|Big Rock’s show stoppers
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It used to be that the ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) show held each July was the place fishermen got their first look at new products that would separate them from their hard-earned money.
That game has changed. The Big Rock Sports Group, which is based in Morehead City, has quietly acquired several smaller distributors and established regional warehouses across the country on its way to becoming the largest outdoor sporting goods distributor in the United States. As one tackle shop owner said when he walked out onto the balcony overlooking the sales floor at Big Rock Sports’ recent dealers show in Raleigh, “Wow, This looks like a mini-ICAST!”
|Lower Roanoke River striper fishing has been off the charts
524 Views - Posted: March 07 at 6:01 am
Capt. Richard Andrews, of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Washington said striper fishing in the lower Roanoke River hasn’t slowed from its hectic pace of before the keeper season opened, and now fishermen can take home some fish for dinner if they want.
|Upper-slot puppy drum putting on a show in upper Pamlico Sound
375 Views - Posted: March 05 at 6:00 am
While he admitted the number of fish and the intensity of the action were unusual, Capt. Joey VanDyke of Fingeance Sportfishing Charters isn’t complaining about a late February/early March abundance of upper-slot red drum in the bays and creeks along the mainland Dare County shores of Pamlico Sound.
|Conservation groups sue feds over sea-turtle regulations
465 Views - Posted: March 01 at 6:00 pm
A coalition of conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of its intent to file suit over the agency’s failure to prevent the annual capture and drowning of more than 53,000 threatened and endangered sea turtles in the nets of shrimp trawlers operating in the Gulf of Mexico and the south Atlantic.
|Seek reds where they Hyde in western Pamlico
378 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Just a few yards into a small creek off Rose Bay, near Swan Quarter in Hyde County, the mud trails of several puppy drum that spooked from Capt. Richard Andrews’ boat passing nearly silently overhead gave away their presence. Andrews immediately stopped the trolling motor and deployed his Power-Pole to stop the boat.
“I didn’t expect those fish to be this far out in this creek,” Andrews said. “This time of year, they usually hold in a little pocket around the next bend. The water temperatures may have warmed a little more than I thought for them to have moved this far. The good news is if they are active enough to be out here, they are probably looking for food and should be ready to eat. Let’s get ready and see.”
|Feelin’ blue at Badin Lake
156 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am
Peering through the first of rays of sunlight across the glassy surface of Badin Lake, it’s a little difficult to fully comprehend how many huge blue catfish are swimming around in the lake, one of a handful of Piedmont reservoirs on the Yadkin River. Chris Hammill of Hammill Outdoor Adventures had plans to make introductions to several of them.
“My buddy that left us bait; (he) fished last night, and said they didn’t generate at Tuckertown, so there wasn’t any flow and he didn’t catch anything,” Hammill said. “One of the big keys to catching fish here is moving water, and it has to come through the dam for that. Since they didn’t generate last night, they probably will today, and we’ll be up here pretty close to the dam to take advantage as soon as the water begins moving.
|ICW creeks, bays producing redfish from Surf City to Swansboro
890 Views - Posted: February 28 at 6:01 am
Some of the abundant shallow bays and creeks along the Intracoastal Waterway between Surf City and Swansboro are holding big schools of winter redfish. Many of them are also too shallow to move about except at high tide, so timing is very important to get in as soon as there is enough water and to get out before the tide gets too low.
|N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission keeps trout closure, changes shrimp by-catch stance
969 Views - Posted: February 26 at 12:01 pm
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission kept in place at its Feb. 19-21 meeting a ban on all commercial and recreational speckled trout fishing through mid-June and kept in place the current creel and size limits, but it changed course when it came to reducing by-catch from shrimp trawling.
|Flounder-tagging study gets boost from CRFL grant
810 Views - Posted: February 21 at 6:00 am
This summer, a research team from UNC-Wilmington and N.C. State will begin a second study on the movement of southern flounder, funded by a $150,000 grant from Coastal Recreational Fishing License funds to study.
|How regs change at the state line
124 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Fishermen who move around the waters south of Shallotte on a regular basis often ride through South Carolina waters, especially to access the Calabash River. The state line runs from about a half-mile west of Calabash across the marsh to the ocean about 100 yards east of Little River Inlet. White poles on the side of the ICW and inlet mark the line, but most fishermen don’t know what they signify and many don’t even notice them.
No reciprocal license agreement exists between the states and probably never will, as long as creel limits and size minimums differ. This places the burden of knowledge on fishermen, and it is “must-know” information. Most SCDNR officers allow boas to pass through as long as they doesn’t stop, but those stopping to fish should expect to be checked.
|What makes a winter redfish haven?
159 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Brunswick County, the southernmost County in North Carolina, has a lot going for it as far as holding redfish during the winter, especially from the Shallotte River to the South Carolina line.
While they tolerate colder water better than many species, redfish prefer warmer pockets of water and have a unique ability to find them. The geography of the southern corner of Brunswick County creates warm spots and the fishing reflects it.
First, there are miles of marsh between the Intracoastal Waterway and Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach and Bird Island. The marsh is shallow, with creeks winding through it between flats with dark bottoms that are exposed to sunlight during the low tides. This warms the water and creates the warmer pockets of water redfish seek.
|Despite the cold, Atlantic Beach reds, blacks keep beating the drum
735 Views - Posted: February 14 at 10:37 am
Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tail Outdoors in Atlantic Beach knows how far the temperatures have dropped over the past several weeks and how much snow and ice have come with those super-cold weather cells, but he also knows that fishermen have also continued to find fish that are willing to bite and they need lures, baits and terminal tackle from his store.
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