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April 21, 2015

[DENR.DMF.NewsRelease] New fisheries rules go into effect May 1

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Read his news release HERE.


Pat McCrory, Governor                                             
Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary



N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Release: Immediate                                                                                  Contact: Patricia Smith                               
Date: April 21, 2015                                                                                Phone: 252-726-7021

New fisheries rules go into effect May 1

MOREHEAD CITY – Several new rules pertaining to various issues, including implementation of the shrimp, river herring, eel and bay scallop fishery management plans, will go into effect May 1.

Rules implementing an amendment to the N.C. Shrimp Fishery Management Plan include:
  • Modifying the definition of mesh length to apply to diamond-mesh and square-mesh nets in support of a management strategy to require an additional bycatch reduction device in skimmer and otter trawls, which can include a square-mesh T-90 panel.
  • Codifying an existing management strategy prohibiting the use of trawl nets, except skimmer trawls, upstream of the N.C. 172 Bridge over the New River in Onslow County to continue reducing bycatch.
  • Clarifying the Division of Marine Fisheries director’s proclamation authority for shrimp harvest restrictions;
  • Establishing a maximum combined headrope length of 220 feet in all internal coastal waters where there are no existing maximum combined headrope requirements, allowing for a phase-out period until Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Allowing cast-netting of shrimp in all areas otherwise closed to shrimping and increasing the harvest limit in these areas to 4 quarts, heads-on, or 2 ½ quarts, heads-off.
  • Prohibiting shrimp trawling in the Intracoastal Waterway channel from the Sunset Beach Bridge to the South Carolina line, including the Shallotte River, Eastern Channel and lower Calabash River, to protect small shrimp.

Rules implementing an amendment to the N.C. River Herring Fishery Management Plan include:
  • Removing blueback herring and alewife from the exemption for possession of mutilated finfish.
  • Changing the boundary coordinates of the Anadromous Fish Spawning Area to reflect companion changes previously made to the Albemarle Sound and Roanoke River management areas.
  • Relocating the description and boundaries of the Chowan River and Albemarle Sound River Herring Management Areas from Subchapter 03J to Subchapter 03R in the rulebook for improved organization and public clarity.

Rules Implementing Addendum III to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plan for American Eel include:
  • Requiring a minimum mesh length of one-half by one-half inch for eel pots, with a phase-in period until Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Increasing the American eel minimum size limit to 9 inches, decreasing the recreational bag limit to 25 fish and implementing a Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 season closure, unless the eels are taken with baited pots.

Rules to implement an amendment to the N.C. Bay Scallop Fishery Management Plan include:
  • Making bay scallops rules consistent with those of other shellfish species grown on private bottom by exempting leaseholders and aquaculture operations from the public bottom commercial season, gear and harvest limits and allowing for the sale of cultured bay scallops. 
  • Eliminating the Aug. 1 through Sept. 15 bay scallop season and lower the maximum daily commercial harvest possession limit to be consistent with adaptive management trip limit measures.

Rules impacting for-hire fishing operations and ocean fishing piers include:
  • Eliminating the current For-Hire Permit and Coastal Recreational Fishing License blanket licenses and replace them with a captain’s for-hire license, a blanket for-hire vessel license, and a non-blanket for-hire vessel license, to be consistent with current state law.
  • Combining two separate ocean pier licenses into one Ocean Fishing Pier License with the same net cost. 

Other rules effective May 1 include:
  • Updating and relocating a rule that provides the Division of Marine Fisheries director’s authority to issue proclamations to resolve user conflicts concerning public trust resources.
  • Updating the name of a canal in Brunswick County.
  • Removing the permit fee for the Atlantic Ocean Striped Bass Commercial Gear Permit, which is now provided in statute, and eliminating theNov. 1 deadline to purchase the annual permit.
  • Correcting an error in the inland/coastal waters boundary line in Queens Creek, Onslow County.
  • Correcting grammatical errors and spacing in several rules.
  • Modifying rules pertaining to the Division of Marine Fisheries director’s proclamation authority, for consistency.

The rules will be included in 2015 North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules (2015 rulebook) and will be posted online athttp://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rules-and-regulations by May 1.

For more information contact Catherine Blum, with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8014 or Catherine.Blum@ncdenr.gov.

April 11, 2015

Coastal Recreational Fishing License Meeting

Pat McCrory, Governor                                             
Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary



N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Release: Immediate                                                                                  Contact: Patricia Smith                               
Date: April 7, 2015                                                                                  Phone: 252-726-7021

Fisheries Commission Coastal Recreational Fishing License Committee to meet

MOREHEAD CITY – The Coastal Recreational Fishing License Committee of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 17 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters, 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City.

The committee will discuss and be asked to approve the 2015 Request for Proposal Application.

The committee will also be asked to release the 2015-2016 fiscal year funding for multi-year grants that were awarded in prior years.

A full agenda is attached.

For more information, contact Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grants Coordinator Wayne Johannessen at 252-808-8004 orWayne.Johannessen@ncdenr.gov.

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Marine Fisheries Commission
Coastal Recreational Fishing License Committee Meeting
DMF Headquarters
3441 Arendell Street
Friday, April 17 9:30 AM

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

April 8, 2015

The Finfish Advisory Committee - Agenda April 15, 2015




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Pat McCrory, Governor                                             
Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary



N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Release: Immediate                                                                                  Contact: Patricia Smith                               
Date: April 7, 2015                                                                                  Phone: 252-726-7021

Finfish Advisory Committee to meet

MOREHEAD CITY – The Finfish Advisory Committee to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet at  6 p.m. April 15 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City.

The committee is scheduled to discuss potential management measures for the North Carolina sheepshead population.

A full agenda is attached. 

For more information, contact Kathy Rawls at 252-808-8074 or Kathy.Rawls@ncdenr.org, or Lee Paramore at 252-473-5734 orLee.Paramore@ncdenr.gov.

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Finfish Advisory Committee

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, NC

April 15, 2015



6 p.m.              Call to Order*
                        Vote on the Approval of the Agenda**
                        Vote on the Approval of the Minutes from October 14, 2014**

6:05 p.m.         Review of the Draft Issue Paper –Determine Need For and Impacts of Sheepshead Size, Creel, and Trip Limits in North Carolina – Stephen Taylor
Receive a presentation to consider the need for management of sheepshead
·         Receive public comment on the draft issue paper
·         Vote on Agenda Item**

7 p.m.              Public Comment
Receive public comment on fisheries management issues under the scope of the committee.

7:30 p.m.         Marine Fisheries Commission Update – Kathy Rawls
                       
7:40 p.m.         Adjourn



* Times indicated are merely for guidance.  The committee will proceed through the agenda until completed.
**Action Items   
***Applies only to Marine Fisheries Commission members

N.C.G.S. 138A-15(e) mandates at the beginning of any meeting of a board, the chair shall remind all members of their duty to avoid conflicts of interest under Chapter 138. The chair also shall inquire as to whether there is any known conflict of interest with respect to any matters coming before the board at that time.*** 

N.C.G.S. 143B-289.54(g)(2) states a member of the Marine Fisheries Commission shall not vote on any issue before the Commission that would have a "significant and predictable effect" on the member's financial interest. For purposes of this subdivision, "significant and predictable effect" means there is or may be a close causal link between the decision of the Commission and an expected disproportionate financial benefit to the member that is shared only by a minority of persons within the same industry sector or gear group. A member of the Commission shall also abstain from voting on any petition submitted by an advocacy group of which the member is an officer or sits as a member of the advocacy group's board of directors. A member of the Commission shall not use the member's official position as a member of the Commission to secure any special privilege or exemption of substantial value for any person. No member of the Commission shall, by the member's conduct, create an appearance that any person could improperly influence the member in the performance of the member's official duties. ***

Commissioners having questions about a conflict of interest or appearance of conflict should consult with counsel to the Marine Fisheries Commission or the secretary’s ethics liaison. Upon discovering a conflict, the commissioner should inform the chair of the commission in accordance with N.C.G.S. 138A-15(e). ***

                                                                                                           



Patricia Smith
Public Information Officer
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City, N.C. 28557
(252) 808-8025 (Office)
(252) 342-0642 (Mobile)

Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties unless the content is exempt by statute or other regulation.


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Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

April 3, 2015

17-lb., 9.6-oz. GIANT Largemouth BassZilla

Georgia Outdoor News Magazine just certified this 17-lb., 9.6-oz. GIANT BassZilla From Coweta County. This largemouth bass is Georgia’s new No. 4 of all-time and the heaviest bass we’ve seen since 1987. Congrats to Keith Watkins, of Douglasville. Details at www.gon.com.


Wow!

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

April 2, 2015

DENR / DMF Polluted Area Proclamations

This proclamation closes
certain shellfish leases which will contain shellfish relayed from polluted areas for natural depuration.



effective sunrise, Monday, April 6, 2015

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Robin Cummings, M.D., Acting State Health Director, Department of Health and Human Services, hereby announces that effective sunrise, Monday, April 6, 2015
, the following privately controlled shellfish bottoms as indicated below are closed to the harvest of oysters, clams and mussels:

No person shall take or attempt to take any oysters, clams or mussels or possess, sell or offer for sale any oysters, clams or mussels taken from the following privately controlled shellfish bottoms:

Proclamation PA-34-2015 can be found here once the DMF website is updated.


February 26, 2015

Wildlife Commission Seeks Anglers' Help Detecting Gill Lice

Wildlife Commission Seeks Anglers' Help Detecting Gill Lice
Wildlife Commission fisheries biologists are asking anglers to help them document the presence of gill lice — tiny, white crustaceans — that have been found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County. Biologists don’t know how widely distributed the gill lice are or the ultimate impact they may have so they’re asking any angler who catches a brook trout with gill lice to contact Jake Rash at 828-659-3324, ext. 225, or by email at jacob.rash@ncwildlife.org.


Gill lice attach to a fish’s gills, which can traumatize gills and inhibit the fish’s ability to breathe. 
(photo by Amanda Bushon)

HIGHLANDS, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2014) — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for anglers’ assistance after gill lice were found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County.
Staff with the Little Tennessee Land Trust found the gill lice in September while sampling fish with the Commission near Highlands. The discovery marked the first time that gill lice have been documented in North Carolina waters. Biologists are concerned what affect these tiny, white crustaceans — also known as copepods — could have on native brook trout populations.   .............. (Read More)
Till next time....
Tight lines
Johnny

January 26, 2015

I GOTTA GET ONE OF THESE!

Post by Hunter & fishing.

 Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

January 10, 2015

Surf Fishing with John Skinner : "Fishing the Bucktail"

Surf Fishing with John Skinner : "Fishing the Bucktail"

 I enjoyed watching this video. I haven't fished with bucktail lures in quite a while. I'm going to get them cleaned up an back into the tackle box.




Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny aka "Fishin'Topsail"






December 17, 2014

Fisherman's Post Fishing Report Winter 2014 / 2015

Fisherman's Post fishing report:

John Bullock, Becky Early, and Chuck Johnson with a haul of king mackerel they landed while trolling dead cigar minnows under Blue Water Candy skirts near AR-366.











Chris, of East Coast Sports, reports that there’s been some excellent speckled trout fishing around Topsail over the past few weeks. Anglers are still catching a few while working MirrOlures and soft plastic baits from the beachfront, with the best fishing around slough and sandbar edges. The trout bite has been excellent inshore, and anglers are finding the fish in creeks and backwaters off the ICW and New River (with good numbers of citation fish off the river). Soft plastic baits and suspending lures like MirrOlure MR17’s are the best bets for the trout. Red drum are in many of the same areas inshore and will pounce on the same artificials as the specks. Anglers may also see schools of reds feeding around the shoals of Topsail and other local inlets over the winter months, and they can cast Gulps, spoons, and other lures to fish they spot to hook up. Black drum are still feeding around inshore structure and in the surf zone. Anglers are hooking them in both places with fresh shrimp pinned to bottom rigs. The inshore drum are often around and feeding through the wintertime. Flounder giggers are still finding plenty of success, but cooler water seems to have slowed the flatfish bite for hook and line anglers.

John Bullock, Becky Early, and Chuck Johnson with a haul of king mackerel they landed while trolling dead cigar minnows 
under Blue Water Candy skirts near AR-366.



Out in the ocean, there have been big numbers of gray trout feeding at nearshore structure like Divers and Dallas rocks. Jigging lures like Stingsilvers are tough for the grays to turn down, and they’ll also pounce on a variety of natural baits.Allen, of Breadman Ventures, reports that anglers are still seeing some solid red drum and speckled trout action around Sneads Ferry right now, and they should have some opportunities at both fish all winter long.
Some large (to 8+ lbs.) specks are feeding in shallow water in the creeks and bays off the New River, and anglers can tempt the fish to bite suspending baits like MR17 MirrOlures or TTF and Salty Bay soft plastic baits pinned to light jigheads.
Red drum are feeding in many of the same areas and still providing plenty of sight-fishing action for anglers chasing them. Searching for wakes, pushes, and other “nervous water” can clue anglers in to the presence of a school of reds from a distance, and anglers can often spot individual fish to cast to once they get closer. Soft plastics and suspending hard baits will fool the reds as well as the trout.
Robin, of Jolly Roger Pier, reports that anglers are still seeing some action from the pier, primarily while bottom-fishing with shrimp and Fish Bites. Croaker and black drum have made up most of the catch lately, but anglers also saw some sea mullet and pufferfish last week as well. The panfish action should remain decent for much of the month if the temperatures don’t fall too far.
There’s been a decent speckled trout bite off the pier over the past month, but the fish have gotten smaller (most undersized) in recent weeks. Artificial lures like curly tail grubs will attract attention from the trout. Allen, of Breadman Ventures, reports that anglers are still seeing some solid red drum and speckled trout action around Sneads Ferry right now, and they should have some opportunities at both fish all winter long.
Some large (to 8+ lbs.) specks are feeding in shallow water in the creeks and bays off the New River, and anglers can tempt the fish to bite suspending baits like MR17 MirrOlures or TTF and Salty Bay soft plastic baits pinned to light jigheads.
Red drum are feeding in many of the same areas and still providing plenty of sight-fishing action for anglers chasing them. Searching for wakes, pushes, and other “nervous water” can clue anglers in to the presence of a school of reds from a distance, and anglers can often spot individual fish to cast to once they get closer. Soft plastics and suspending hard baits will fool the reds as well as the trout.
Robin, of Jolly Roger Pier, reports that anglers are still seeing some action from the pier, primarily while bottom-fishing with shrimp and Fish Bites. Croaker and black drum have made up most of the catch lately, but anglers also saw some sea mullet and pufferfish last week as well. The panfish action should remain decent for much of the month if the temperatures don’t fall too far.
There’s been a decent speckled trout bite off the pier over the past month, but the fish have gotten smaller (most undersized) in recent weeks. Artificial lures like curly tail grubs will attract attention from the trout.


Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny



November 26, 2014

Rained Out

I woke up early today about 5 am. The rain had finally stopped, so I decided to hit the beach and throw a mirro-lure for a while, which turned out to be a very short while. The ocean was beautiful, and very angry. Huge waves and white water!  After a few minutes the rain came back so I grabbed my bucket and headed to the truck. On the access steps the bottom fell out. Long story short, I got soaked, with water even getting in my waders.

As I read the morning report from Surf City Pier today, I was thinking how I would miss their morning video report after they close. I would like to thank the folks at Surf City Pier for their morning report. I am going to miss starting my day without the SC Pier report each morning. But they will be back in March to keep us informed.

A note: Surf City Pier will be closing in a few days so if you haven't already, get your 2015 Season Pass before they close. The speckled trout will be around all the way to December something, and you can't get on the pier after they close unless you have a key, so don't procrastinate.

Visit the Surf City Pier website (http://www.surfcityoceanpier.com/) or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/surfcitypier) to get their morning report.

Till  next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna

September 24, 2014

Lunkerville's Videos

If you love fishing, you must watch this fishing video! It is awesome!

Click here .....

Lunkerville's Videos

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



I may have posted this picture before but it's worth another look.





Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



Proud anglers withstand the weather to catch a cooler full!  Don't it seem when the weather is miserable the spots are hungry!



Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



Nice trout! It's that time of the year!



Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



Can you save "Fish Fry?"



Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



Can you save "Fish Fry?"



Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



Two at a time!



Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc



More spots from SC Pier!



Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



MMM! Good looking spots!



September 3, 2014

Topsail – August 28, 2014 Fishermans Post

Topsail – August 28, 2014 | + Fishermans Post









Mac McLemore with a Topsail Island red drum that struck a soft plastic shrimp in the sound at Topsail while he was fishing with Capt. Jason Dail of Silverspoon Charters.
Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny aka "Fishin'Topsail"







Mac McLemore with a Topsail Island red drum that struck a soft plastic
shrimp in the sound at Topsail while he was fishing with Capt. Jason
Dail of Silverspoon Charters.



August 31, 2014

Darryl Davis II, of Jacksonville 32″ red drum




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Darryl Davis II, of Jacksonville, NC, with a 32″ red drum he caught and released near Sneads Ferry after it struck a live finger mullet.


 Matthew Merriman, of Jacksonville
Matthew Merriman, of Jacksonville, with a 23" re ddrum that bit a spoon in the New River south of Jacksonville.

 Matthew Merriman, of Jacksonville, with a 23″ re ddrum that bit a spoon in the New River south of Jacksonville.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

August 14, 2014

Fisherman's Post Topsail Area Fishing Report – August 14, 2014


Topsail/Sneads Ferry Fishing Reports






Bonita Rogers Miller, of Jacksonville, NC, with a fat speckled trout that bit a Carolina-rigged finger mullet in the New River near downtown Jacksonville.





















Michelle and Melissa Cherry with Michelle’s first dolphin, a cow that bit a ballyhoo behind a black/red chugger 35 miles off Topsail Inlet while they were fishing with Tim Powell on the “Timtation.”


Jackson Wright (age 8) holds an 8.2 lb. sheepshead that bit a live finger mullet near some inshore structure at Surf City. Weighed in at East Coast Sports.

D.J., of East Coast Sports, reports that there’s been an excellent speckled trout bite in the New River in recent days, and anglers are fooling the fish on topwater plugs, suspending hard baits like MirrOlure MR17’s, soft plastics, and live baits.
Red and black drum are feeding along the ICW, on the flats, and around structure like docks. Anglers can tempt the reds to bite live baits or a variety of artificials, with shrimp and fiddler crabs as top choices for the black drum.
Flounder fishing inshore has also been excellent lately, with good numbers of fish coming from inshore structure and the creeks.
The flounder bite has been solid in the ocean as well, where the fish are feeding around nearshore rocks, ledges, and artificial reefs. Live baits will work in the ocean, but Gulp baits pinned to bucktail jigs can be even more effective.
Spanish mackerel and bluefish are feeding just off the beachfront, and anglers are hooking both while working casting lures from the piers and trolling Clarkspoons and other shiny offerings from boats.
Not many reports have come in from offshore lately, but there is still a decent dolphin bite for boats making the run to the Gulf Stream.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny