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Video caught the moment lightning struck the Magic Moment during the 2014 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City this weekend. Vid shows Big Rock marlin boat being struck by lightning  Video Included
8245 Views - Posted: June 13 at 6:34 pm

When the weather turns bad offshore therei's not much anglers can do. So it's not a real surprise the Magic Moment team left their spread out during the second day of the 2014 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament taking place this weekend.

But things turned tense when lightning struck the boat — and it was all caught on video.

The annual catch limit for wahoo and dolphin in the South Atlantic will increase on July 9, but fishermen probably won't notice the difference. Dolphin, wahoo catch limits will increase on July 9
716 Views - Posted: June 13 at 1:51 pm

NOAA Fisheries has announced new regulations for the Atlantic dolphin and wahoo fishery of the Atlantic, increasing annual catch limits effective on July 9, but most fishermen won’t notice much of a difference.

The Ava D's 491.4-pound blue marlin, caught Thursday, has taken over third place in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Two days of fishing remain. Third place changes hands twice Thursday in Big Rock
690 Views - Posted: June 13 at 10:01 am

Two blue marlin came to the scales on Thursday on the fourth day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City, and while third place changed hands twice, the $306,000 “Fabulous Fisherman’s” pot is still unclaimed.

Tiny silica gel packs will absorb moisture in tackle boxes and keep hooks and other metal surfaces from rusting. Lexington guide says he uses silica gel packs to keep his tackle rust-free
2620 Views - Posted: June 13 at 9:40 am

One of the problems for anglers, particularly those who fish in saltwater, is keeping their tackle free from rust. One North Carolina fishing guide has a neat solution

Sheepshead fishing has been excellent around bridges, docks and the State Port wall in Morehead City. Great inshore fishing overlooked in the shadow of the Big Rock tournament
980 Views - Posted: June 12 at 6:00 pm

While the focus of fishermen around Cape Lookout this week is on the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, plenty of fish are being caught much closer to the beach, according to Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach.

How funds from commercial fishing licenses and recreational commercial gear licenses are spent is a huge difference between House and Senate budget bills that must be worked out over the next week. How will license funds be spent? House and Senate budget bills have big difference
864 Views - Posted: June 12 at 8:10 am

The N.C. House and N.C. Senate have big differences in their respective budget bills, and in the realm of saltwater fisheries, a big one is a fund created to help the commercial fishing industry that takes money collected from the public and allows a group of private citizens to determine how it is spent. The Senate wants it; the House doesn’t.

The N.C. House as inserted a clause into the state budget bill that would bring $600,000 to North Carolina from the federal government to expand marine law enforcement opportunities. N.C. House to vote on budget bill that will provide for more marine enforcement
1082 Views - Posted: June 11 at 9:11 am

The N.C. House will likely vote later this week for a state-budget bill that includes, among other things, language that would direct the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to establish a “joint enforcement agreement” with the National Marine Fisheries Service that will provide the state $600,000 per year and allow officers with the N.C. Marine Patrol to enforce federal fishing regulations outside state waters.

Morehead City-based Inspiration, captained by Casey Wagner, brought a 753.4-pound blue marlin to the scales Monday to lead the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. Inspiration is Big Rock leader after boating huge marlin
1601 Views - Posted: June 09 at 7:27 pm

Rare has there been a day like Monday’s opening round of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City. Three big blue marlin were brought to the scales, and two of them may stay atop the leader board for the entire six days of action unless something else tremendous happens. 

The crew of Huge marlin wins Cape Fear tournament, sets record
1084 Views - Posted: June 09 at 12:01 pm

Capt. Hunter Blount, Jim Holmes and the crew of the “Coverage” out of Morehead City, are on a tear this year having won two of the first three of the tournaments in the N.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Conservation Series, taking first place in the Cape Fear Blue Marlin tournament last weekend with an 821.2-pound blue marlin that set a tournament record.

Matthew McKnight and mate Ian Moulder admire McKnight's 73-pound bull dolphin, caught June 1 on the Huge Hatteras dolphin comes up just short of state record
1350 Views - Posted: June 08 at 6:30 pm

When Matthew McKnight left Rhinebeck, N.Y., to visit his brother, Sean, on the Outer Banks, the two decided that an offshore fishing trip was in order, and it was a great decision. Fishing on the “Big Tahuna” out of Teach’s Lair Marina in Hatteras on June 1, Matthew McKnight boated a 73-pound dolphin that was six pounds shy of the 21-year-old state record.

North Carolina's spring wild-turkey harvest was off 8-percent this year, but it was still the second-largest on record. North Carolina turkey harvest is off 8 percent from 2013 levels
881 Views - Posted: June 06 at 6:02 am

For the first time in seven seasons, North Carolina wild turkey hunters saw a decline in the total spring harvest. During the April 12-May 10 gobblers-only season, hunters downed 16,912 birds. 

North Carolina fishermen will get 8 days in July to target red snapper. Feds announce 8-day season for red snapper
893 Views - Posted: June 05 at 6:01 pm

Fishermen in the Carolinas and other South Atlantic states will have eight days to catch red snapper this month, it was announced in early June.