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|Outer Banks Angler: June is jumping|
are well into June and just days from the official start of summer,
although the weather definitely feels like summer. Almost daily threats
of thunderstorms, rising air temps, water temps, and humidity mean the
season is in full swing.
think that there is no good fishing in the summer months. But that is
far from the truth. You may have to adjust your fishing, but there are
fish to be caught. ....Read more
|Hatteras Fever II wins the 55th annual Big Rock Tournament|
Fever II captured the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament
Saturday, June 15, when it survived a wild final day that featured 30
blue marlin releases.
Fever II, captained by Buddy Hooper of Buxton, showed up at the scales
Wednesday, June 12, with a 465.3-pound blue marlin that was reeled in
by Raleigh angler Taylor Miller. This catch turned out to be worth
$478,050 when no other qualifying blue marlins were landed. ....Read more
|2012 commercial and recreational fish and shellfish harvests are released|
Carolina commercial and recreational seafood harvests dropped in 2012,
likely due to a combination of environmental, economic, and regulatory
factors, including the shoaling of Oregon Inlet.
fishermen harvested 56.7 million pounds of finfish and shellfish from
North Carolina coastal waters in 2012, a 16 percent drop from the
previous year, according to the North Carolina Trip Ticket Program.
However, the value of commercial landings increased by 2.6 percent in
2012 to $73 million.
anglers harvested an estimated 12 million pounds of finfish (8.1
million fish) in 2012, a 9 percent decrease from 2011, according to the
state’s Coastal Angling Program. ....Read more
|Outer Banks Angling: Recapping Memorial Day Weekend|
was a blustery and semi-stormy start to the Memorial Day weekend. Gusty
winds and scattered thunderstorms led the charge on Friday and
Saturday, but by Sunday the weather became as good as you could ask
for. Clear skies, light winds, and warm air made for an excellent
second half of the holiday.
beautiful weather brought out the fishermen in droves. Local boat ramps
were slammed with trucks and trailers. The piers had good crowds and
the beaches had plenty of lines in the water.
The true story lies in the current cobia fishing, which is super hot. ....Read more
|UPDATE: Settlement in Big Rock Tournament case leaves questions unanswered|
was a juicy saga that began in June 2010 and spurred a frenzy of
worldwide publicity. A mate on the charter boat Citation, based out of
Hatteras, forgot to buy his $15 fishing license. In a crazy twist, that
oversight ends up creating a technicality that disqualifies the boat of
more than $1 million in prize money awarded for the largest fish ever
caught in the Big Rock Tournament, a big-money billfishing tournament
based in Morehead City, N.C.
The owners of the Citation filed a
lawsuit against the Big Rock Tournament, and the case made its way
through the North Carolina Court system for almost three years.
This week the case was settled, but the settlement leaves many questions unanswered. ....Read more
Owners of Hatteras-based boat win another round in long legal battle over Big Rock winnings
several defeats in lower courts, the state Supreme Court has handed the
charter boat Citation another opportunity to land more than $1 million
in winnings it has so far been denied from the 2010 Big Rock Tournament.
the first day of that year’s June tournament, the Hatteras-based vessel
had hooked an 883-pound marlin, the largest in the history of the
contest. But days later, the boat was disqualified after organizers
learned that its mate lacked an active $15 recreational saltwater
fishing license until two hours after the marlin was caught.
ruling from the Supreme Court of North Carolina last month reversed a
state Court of Appeals decision that had favored the tournament board’s
disqualification of the Citation’s prize money: $912,825 in the Blue
Marlin Division and $318,750 in the Fabulous Fishermen’s Level. ....Read more
|UPDATE: Gamefish bill is dead in state legislature|
controversial gamefish bill that would have made three species of
wild-caught fish unavailable to watermen and consumers in North
Carolina was killed late Wednesday, making it the fourth time a
gamefish measure has perished in the state.
“It is officially dead,” said Rep. Paul Tine, a Kitty Hawk Democrat. “It will not run.”
said that the news was relayed to him by the bill’s primary sponsor,
Rep. Tom Murry, R-Wake, who had just left a late-day Republican caucus.
UPDATE: Gamefish bill is alive and well in the legislature
the chaos of changeover day in the state legislature, the proposed
gamefish bill continues to sit quietly in a committee, still
legislatively viable and apparently not forgotten.
definitely not dead,” said Deans Eatman, a staff member in the office
of Rep. Michael Wray, a Northampton Democrat who is one of the bill’s
primary sponsors. ....Read
UPDATE: Watermen plan a show in force in Raleigh to oppose gamefish bill
in North Carolina plan a show of force in Raleigh on Monday, when
members of the public have been invited to give feedback on a proposed
gamefish bill that would make specked trout, red drum, and estuarine
striped bass no longer available to consumers and commercial fishermen.
“Folks are very concerned about this legislation,” said David
Hilton, president of the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association. “All
the leaders in the community are definitely calling all the fishermen
to go.” ....Read
Political terrain is rougher in new version of the gamefish bill
fishermen for the fourth time are fighting against passage of a
gamefish bill that is winding its way through the North Carolina
General Assembly, but this time the political terrain is rougher and
the legislation is an entangled mix of actions.
bill, HB 983, proposes to remove red drum, speckled trout, and
estuarine striped bass from commercial fishing and make them solely
recreational catches, a measure strongly opposed on the coast.
The same bill, however, also provides funds for dredging and fisheries
observers, measures strongly favored on the coast. It would also
compensate watermen for losses. And it raises fees on
recreational saltwater fishing licenses as a funding mechanism. ....Read more
|Outer Banks Angling: Red, brown, and green|
a doubt some of the best moneymakers in the Outer Banks fishing world
are red drum, cobia, and mahi-- and they are all currently here and
|Jones continues to question endangered status for Atlantic sturgeon|
Rep. Walter Jones, R.-N.C., continues to push back against the National
Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) ongoing effort to protect Atlantic
sturgeon as an endangered species under the Endangered Species
February of 2012, NMFS decided to create a Carolina “distinct
population segment” of Atlantic sturgeon and to list that segment as
24 boats compete for prize money in Hatteras Village Offshore Open
boats competed for $86,400 in prize money in the 19th annual Hatteras
Village Offshore Open last week. The tournament is the first event in
the Governor’s Cup billfishing series.
place in the billfish division and $39,886.25 in prize money went to
Stream Weaver for one blue marlin and two white marlin releases. ....Read
|Outer Banks Angling: The wheels on the bus go round and round|
the movie “Ground Hog Day,” Bill Murray plays a weather forecaster who
goes to Punxsutawney, Pa., to cover the prediction by the
furry groundhog, Phil. Unfortunately for Bill Murray, he becomes
trapped living the same day over and over again.
would seem that the Outer Banks and most of the Eastern Seaboard have
found themselves in the same twilight-zone like scenario. This spring
has by far been one of the most unfavorable weather-wise in the recent past.
northeast winds seem to just go round and round and barely let up. For
every couple of days of the preferred spring, southerly winds, we get
numerous days of hard northerly winds. ....Read
|Anglers battle relentless wind in Ocracoke Surf Fishing Tournament….WITH SLIDE SHOW|
battling strong winds over two days, the Raleigh Saltwater Sport
Fishing Club won the 30th annual Ocracoke Island Invitational Surf
Fishing Tournament. One of the team members, John Bryant, also caught
the largest fish with a 32 ¾-inch bluefish.
Raleigh group had 56 points, nudging out second place winners, Team
Advanced Fishing of Rodanthe, which had 51 points. The Delaware Mobile
Surf Fishermen of Dagsboro, Del., were third with 40 points.
OISFT is an invitation-only event where 70 teams of fishing men and
women compete in four sessions over two days. This year’s fishing
days were Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3. ....Read
|Boats are back to using the main channel in Hatteras Inlet|
fishing, charter, and private boats are back to using Rollinson Channel
to safely navigate between the harbor in Hatteras village and Hatteras
January, many boats were using an alternate channel that goes farther
west into the sound to bypass the heavily shoaled Rollinson Channel,
also known as the ferry channel or main channel. ....Read
|Jones continues efforts to block catch-shares funding|
Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., is continuing his effort to block funding
for approval of new fisheries catch-shares programs in the Atlantic
Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
Tuesday, April 16, Jones and a bipartisan group of 24 of his House
colleagues sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee asking
them to eliminate funding for new catch-shares programs in the fiscal
year 2014 appropriations bill for the Department of Commerce. The
committee is expected to take up the bill later this spring. ....Read more
best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW
If you’ve never been fishing off Hatteras or Ocracoke, it’s definitely
worth looking into. The variety of trips, boats, captains,
species of fish available is quite impressive, and there are options
that can accommodate almost any budget or interest.
That said, with so many options available, choosing the right charter
can be a daunting task, especially for first-timers. To make it a
little bit easier, The Island Free Press has compiled a guide to
Hatteras and Ocracoke charter fishing. With answers to
asked questions, information on everything from choosing a boat to
cleaning your fish, advice on making your trip more enjoyable, and
pictures to rouse your inner angler, this guide is designed help get
you off the docks and on the water. ....Read