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August 17, 2017

Topsail – August 17, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Topsail – August 17, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Jack Sherman, of Roanoke, VA, with a 7 lb. 4 oz. sheepshead that fell for a live fiddler crab behind Topsail Island.

Till next time....

Tight lines!


Topsail – August 17, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Topsail – August 17, 2017 | Fisherman's Post

Jack Sherman, of Roanoke, VA, with a 7 lb. 4 oz. sheepshead that fell for a live fiddler crab behind Topsail Island.

Till next time....

Tight lines!


July 17, 2017

June 23, 2017

Fisherman's Post Topsail/ Sneads Ferry – June 22, 2017

Topsail/ Sneads Ferry – June 22, 2017

Garrison, of Surf City Pier, reports that bottom fishermen have been connecting with a nice mix of fish, with spots, sea mullet, red drum, and black drum all taking a variety of natural baits. Bluefish and spanish have been biting in the mornings on Gotcha plugs and diamond jigs.

Austin, of East Coast Sports, reports that bluefish, sea mullet, and red and black drum are all showing up in good numbers along the surf. They are taking a variety of natural baits fished on the bottom. Sand fleas, bloodworms, Fish Bites, shrimp, and fiddler crabs are all working; however, the red drum and bluefish are taking more of an interest in cut mullet and menhaden on fish finder rigs. There has also been a very nice run of summer spots so far this season. Bloodworms and Fish Bites are getting most of the spot bites.
When the water is calm and clear, anglers are connecting with spanish mackerel while fishing towards the inlets. The occasional bluefish is also biting around the same areas, with most action coming while casting around high tide. Diamond jigs and Gotcha plugs have been the bait of choice.
Black drum and sheepshead have been biting well around inshore bulkheads and pilings on shrimp and fiddler crabs. Red drum and flounder are showing up in the canals and marshes, and they’re taking live minnows, Gulp shrimp, and topwater plugs.
Schoolie-sized king mackerel are being caught in good numbers in the 8-10 mile range. Blue Water Candy dead bait rigs with cigar minnows and live menhaden are how most are targeting the kings, with planer and downrigger baits getting most of the bites.
Grouper, sea bass, beeliners, and pink and silver snapper have been plentiful on the bottom inside of the break. BWC Roscoe jigs tipped with squid are getting the bites.
Bailer mahi have been biting at 25 miles on skirted ballyhoo.

Chadwick, of South End Anglers, reports that red drum fishing has really picked up this past week. The fish have been interested in a variety of topwater baits from MirrOlure and Rapala, and the smaller versions have been working the best. Popping corks have been effective with Z-Man EZ Shrimp, and the best action with corks has been on windy days.
The reds are also biting live and cut menhaden fished on circle hooks around oyster points and waterway docks. There has also been an increase in flounder activity in the same areas using live finger mullet on Carolina rigs.
Flounder fishing has picked up throughout the area on both the nearshore structure and throughout the marsh. Nearshore live bottom, ledges, and ARs are all holding fish. Inshore, the flounder are using creek mouths, docks, and bottom contours in the deeper channels to feed.
Spanish fishing has been decent around New Topsail Inlet when the weather allows. The fish haven’t been very widespread, but rather they are concentrated in a few schools. Spoons and planers trolled down tidelines and around bird activity has worked best.
ARs in the 8-20 mile range have plenty of amberjacks on them. Live bait and high speed jig fishing is getting most of the action. Bottom fishing with jigs and squid is producing sea bass, grunts, porgies, and the occasional gag.

June 17, 2017

Top stories from Carolina Sportsman Magazine

Top stories from Carolina Sportsman

Carolina Sportsman
Top News
June, 2017
There's always something happening in the outdoors, and CarolinaSportsman.com allows you to keep up with news as it happens. Here are the top stories from the past two weeks, so click the links and get caught up.

Fuel accidentally pumped into rod holder leads to explosion

Three people were injured when a boat exploded last week in North Carolina after 28 gallons of fuel were inadvertently pumped into a fishing rod holder instead of the gas tank, according to media reports.

South Carolina's new flounder laws take effect July 1

For the rest of this month, anglers fishing for flounder in South Carolina’s waters can continue following the current regulations which allow them to take 15 flounder per day, all of which must be at least 14 inches long. But on July 1, the new regulations will lessen their daily catch limit to 10 flounder, all of which must be at least 15 inches in length.

How many deer can South Carolina hunters legally kill under new law?

The 2017 South Carolina deer hunting season is going to be much different than past seasons for hunters in the Palmetto State. One of the biggest changes we will see is that every single deer killed in South Carolina will have to be tagged. While this has been common practice in most states for decades, it’s not been the case in South Carolina.

Youth angler catches 5-pound brown trout in Ashe County

This time of year, it’s common to let our attention go to the beaches of the Carolinas for fishing offshore, nearshore, and inshore. The fishing is great for many different species along the coast, but we shouldn’t overlook the trout fishing that we have in the western part of both states.

Morehead City boat catches $467,500 prize at Big Rock Tournament

Run-Off ran off with $467,500 Monday when the Morehead City-based charter boat landed a 533.8-pounder to grab the inaugural lead of the 59th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Bill Dance Fishing- Props, stainless vs aluminum...

June 16, 2017


Recreational Fishing Alliance
Summer 2017 Making Waves Newsletter

The latest edition of   RFA's Making Waves offers plenty for anglers and business owners
 to digest. 
This issue is packed with important reading material so set the newsletter to full screen size and spend some time with it.  You'll be glad you did.  

From Donofrio's editorial column to features on the current Cobia debacle, more on Red Snapper, the New England haddock season, and more, you'll get information you can't find anywhere else.  Among the way you'll be introduced to the newest member of the RFA Board of Directors, Martin Peters from Yamaha Marine Group, and the amazing art of Savio Mizzi -artist, angler and RFA supporter.  

Click here to read the latest RFA newsletter, and be sure to learn what's new with RFA newsletter supporters like Viking Yachts, Contender Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Regulator, Interlux Paints, Bimini Bay Outfitters, Electra-Mate Fishing Reels & Electric Fishing Reel Systems, Salt Life Sport Optics, Hi-Seas and AFW fishing lines, HMY Yachts, Yo-Zuri, Floscan, Ocean Max, Maxel reels, and Amera Trailers.  

Till next time....
Tight lines!

June 12, 2017

Carolina Fishing TV - Season2/12 - Topsail Island Redfish

Captain Rennie Clark of Tournament Trail Charters along with Captain Jeff Cronk as they chase Redfish in the shallow waters around Topsail Island and Sneads Ferry. Great action and techniques!

May 11, 2017

Fisherman's Post Carolina's Saltwater Newspaper May 11, 2017 Fishing Reports

Fisherman's Post
Carolina's Saltwater NewspaperMay 11, 2017
Fishing Reports May 11, 2017 

Read this report on the Fisherman's Post website, CLICK HERE
Austin, of East Coast Sports, reports that surf fishing has picked up over the past week. Anglers are reporting catches of sea mullet while fishing on the bottom with fresh shrimp. High tide and low light periods have produced the best catches. A few black drum are also showing up with the mullet.
Bluefish are biting cut mullet fished on the bottom with both fish finder and Sea Striker bluefish rigs. The majority of the fish have been school size in the 2 lb. range. There are still a few choppers around, but the majority have moved on. Casting metal jigs from the shore is producing a few blues, especially while fishing towards the south end of the island.
Red drum are in good numbers back in the marsh, and then on flats during high tides. The fish are taking a variety of artificials, and Gulp shrimp and jerk shads on 3/8 oz. Blue Water Candy jigheads have been working well. Rapala Skitterwalks and Super Spooks are getting bites while fished along grass shorelines.
The reds are readily taking live mud minnows and cut bait fished along the bottom with Carolina rigs. Docks and oyster bars are holding good numbers of fish.
Flounder fishing has picked up considerably over the past couple days. Gulp jerk shads and live mud minnows are both producing fish.
Speckled trout fishing has been up and down lately. The most consistent fishing has been with the smaller versions of Super Spooks and Skitterwalks. Early morning hours have been the most productive time to target trout, and this pattern will continue throughout the summer months.
Black drum and a few sheepshead are being found around bridges and deeper waterway docks. Fresh shrimp is needed for the black drum, and fiddler crabs and urchins are getting the sheepshead to bite.
Nearshore boaters are reporting good catches of king mackerel while trolling cigar minnows on dead bait rigs and Yo-Zuri plugs. Spanish are beginning to show up, and the best action has been with both Clarkspoons behind #1 and #2 planers and the small size Yo-Zuri deep diving plugs.
Gag grouper are biting well starting in the 10 mile range, along with sea bass and a few grunts. Cobia are showing up, and most of the fish have been spotted holding near pods of menhaden. Cut bait and Bowed-Up cobia jigs are getting bites.
Gulf Stream boaters are reporting catches of mahi and wahoo. The majority of catches are coming on skirted ballyhoo and assorted lures, and look for the mahi action to get better in the next few weeks.
Chadwick, of South End Anglers, reports that red drum fishing along the marsh has picked up considerably over the past week. The reds are patrolling flats during high tide and otherwise cruising grass shorelines in search of baitfish. MirrOlure Poppa Mullet and Z-Man jerk shads are getting these fish to bite. Oyster bars and docks are holding good numbers of fish on both sides of the tide. Most of the bites are coming on fresh cut menhaden and live mud minnows.
Flounder are beginning to show up in better numbers, as they’re holding near the inlet and some of the creek mouths. Z-Man MinnowZ on 1/4 oz. Fathom jigheads and live mud minnows on Carolina rigs are getting the flatfish to bite.
Spanish mackerel have shown up in good numbers around the inlet and along nearshore wrecks. Trolling with Yo-Zuri plugs and Clarkspoons behind planers have accounted for most of the action. Surface feeding fish have been present during the evening on an outgoing tide near the inlet.
Bottom fishing in the 5-15 mile range has been decent, with grouper, sea bass, and porgies in the mix. Squid baits and metal jigs are how most fish are being caught.
School-sized king mackerel are falling for Rapala deep diving plugs in the same range.

Jim, of Plan 9 Charters, reports that king mackerel, spanish, bonito, and bluefish have all been biting. They’ve all been mixed in the 3-7 mile range. Large Yo-Zuri deep divers and oversized Clarkspoons pulled behind #1 and #2 planers are fooling these fish. The spanish and bluefish were preferring smaller-sized spoons. Most of the kings were “snakes” (up to 32”). There were, however, some  nice-sized kings being caught, too.

Mike, of Native Son Guide Service, reports that larger spanish have shown up. Pulling #1 and #2 planers and assorted colors of Clarkspoons has been the best for the spanish. King mackerel have migrated closer to shore, but the weather has limited the days to get out there. Dead cigar minnows on Blue Water Candy dead bait rigs around live bottom has been effective. Drone spoons and planers have proved successful while trying to cover more water.
Cobia are in the area, so keep a large bucktail or jerk shad handy while fishing nearshore.
The trout bite has slowed down, but early morning or late evening is producing nice fish. There hasn’t been big numbers, but the quality has been great. The red drum bite has also slowed a little, but look for the fishing to pick up once the mullet migrate back into the sound.
Elizabeth, of Jolly Roger Pier, reports that a few spanish are being caught on Gotcha plugs, and there are also good numbers of school-sized bluefish eating plugs. The bite will improve as the water clears back up.
Bottom fishermen are seeing catches of sea mullet and croakers, mostly after sunset and during high tide. Fresh shrimp on the bottom has been the ticket.

Terry, of Surf City Pier, reports that black drum and sea mullet are being caught on the bottom on both fresh shrimp and Fishbites. Bluefish in the 1-3 lb. range are being caught on plugs throughout the day. Spanish are beginning to show up, and there have been some bigger fish landed already.

Tyler, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports that black drum and sea mullet are biting. Fresh shrimp and Fishbites are getting most of the action from the bottom fish. Plug casters are seeing decent catches of bluefish and the occasional spanish.

Bill Dance Fishing - Missing on Hard Plugs

May 6, 2017

RFA is Encouraging Its Members to Take Action on E15!

Recreational Fishing Alliance  
Contact:  Jim Donofrio / 888-564-6732  

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2017

RFA is Encouraging Its Members to Take Action on E15!

RFA is asking all fishermen that fish on a boat with an outboard engine to participate in the Action Alert being circulated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).  Please read the alert from NMMA below and take action by clicking the link provided. 

We need your help TODAY!  Let your Senator know that adding more E15 in the marketplace is unacceptable for the 12 million boats and millions of other off-road engine equipment in the marketplace. 
A deal is being pushed in the Senate that would overturn a rule on methane emissions in exchange for the ability to push more E15 into your gas pumps nationwide. This backroom deal by pro-corn Senators, would put millions of boaters at risk. We know that E15 is destructive to marine engines and the 97% of boaters who fill up at gas stations. With more E15 in the fuel supply, the risk of misfueling your marine equipment increases and the ability to find ethanol free fuel will diminish. Politicians should not be gambling on recreational boating and putting more consumers at risk. 

It's time to tell Congress no more E15, and once and for all, fix the broken Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Let your Senator and Representative know that boaters and the boating industry won't stand for more E15 and want the RFS fixed now. 

Click here to take action now, and urge your Senator to say NO more E15.


About Recreational Fishing Alliance
The Recreational Fishing Alliance is a national, grassroots political action organization representing recreational fishermen and the recreational fishing industry on marine fisheries issues.
The RFA Mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our Nation's saltwater fisheries. For more information, call 888-JOIN-RFA or visit www.joinrfa.org

May 4, 2017

New bluefish release category added to N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament

Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 4, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

New bluefish release category added to N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament

MOREHEAD CITY – Anglers can soon be recognized for releasing large bluefish.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Saltwater Fishing Tournament, known commonly as the Citation Program, will add a bluefish release category beginning May 15. Anglers can receive a citation (certificate) for the release of a bluefish that measures 34 inches or longer.

Currently, citations are given only to anglers who catch and keep a bluefish that weighs at least 15 pounds.

The new release category brings the total number of release species in the program to 20. The release category is meant to encourage anglers to practice catch and release.

The Saltwater Fishing Tournament recognizes exceptional catches of North Carolina’s most popular sport fish.
The tournament runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year and is open to any angler, except those who captain or work on a for-hire vessel or those who sell their fish.

To qualify for a citation, the fish must be caught on hook and line, landed without the use of electric or hydraulic equipment and meet the program size requirements. Landed fish must be weighed at an official weigh station and then recorded on an official application form. For released fish, the angler or mate must touch the fish or the leader, measure the fish and release it, then the angler and a witness must fill out and sign an application at an official weigh station.
Click here for more information on the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament.


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Patricia Smith
Public Information Officer
Division of Marine Fisheries

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