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As of Sept. 17, offshore bottom-fishermen will have to release several members of the porgy family like this knobbed porgy, as the recreational season closes. Feds will close recreational season on several porgy species on Sept. 17
436 Views - Posted: September 15 at 1:10 pm

Federal fisheries managers announced last Friday that the recreational season for a number of species in the popular porgy family will close on Sept. 17 and not reopen until Jan. 1, 2015.


Black sea bass regulations differ between waters north and south of Cape Hatteras, just one example of bottomfish regulations that are somewhat complex and often confusing. A plethora of piscatorial regulations
63 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Regulations for offshore bottomfish species are complex and include several closed seasons and several seasons that close when the annual allocation is caught.


Location, location, location Location, location, location
34 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Much like for a successful business, the key to productive offshore bottom-fishing is being in the right location. Once the preferred, rock, wreck or reef is found, the captain must anchor so the boat is positioned just right to get the baits down to the fish. Bottomfish are very specific to their chosen structure, and missing it by even a few feet will result in a lot of waiting rather than catching. When anchored correctly, bites should be felt almost immediately.


Matthew Kelly (right) caught this state-record skipjack tuna on Aug. 30, fishing out of Hatteras with his father, Patrick. Virginia teen breaks ancient North Carolina record with 32-pound skipjack tuna
886 Views - Posted: September 07 at 9:39 pm

Matthew Kelly, a 16-year-old from Chesapeake, Va. thinks every fishing trip with his father, Patrick, is special, but the one Labor Day Weekend was just a little more special. That’s when he reeled in a 32-pound skipjack tuna that is likely a North Carolina state record and potentially an All Tackle IFGA Youth World Record.


Bottomfish like this hefty red grouper are regular visitors to Capt. Butch Fosterís boat during September. You can bet your bottom dollar that offshore bottom-fishing will heat up as the weather cools in September
386 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

The Yeah Right swung into position on the anchor rope, and the screen on the fish finder lit up with a mound of fish just above the small ledge. Smiling, Capt. Butch Foster of Southport gave the command to start fishing. His son and mate, Chris Foster, had already passed out bottom-fishing outfits and put chunks of squid and fish on the hooks, and it was only a moment before baits headed for the bottom 100 feet below.


Wahoo fishing off Morehead City usually picks up in the fall, but it's August and charterboats are starting to bring in catches of multiple 'hoos in day's trip. Good fall wahoo fishing has begun off Cape Lookout earlier than usual
629 Views - Posted: August 23 at 7:22 pm

The fall wahoo fishing off Atlantic Beach has gotten off to an early start, according to Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing, who isn’t sure what has caused this good fortune be said the cooler-than-usual summer probably fits into the mix.


African pompano are a great bonus catch on offshore bottom-fishing trips where grouper, snapper and black sea bass are more commonly targeted. Out of Africa
126 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

An African pompano is always an outstanding catch on a party boat. They are excellent eating and are extremely strong fighters.


Mate L.A. Riddick watches Capt. Larry Horowitz for a sign that he should release the anchor on the Super Voyager III. Anchors aweigh!
111 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Anchoring is one of the most important tasks for a successful day of bottom-fishing, because a boat that isn’t properly anchored doesn’t allow fishermen to get their baits to the fish.


Bottom-fishing trips out of Southport are producing many different species. Bottom-fishing already good out of Southport; could weather make it better?
1008 Views - Posted: August 06 at 9:30 pm

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said if the weather would just cooperate for a while, the fishing around Southport would be excellent – and the bottom-fishing is pretty good as it is.†


Gray triggerfish are just one of a handful of bottomfish species commonly caught on long-range summer trips out of Little River. Bottoms up! Summer bottom-fishing is best well offshore for anglers around Little River
428 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

Little River Inlet enters the Atlantic Ocean just below the state line between North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Sunset Beach, N.C. Anglers from both states use the inlet to gain access to fabulous fishing, the most notable of which may be summer bottomfish action.


The black spot on the dorsal fin of the Spanish mackerel is the single factor that most distinguishes it from king mackerel of similar sizes. Make sure you're "spot on" with mackerel identification
1825 Views - Posted: June 25 at 7:26 am

Is that a king mackerel of a Spanish mackerel you’re about to slide into your cooler? It might not quite be the $64,000 question, but it is one that could be expensive for fishermen if they make the wrong guess. The cost of court for having an undersize king mackerel is significant, and there is always the possibility of a hefty fine.


The Hatteras Fever II won last yearís Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with this 465.3-pound blue marlin. The Big Rock is a big deal
243 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

From the literary era of Ernest Hemmingway, to the early days of television to the fast paced, technical-savvy offshore anglers of the 21st century, the blue marlin reigns as one of the most storied big-game sportfish on the Atlantic seaboard.


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