April 17, 2014

Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge | Fishermans Post

Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge | Fishermans Post



Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge


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Chris, of East Coast Sports, reports that anglers are catching good numbers of fat pufferfish off Topsail Island’s piers, and some sea mullet are just beginning to join them in anglers’ coolers. Plenty of smaller sharks and skates are in the mix as well. Shrimp and cut baits on double-drop rigs will tempt bites from all the bottom feeders, and the action should improve and anglers should see more mullet as the water temperatures climb over the month. 
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Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny



April 4, 2014

What’s happening with North Carolina’s most-popular saltwater fish? - North Carolina Sportsman



The striped bass fishery in the Albemarle and Roanoke sounds is healthy, despite lower population numbers.


Craig Holt (left)

The striped bass fishery in the Albemarle and Roanoke sounds is healthy, despite lower population numbers.



What’s happening with North Carolina’s most-popular saltwater fish? - North Carolina Sportsman



The prospects for saltwater fish species changed negligibly last year, according to stock-status reports from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
Oddly enough, the anecdotal experiences of coastal residents, guides, captains and visitors often don’t match the information in the 2012 reports, the latest at the Division’s web site. Although some species are listed as “viable”..............  Read the original article on North Carolina Sportsman site.



Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

Carp Attack at Spoon River in West Central Illinois

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JUST AWESOME!  A carp attack at Spoon River in West Central Illinois, USA. 

This may look like fun, but these fish will destroy this river if they are not checked. They are not native to the US and are ravenous, eating everything in their path, and multiplying faster than rabbits.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

Tradewinds Tackle Ocracoke,NC

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The Van Demans continue to find puppy drum along Ocracoke's beach this week. The weather is beautiful and water temp is around 60 degrees. Come wet a line!



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April 3, 2014

Watch and Learn: Effective Fish Hook Removal

I have used this method several times. I used my shoe string. Kept one in my tackle box for a time. It really works, and doesn't hurt as much as the hook stick does. Good information to know.



Watch and Learn: Effective Fish Hook Removal Method [VIDEO]



Watch and Learn: Effective Fish Hook Removal Trick [VIDEO]



Till next time....

Tight lines!

Johnny

Spot bite at Surf City Pier

I was able to get to Surf City Pier for a couple of hours this morning. The bite consisted of sharks, rays, puffers, and spots. I kept enough spots for lunch today. They were not big, but it's been too long since my last seafood fix. Bait used was shrimp and blood worms, (left overs from last Friday, opening day at Surf City Pier.)Fished high tide until about noon. Weather was clear and a bit cool on the pier in the breeze.

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 Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

March 29, 2014

Surf City Ocean Pier - 2014 Opening Day

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Michael Bryant with the first mullet of the season and the winner of the season pass .Congrats to Michael.

Michael Bryant with the first mullet of the season and the winner of the season pass .Congrats to Michael.

Topsail Beach Fishing Reports Video

Topsail Beach Fishing Reports   by    Chris Medlin of East Coast Sports

Click on the link above for current fishing report.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

Topsail March 27, 2014 | Fishermans Post

Topsail March 27, 2014 | Fishermans Post



Richard Walton with a 25" red drum he hooked on a piece of shrimp pinned to a jighead while fishing a Sneads Ferry creek.



Richard Walton with a 25″ red drum he hooked on a piece of shrimp pinned to a jighead while fishing a Sneads Ferry creek.



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Topsail March 27, 2014 | Fishermans Post

Topsail March 27, 2014 | Fishermans Post

Benny Trujillo, of Houston, TX, and Rey Cirino, of Ft. Bragg, NC, with a pair of red drum they hooked in some shallow water off the New River while fishing with Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures. The reds fell for TTF Killer Falts Minnow soft plastics scented with Pro-Cure.





Benny Trujillo, of Houston, TX, and Rey Cirino, of Ft. Bragg, NC, with a pair of red drum they hooked in some shallow water off the New River while fishing with Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures. The reds fell for TTF Killer Falts Minnow soft plastics scented with Pro-Cure.



Till next time....

Tight lines!

Johnny


March 28, 2014

Gator Speckled Trout!

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WOW!  Monster speck!





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Tight lines!

Johnny

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Surf City Ocean Pier Opening Today

Surf City Fishing Pier Opening Today

Today was the 2014 opening day at Surf City Fishing Pier. The gates opened at 6am. Unfortunately, I didn't arrive until after 8am.  But the first sea mullet had not been caught. I was there in search of the season bottom fishing pass sea mullet. There were a few skates, rays, and several puffers pulled over the rail. But as I left the pier at about noon, the elusive sea mullet was still in the water. I will be back in the morning trying again. The weather was beautiful and warm, perfect day for fishing. There were many anglers chasing the prize. All were having a great time, even with fishing not as good as I had hoped. The water is still in the mid 50's so needs to warm up a bit to pull the fish in. The Surf City Pier Grill (click here for menu) hasn't opened, so that tasty "pier hot dog" will have to wait. (PS best hot dogs ever!)

All in all, it was a great day on the pier. If you can make it to the coast, see you there! The free 2014 season fishing pass may still be available.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny
aka "FishinTopsail"
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March 26, 2014

2014 NORTH CAROLINA RECREATIONAL COASTAL WATERS GUIDE FOR SPORTS FISHERMEN — March Version

2014 NORTH CAROLINA RECREATIONAL COASTAL WATERS GUIDE FOR SPORTS FISHERMEN — March Version



State Coastal Waters 
(Internal and 0-3 Miles)
Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ
(3-200 miles)
Finfish Species
(note symbols, pg.2)
Minimum LengthBag Limits(Per Person)Minimum LengthBag Limits(Per Person)
Alewife and
blueback herring
NoneUNLAWFUL TO POSSESSNoneUNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
Amberjackgreater28" FL1/Day28" FL1/Day
Bassstriped
See striped bass details
(A)(A)UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
BluefishNone15/Day
Only 5 greater than 24" TL
None
15/Day
Cobia33" FL2/Day33" FL2/Day
Dolphin (B)None10/DayNone10/Day
Drum, black14"-25" TL (C)10/Day14"-25" TL (C)10/Day
Drumred 
(Channel Bass,
Puppy Drum) 
18-27" TL (C)1/DayUNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
Eel, American (Q)9" TL25/Day9" TL25/Day
Flounder 
GulfSouthern, Summer 
15" TL6/Day15" TL6/Day
Grouper (HIJK)UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS SHALLOW WATER GROUPER 
JAN. 1 THROUGH APRIL 30
UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS SHALLOW WATER GROUPER 
JAN. 1 THROUGH APRIL 30
Grouper; Red, scamp, yellowfin, yellowmouth and tilefish (no size limit on tilefish)20" TL3/Day (all grouper combined; includes tilefish and no more than 1 black or gag grouper, individual or combined) (J) & (K)20" TL3/Day (all grouper combined; includes,  tilefish and no more than 1 black or gag grouper, individual or combined) (J) & (K)
Grouperblack and gag24" TL1/Day (See above)24" TL1/Day
(See above)
Grouper, snowyNone1/Vessel/DayNone1/Vessel/Day
Hogfish(Hog snapper)12" FL5/Day 12" FL 
Mackerelking (I)
Species Identification
24" FL3/Day24" FL3/Day
MackerelSpanish (I)
Species Identification
12" FL15/Day12" FL15/Day
Marlinblue (G)99" LJFL1/vessel/trip either Blue or White Marlin99" LJFL 
State rules apply when landing
Marlinwhite (G)66" LJFL1/vessel/trip either Blue or White Marlin66" LJFL
Mullet
(Striped and White)
None200/Day
(species combined)
None 
Porgyred
(Silver snapper, pinky)
14" TL3/Day14" TL3/Day
Reef Complex SpeciesIncludes  spadefish,gray triggerfishwhite grunt, knobbed porgy and more (see notes Hand I) 20/Day 20/Day
Sailfish (G)63" LJFL1/Day63" LJFL 
Scup(North of Cape Hatteras) (D)(D)(D)(D)(D)
Seatroutspotted (speckled)UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS  
Sea bassblack
(North of Cape Hatteras) (D)
12 1/2" TL and 20/day 
12 1/2" TL and 20/day
Sea bass, black
(South of Cape Hatteras)
13" TL5/Day13" TL5/Day
Shad, American (O)None(O)UNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
Shad, hickory (O)None10/DayNone10/Day
Sharks (EIL)
(excluding spiny dogfish)
(EIL)1/Vessel/Day(E, L)1/Vessel/Day
Sharks, Atlantic sharpnose, smooth dogfish and bonnethead (E)None(E)None(E)
Snappers;Dog, gray, cubera, mahogany, queen, yellowtail, silk and blackfin 12" TL10/Day
(Species combined)
12" TL10/Day
(Species combined)
Snappers, mutton16" TLSee Above16" TLSee Above
Snappers; Lane8" TLSee Above8" TLSee Above
Snapper, redUNLAWFUL TO POSSESSUNLAWFUL TO POSSESS
Snappervermilion (J)12" TL5/Day12" TL5/Day
TarponNone1/DayNone1/Day
Tuna (I)bluefin (G),yellowfin and bigeyeYellowfin 27" CFL
Bigeye 27" CFL
Bigeye and Yellowfin 3 per dayBigeye and Yellowfin tuna
27" CFL
Yellowfin Tuna
3 per day
WahooNone2/DayNone2/Day
Weakfish
(gray trout)
12" TL
1/Day
see FF-54-2010
12" TLState rules apply when landing
Wreckfish (P)None1/vessel/dayNone1/vessel/day
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

Topsail Island, A Short History

Local folklore claims the name, Topsail (pronounced Tops’ul), dates back to the 1700s when pirate ships roamed the coastal waters. The pirates hid their ships in the channels behind the island and waited to plunder passing merchant ships loaded with goods. Eventually the merchants became aware of this hiding place and began to watch for the tops of the pirates' sails peeking above the oak trees on the island — hence the name Topsail Island.

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