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The North Carolina legislative study committee tasked with making saltwater fisheries management recommedations should begin holding public meetings in January, a committee co-chair said. Legislator says public hearings on saltwater management will be held in January
The legislative research committee that will study how North Carolina saltwater resources will be managed in the future will hold its first of three meetings in January, according to a co-chairman of the joint-legislative committee that will do the study.
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The ASFMC voted in early November to begin the process of reducing menhaden harvest to protect the important baitfish species. ASMFC votes to reduce menhaden harvest
Atlantic Coast recreational fishermen have been asking for a reduction in the menhaden harvest for a decade or more, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission finally agreed at its annual meeting in early November. With a lopsided margin, the ASMFC voted to set a reduction that could be as high as 37 percent through a fishery management plan to be formulated through research and public meetings held in the coming months.
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Jason Shive holds a big red drum taken at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Hatteras surf fishing good when wind lays
Fishing should be excellent at the Outer Banks now — except for a consistent north-northeast-northwest wind that has been blowing for days.
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Recreational anglers will be limited to four spotted seatrout of at least 14 inches per trip, starting Nov. 15, 2011.
NCMFC reduces spotted seatrout recreational limit to four, allows weekend commercial catches on most waters
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted 4-3 Friday (Nov. 4) to set in place more stringent recreational fishing regulations governing the harvest of spotted seatrout – effective Nov. 14. The agency said in a news release the regulation change, which drops the daily creel from six to four fish (at least 14 inches in length), was “a short-term measure" to address overfishing.
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Jeff Thomas is a master spinnerbait angler during the fall, but his technique may surprise most people. Bass guide’s fast blade outguns fall largemouths
Everyone should be familiar with “fall back, spring forward” that will happen at midnight, Nov. 5.
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Albacore will stick with a chum line of frozen glass minnows and stay within casting distance of a boat for long periods of time. Albacore are ready to be ‘chums’
Capt. George Beckwith said there will be days when surface action on false albacore may be lacking, with just a few scattered fish breaking.
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Good & bad
The good news is the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission decided at its September meeting to consider in 2012 proposals for 2013’s netting seasons that may reduce waste in the striped-bass ocean trawling season.
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A fly fisher works the delayed-harvest section of the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County. Delayed-harvest streams
If you want to catch high numbers of trout in the winter, head for a delayed-harvest stream. These streams are heavily stocked in October and November, and fishing remains good throughout the cold months.
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Salisbury’s Brad Peyton shows off the 5.12-pound bass he caught in the Sept. 10 Yadkin Team Tournament event at High Rock Lake. It was the big fish of the day. Livewell
Dave Wolak returned to his hometown of Wake Forest $125,000 richer after winning the Sept. 15-18 FLW Tour event on New York’s Lake Champlain, with a four-day catch of 81 pounds.
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Deep-jigging with a spoon along edges of a river channel is often a great way to  catch a big stringer in November as the water cools and bass move back to deep water. Harvest your largemouths
It’s too bad that so many guys who bass fish also like to deer hunt. There are only so many days in November, and the tree stand usually wins out over the bass boat.
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Bass school on Lake Tillery during the fall, shadowing the movement of huge groups of shad, which can make for some fast and furious action when conditions are right. Hard to Top
As the leaves fall at Morrow Mountain State Park, bass fishing at adjacent Lake Tillery hits its peak. Autumn has long been a favorite time for many anglers to fish the 5,000-acre reservoir near Albemarle.
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Ricky Radcliffe catches plenty of flounder, trout, redfish and stripers in the waters around Belhaven. Saltwater Series: Belhaven
Belhaven is the perfect example of a sleepy little river town at the junction of the Pungo River, Pungo Creek and Pantego Creek. The Intracoastal Waterway follows the Pungo River past Belhaven as it works its way north to the canal that connects it to the Alligator River and points farther north.
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