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July 3, 2014

Prescription Fishing Sunglasses, Oakley and More

I ran across these sunglasses on the web. They look great and I can't wait to try them. Check these out. I think you will want to try them also.
Thanks,
Johnny aka "Fishin'Topsail"

Prescription Fishing Sunglasses


Prescription Fishing Sunglasses are now available with an updated lens design focused on the specific needs of an angler. The angler specific lens technology provides a larger portion of the reading corridor for near vision, like baiting a hook. The angler progressive lens is a stark contrast to a traditional progressive lens that has a focal distance that gets progressively  closer as you look lower in the lens. A traditional progressive lens design provides a very small portion of the lens near vision. Designing more of the lens to focus on the specific needs of anglers allows for more head movement while keeping near objects in focus.





Fishing Sunglasses with this prescription lens design,
based on recent Free-Form Digital lens technology, recalculates the curve of a lens at every point e lens. This eliminates the peripheral distortion referred to as the “fishbowl effect”. The upper portion of a Free-Form Digital lens provides the sharpest distance vision possible, while the bottom of the lens provides a near-vision portion that is perfect for fishermen.

Prescription Oakley Sunglasses are the first to market with this new lens design. Oakley also offers the largest selection of polarized lens colors designed for a fishing environment. The Oakley Shallow Blue Iridium lens is a polarized bronze lens with an oxide coating to minimize blue light distortions. The Oakley Deep Blue Iridium lens is a polarized grey lens with the same coating. The combination of the fishing-specific prescription lens design and polarized lens colors designed specifically for fishing has made Oakley a top pick for serious anglers.

ADS Sports Eyewear is one of the first Authorized Oakley dealers to focus on the new angler-specific lenses, which are available for any of the Oakley frames you find on the ADS website. The company is optician owned and operated with a knowledgeable staff that uses and understands prescription eyewear for active people and will answer any questions you might have about the new Angler-Specific lenses.

June 20, 2014

Davin King with his first grouper, a gag he
hooked on a dead menhaden at some structure in 100' of water off New
River Inlet. He was fishing with his father and Capt. Tommy Berry of
Zone 8 Charters.




  Davin King with his first grouper, a gag he hooked on a dead menhaden at some structure in 100' of water off New River Inlet. He was fishing with his father and Capt. Tommy Berry of Zone 8 Charters.



http://fishermanspost.com/2014/fishing-reports/topsail-sneads-ferry/topsail-june-19-2014?utm_source=June+19+2014&utm_campaign=June+19%2C+2014&utm_medium=email#



Great Catch Davin! Fish On!\



Till next time....

Tight lines!

Johnny

Fishermans Post Topsail Update June 19, 2014


Gabrielle Pender (age 12), of Rosewood, NC,
with a 6 lb. black drum that struck a sand flea under the Hwy. 172
bridge at Sneads Ferry.


Gabrielle Pender (age 12), of Rosewood, NC, with a 6 lb. black drum that struck a sand flea under the Hwy. 172 bridge at Sneads Ferry. 

http://fishermanspost.com/2014/fishing-reports/topsail-sneads-ferry/topsail-june-19-2014?utm_source=June+19+2014&utm_campaign=June+19%2C+2014&utm_medium=email#



Great job Gabrielle!  Fish on!

Till next time....
Tight lines!


Johnny 

June 17, 2014

Dusty Harrison Red Drum

Dusty Harrison caught this red drum in the surf on last Tuesday morning. He also caught a 24 inch slot red drum on Sunday night. Finger mullet was the bait fished on a drum rig. Dusty also caught a nice sized blue fish!

Great catch Dusty!  Thanks for sharing the picture with us.

 My apologies to Dusty and Christin for taking so long to get this posted. I was sidelined with a migraine for several days.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny





June 12, 2014

Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

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Topsail Fishing Report 6 11 2014

June 9, 2014

Topsail Fishing Report by East Coast Sports May 30, 2014

Topsail Fishing Report 5 30 2014 - YouTube



Capt. Chris Medlin of East Coast Sports, May 30 fishing report. Sorry I was late posting this.
Tight Lines!
Johnny

Thanks Capt. Chris Medlin !

May 31, 2014

6th Annual Children’s Fishing Competition and Celebration at Surf City Pier



Surf City Ocean Pier Inc. 


We will be hosting our 6th Annual Children’s Fishing Competition and Celebration on Friday, July 4, 2014. This event is free and is open to all children under the age of 16 whom are local or visiting our quiet little island. This will expose these youngsters to the excitement of fishing in a fun, educational, and safe family oriented environment.
Our first five years have been such a huge success,that we are now in need of donors and donations for our event. For the past five years, we have had the honor of Pender EMS and the local Volunteer Fire Departments on site to ensure that the children have a fun and safe celebration. We have also been fortunate enough to offer all the children a Fishing Competition and Celebration t-shirt in addition to other fabulous gifts and prizes that have been donated from area businesses, private individuals, and various fishing wholesale distributors. This year looks to be even bigger and better than in years past.
We here at Surf City Ocean Pier, Inc. could use your help with this increasingly successful event. As this event continues to we are looking for both volunteers and sponsors. Monetary donations and/or donations of merchandise are always greatly appreciated. With your contribution to our competition/celebration, children from near and far will have a wonderful fun filled day at Surf City Ocean Pier. Your support will be greatly appreciated with our endeavors of the day that will be ahead of us on July 4, 2014.
There are currently twelve spots available for sponsors who donate $100 or more, to have their name or logo added to the children's t-shirts. Volunteers will also be needed to help supervise, answer questions, cut bait, identify fish and teach fishing basics to our young anglers, as well as help with serving lunches. For some of the children, this will be their very first fishing experience, and we hope to make it a memory that will last a lifetime.
I would like to invite you to come out and celebrate with us and be part of this special day here on the island. If you feel that you are able to help us in our mission, please feel free to contact me via email at pier_witch@yahoo.com or via phone at the Surf City Ocean Pier 910-328-3521.
Sincerely,
Vinita Gass

Surf City Pier Fishing Update

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Billy Barnes with a nice 18 inch 2# flounder.



Surf City Pier Update





Stacie Dziak with a big blue off her king rig.....the ladies are on a roll



Surf City Pier Update

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Ivan with a 3.08 lb Spanish! On a gotcha!








Weekly Fishing Seminar Tuesday 6:30 at East Coast Sports


Weekly seminar with Capt. Wayne and Capt. Lee Parsons. Wayne will be talking Flounder and Lee will be talking sight fishing reds! Tuesday 6:30 at East Coast Sports. www.eastcoastsports.com

May 25, 2014

Squirrel in action!

Ok, I know this is not fishing related. But these little animals amaze me.



CAN YOU SAY DOORMAT !!!!!!!!!!!!

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It was a fun 4 hour trip from last night. We had to dodge thunderstorms, but we got some nice ones.






Thanks for posting this to the FishinTopsail Facebook page.

Tight lines!

May 15, 2014

Spotted Sea Trout Update: The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

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Spotted Sea Trout: The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Size and creel limits for spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum and gray trout taken in joint and coastal waters are the same as the recreational limits for those species in adjacent inland waters.
Possession of spotted sea trout is currently prohibited by Proclamation FF-9-2014. 
The Fisheries Director intends to reopen the recreational fishery June 15, 2014.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny


May 10, 2014

Big Blue Catfish







https://www.facebook.com/ncwildliferesourcescommission?fref=photo



'via Blog this'

Big blue catfish, estimated at ~90 pounds, after it maxed out a 77-pound scale.  Pictured are Fisheries Biologists Katy Potoka (L) and Jeremy McCargo as they hoist the blue cat caught and released near the Gaston boating access area on the Roanoke River 



Another great fish caught and RELEASED! Makes me happy to see people doing this.



Till next time....

Tight lines!




HUMONGUS STRIPER!





North Carolina Fish Reports:



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Roanoke River Record Rockfish

Electrofishing record rockfish, that is. This 59.5-pound#StripedBass (aka, "rockfish") is the largest striped bass that Wildlife Commission fisheries biologists have collected while electrofishing our coastal rivers.

Jeremy McCargo displays the big fish, which was collected, tagged and then released during fish-sampling work on the upper Roanoke River earlier this week on Tuesday (May 6).



Read this on Facebook.



Till next time....

Tight lines!

May 9, 2014

2014 - 2018 North Carolina Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan - Public Input Survey

Check this out. Let your voice be heard!

2014 - 2018 North Carolina Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan - Public Input Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ncscorp_public


SCORP survey





"The State of North Carolina invites you to provide your input to assist with assessing North Carolina's outdoor recreation trends, needs and issues."

"Your responses to this survey will provide the State with a framework to address the need for improved public outdoor recreation over the next five years. Whether you actively participate in outdoor recreation activities or not, your input is crucial for this evaluation. As such, we encourage you to participate and share this survey as you see fit."

"The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential and you may opt out of any questions you prefer not to answer."

"Thanks in advance for your participation."
Till next time....
Tight lines!
Fishin' Topsail


May 4, 2014

Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge | Fishermans Post



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Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge | Fishermans Post

 Click the link above or follow the links below for rules, prizes, and entry forms.


DOWNLOAD PRINT ENTRY FORM:

Click here to print out an entry form (pdf file) for the Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge:

Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge Print Entry Form.

REGISTER ONLINE:

Click here to fill out an online entry form for the Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge:

2014 Topsail Surf Fishing Challenge Online Registration.

DOWNLOAD COMPLETE RULES:

Click here for a printable version (pdf file) of the Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge Rules:

2014 Topsail Island Surf Fishing Challenge Rules.

QUICK FACTS

Four Divisions: Bluefish, Flounder, Black Drum, and Sea Mullet
Entry Fee: $55 per angler before April 21; $65 per angler after April 21 (one entry fee gets you in all four divisions except Red Drum Calcutta)
Red Drum Calcutta: $25 per angler (Red Drum Calcutta is optional–it is offered as another way for tournament participants to win money)
Over $8,000 in cash and prizes (based on 200 entries)
Boundaries: Must fish from a Topsail Island beach.
No boats — No sound or pier fishing.
Four Weigh-in Locations: Surf City Pier, East Coast Sports, Jolly Roger Pier, and Seaview Pier.
Tournament Headquarters: under the big tent in the East Coast Sports parking lot

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Registration: Friday, May 2, from 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm (everyone must stop by Registration/Tournament HQ to receive their tournament wrist band and have the band placed upon their wrist–no exceptions!)
Fish Time Starts: Friday, May 2, 12:00 midnight.
Fish Time Ends: Sunday, May 4, 12:00 noon.
Awards Dinner: Sunday, May 4, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Tournament HQ (under the big tent in the East Coast Sports parking lot)
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, May 2, at 2:00 pm at Tournament HQ (under the big tent in the East Coast Sports parking lot)
Tournament Raffle: immediately following awards

PRIMARY PRIZE PAYOUTS

Bluefish*: 1st–$1000;   2nd–$600;   3rd–$400;   4th–$250;   5th–$100
Flounder*: 1st–$1000;   2nd–$600;   3rd–$400;   4th–$250;   5th–$100
Black Drum*: 1st–$500;   2nd–$300;   3rd–$200;   4th–$100;   5th–$50
Sea Mullet*: 1st–$500;   2nd–$300;   3rd–$200;   4th–$100;   5th–$50
* Primary Prize payouts based on 200 paid entries.

SPECIAL PRIZE PAYOUTS

Junior Angler*: 1st–$50
Lady Angler*: 1st–$50
Senior Angler*: 1st–$50
* Special Prize payouts guaranteed.

RED DRUM CALCUTTA

Red Drum 1st: $850
Red Drum 2nd: $510
Red Drum 3rd: $340
* Red Drum Calcutta payouts based on 80 paid entries.

BENEFICIARY

Cape Fear Community College Marine Technology Club

CONTACT

Max Gaspeny at (910) 409-8379 or surf@fishermanspost.com


Till next time....
Tight lines, 
Johnny

May 3, 2014

Community News - Sneads Ferry

VOLUNTEERS Needed
August 9th & 10th at the
44th Annual Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival
All interested please contact Jennifer Marshburn, at


The Sneads Ferry Community Council is seeking Volunteers to assist in events planned throughout the year.  

The Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival August 9th & 10th
Bingo 
Community Theater
5K Shrimp Scamper
Neighbors helping Neighbors
Community Dinners
Winterfest

Please contact us via email at sfccoffice@centurylink.net for more information. 

Thank you,
Jennifer Marshburn, Chairman
2014  Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival 
August 9th & 10th 2014

May 1, 2014

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission; Leave young wildlife alone.




N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission > News > News Article:

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people to leave young wildlife alone. Human encounters with young animals often increase in the spring, when many species bear young.

Handling, feeding or moving an animal can harm or ultimately kill the animal, and poses a risk for human health and safety. Also, it is illegal to keep native wildlife as a pet in North Carolina.


'via Blog this'




Till next time....

Johnny

April 25, 2014

NCDENR - Proclamation RS-5-2014

Topsail area anglers, This affects you!



NCDENR - Proclamation RS-5-2014

http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamation-rs-5-2014

PROCLAMATION  

RE: RESEARCH SANCTUARY

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 8:00 A.M., Monday, April 28, 2014, the following areas are declared research sanctuaries and ARE CLOSED to all fishing equipment:

I. AREA DESCRIPTIONS
PENDER COUNTY

Virginia Creek Shoal – Topsail Sound – On the ocean side of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Topsail Sound across from the mouth of Virginia CreekAn area consisting of approximately 0.25 acres in size and delineated by four marked pilings with a boundary as shown in the attached map. The locations of the pilings are as follows:
1. 34° 24.4375” N 77° 35.8972” W
2. 34° 24.4332” N 77° 35.8928” W
3. 34° 24.4658” N 77° 35.8400” W
4. 34° 24.4710” N 77° 35.8433” W
Pecan Grove – Topsail Sound – On the inland side of the ICW in Topsail Sound in the Pecan Grove region. An area consisting of approximately 0.25 acres in size and delineated by four marked pilings with a boundary as shown in the attached map. The locations of the pilings are as follows:
1. 34° 23.9745” N 77° 36.8355” W
2. 34° 23.9703” N 77° 36.8303” W
3. 34° 24.0048” N 77° 36.7811” W
4. 34° 24.0090” N 77° 36.7865” W
II. GENERAL INFORMATION:
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103 and 03I .0109.
B. It is unlawful to violate provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.
C. The sanctuaries will be used by the University of North Carolina Wilmington to identify potential interactions of shellfish culture on adjacent sea grass habitat.
D. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 (252) 726-7021 or (800) 682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/.
E. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0109, specifies that these Research Sanctuaries may be in effect for up to one year, subject to renewal at the end of that year.

April 25, 2012

12:30 P.M.

RS-5-2014





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. 
Read the rest of Chris Medlin's fishing report on Fisherman's Post. Click Here.

Tackle Shops and Fishing Reports


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.

Check out our Fishin'Topsail Facebook page. Click here.

 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


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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