recreational fishermen, including votes on two petitions for rulemaking.

The commission voted to:

  • Deny a petition for rulemaking that proposed reclassifying most internal coastal waters as secondary nursery areas. The effect of the proposed rule would have been to halt shrimp and crab trawling in North Carolina inshore waters.  The petitioner has the right to seek judicial review of the decision.
  • Approve a petition for rulemaking that sought to prohibit the use of commercial fishing gear and certain types of recreational fishing gear on and around the Oriental Artificial Reef in the Neuse River. The decision begins a rulemaking process that will include fiscal analysis, notice of text in the state register, a public comment period and at least one public hearing. If approved, a final rule would not become effective until the spring of 2015.
  • Instruct the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ director to implement recommendations from a Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Team, endorsed by the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office, that prohibit setting small mesh gill nets within 100 yards of the beach at any tide. Two areas are to be exempted from the regulation: Cape Lookout to Bogue Inlet and from Carolina Beach Inlet to the South Carolina line. Strike nets also are to be exempted from the restriction.
  • Keep the current recreational and commercial size and possession limits for spotted seatrout pending a scheduled review of the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan. The plan, adopted in February 2012, included a provision for implementing stricter regulations in February 2014, if needed, to reduce the daily recreational bag limit to three fish per person, implement a Dec. 15-Jan. 31 recreational closure, reduce the commercial trip limit to 25 fish and eliminate commercial closures.
  • Send a proposal for a Jan. 1, 2013 moratorium on commercial and recreational harvest of American and hickory shad to the Finfish and regional advisory committees for review.
  • Ask the Division of Marine Fisheries to design a study that compares closed trawling areas, specifically the Newport River, to open areas to determine the impact trawling has on sedimentation in primary and secondary nursery areas.
  • Delay review of the N.C. Red Drum Fishery Management Plan by one year, from July 2014 to July 2015, so the state may use the results of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southeast Data, Assessment and Review stock assessment slated for 2015.

The commission also heard an update on the state Division of Marine Fisheries’ application for an incidental take permit for sea turtles in the gill net fishery. The division is waiting to receive this permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service before deciding when to reopen waters to large mesh gill nets. The division hopes to receive the permit by mid-September, and requirements of the permit will impact the division’s decision on when to reopen the waters, including the Pamlico Sound Gill Net Restricted Area.

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