|Feds will consider adding Marine Protection Areas this week
259 Views - Posted: December 02 at 6:00 am
At its scheduled meeting this month, the South Atlantic Fishery Management†Council (SAFMC) will discuss adding additional Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of the Carolinas as a means to help reduce the by-catch of speckled hind and warsaw grouper. These species, which are considered deepwater grouper, are listed as undergoing overfishing in the 2012 NOAA Fisheries Report to Congress.†
|State certifies new record golden tilefish
704 Views - Posted: October 31 at 1:00 pm
A Frisco man has become the latest angler to catch a state-record fish with the announcement that the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state-record golden tilefish.
|Get ready for the long haul
169 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am
Fishing on extended trips, whether from a head boat like the Continental Shelf or from a smaller private vessel, is fun and cooler-filling, but doesn’t come without its challenges.
|The right tools for the job
153 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am
As with any job, anglers need the right tools for bottom-fishing, especially when fish like amberjack and grouper are likely to bite. And on extended trips, where depths can reach the 600-foot range, you don’t want to be caught with undersized gear.
|Mapping out success
167 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am
Capt. Davie Tilley of the Continental Shelf understands that many anglers opt to fish out of their own private vessels, but he is still willing to help them out through a service he offers called “Fish Here Maps.”
|Get to the bottom of it - Extended bottom-fishing trips out of Morehead City mean more fish for more fishermen
288 Views - Posted: October 01 at 7:00 am
“Okay gentlemen, drop it down, drop it down, drop it down. All the way to the bottom. If you’re not on the bottom, you can’t catch these fish.”†
|Tremendous white marlin bite moves closer to Oregon Inlet
470 Views - Posted: September 27 at 7:00 am
Capt. Karl Helmkamp of Fistful Sportfishing in Manteo said white marlin fishing out of Oregon Inlet continues to be extremely good. He said cold fronts have moved the marlin down the coast and they are a little closer to the inlet than when the hot bite began several weeks ago.††
186 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am
Capt. Fin Gaddy of the Qualifier out of Oregon Inlet said nobody knows how many white marlin are really caught because many were possibly spearfish. The two species are almost identical, except for the greater distance between the vent and the bottom (anal) fin.
|Are white marlin threatened?
156 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am
The National Marine Fisheries Service recently considered a charge that landings data supported listing the white marlin as “threatened” under the National Endangered Species Act.
|Grouper tackle and rigging
199 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am
To be successful, grouper, tackle must be very specific and virtually bulletproof. The name of the game is to immediately pull heavy, strong fish away from structure that can destroy leaders.
|Extra grouper is worth the extra effort
252 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am
Brant McMullan, who operates the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, is best known as a king mackerel expert, but when he charters in the fall, he also likes to specifically target gag grouper in the fall. Through trial and error, he has come up with some specific tips for fishermen targeting grouper.
|Vermilion snapper season will not close this fall
576 Views - Posted: September 11 at 7:00 am
Federal fisheries managers have decided to remove the annual Nov. 1-March 31 closure of recreational fishing for vermilion snapper because of the latest population assessment.
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