|North Carolina closes commercial netting for red drum until at least Sept. 1.
571 Views - Posted: April 17 at 12:01 pm
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has closed commercial fishing for red drum statewide because netters caught more than their allowable poundage for the entire season in just a few months last fall.
|Huge number of puppy drum invades sound behind Hatteras
286 Views - Posted: April 16 at 6:00 am
Capt. Joey Van Dyke of Fingeance Charters in Hatteras said fishermen along the edge of Pamlico Sound are receiving a special treat this spring – an invasion of puppy drum. Van Dyke has not seen a spring like this one in either the numbers of fish or the intensity of the action.
|New Bern has been center of great speckled trout bite
327 Views - Posted: April 15 at 9:19 am
Even though it’s catch-and-release only for another two months, the speckled trout fishing around New Bern has been tremendous for the past two weeks, according to Capt. Joe Ward of Flydaddy Charters.
|Red drum starting to perk up in creeks in lower end of Brunswick County
346 Views - Posted: April 14 at 8:12 am
Red drum bite in the creeks of southern Brunswick County all year, but Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters in Ocean Isle said they are starting to warm up and feed more aggressively.
|Stripers, specks on the move in Tar, Pamlico rivers
523 Views - Posted: April 09 at 12:01 pm
Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said two weeks of warm weather had done wonders for the fishing in the Tar and Pamlico rivers. The stars of the show have been stripers, which everyone expects to see moving upriver in April, and speckled trout, which were a question mark to many after the January trout kill in the Pungo River.
|Carolina Beach inshore action improving, needs just a little more warmth
643 Views - Posted: April 04 at 6:00 am
Capt. Lewis Emery of Carolina Beach said fishing isn’t wide open yet, but he’s certainly seeing a good sample of what is to come, and he expects to see steady improvement.
|Fishing in Atlantic Beach area is picking up daily
459 Views - Posted: April 03 at 6:00 pm
Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said he is getting good reports of improved fishing here and there, and with a good forecast for the next 10 days, he expects spring fishing to really improve.
|Schools of red drum showing up in surf from Beaufort Inlet north
758 Views - Posted: March 20 at 10:42 pm
Fishermen have been creative about finding ways to enjoy the stretches of pretty days between the bouts of harsh winter weather that have been bombarding the coast since Late January. Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island hopes spring brings general warming and extended periods of nice weather, but he has found some red drum in the surf and has been chasing them from land and by boat.
|Croaking on the huge numbers of Pamlico by-catch
605 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ stock-status report on Atlantic croaker generates more questions than answers.
It presents a “concern” listing because it says scientists can’t “precisely determine overfished stock status,” although the coast-wide assessment says croaker “are not overfished and overfishing is not occurring.”
If you’re confused, how about the poor croakers? Recreational fishing for these tasty saltwater panfish in Pamlico Sound is and has been terrible for years, unlike the Chesapeake Bay’s tributaries that offer up 10- to 14-inch fish spring through fall.
Division biologist Jason Rock acknowledged shrimp trawling on croaker grounds, mainly Pamlico Sound, is a concern, but said the agency couldn’t make a definite call about the species’ overall health because it doesn’t have enough information about the effects of bottom trawling on juvenile croakers.
|Pamlico’s western shoreline offers prime inshore habitat
159 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
The northwestern portion of Pamlico Sound is prime red drum and trout habitat year-round, with flounder available during the warm months. From where the Intracoastal Waterway crosses the sound to the Pungo River and wrapping around the edge of the sound to Long Shoal Point east of Engelhard, numerous bays, creeks and rivers have ideal habitat for these and other fish.
|Hyde County fishing growing in popularity
129 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
Hyde County is one of the most-unique counties along North Carolina’s coast. The bulk of the county is on the mainland, with Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks. The county’s total area of 1,424 square mile includes 811 square miles of water, and its total population is just short of 6,000.
|Swansboro-area reds are coming to life in marshes
834 Views - Posted: March 14 at 10:06 pm
The warmer, sunny days between cold fronts at the end of winter have provided some excellent fishing in the marshes behind Emerald Isle, Bear Island and Browns Island near Swansboro. Capt. Rick Patterson of Cape Crusader Charters said the water in the marsh creeks and ponds has stayed crystal clear, and sight-fishing for redfish has been and continues to be excellent. Some black drum and a few speckled trout have been mixed with some of the redfish.
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