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March 11, 2018

The Harry Frogfish - Strange Fish

National Geographic Kids

The hairy frogfish is a type of fish that’s covered in spines. These spines, which resemble strands of hair, allow the marine animal to camouflage itself against coral and seaweed. Found mostly in warm waters around the world, the hairy frogfish can also change its color to blend in with its surroundings. 

These animals may be excellent at hiding in plain sight. However they do something that really makes them stand out from a lot of other sea creatures. The fish—which usually grow about four inches long—don’t swim. Instead they walk on their wide fins along the seafloor as they look for snacks to eat.

When it comes to meals, hairy frogfish aren’t too picky. They chow down crustaceans and other fish such as flounder. These guys sometimes sneak up on their prey. But other times they make their prey come to them. Hairy frogfish have a special extra-long spine on their dorsal fins that looks like a worm. By waving this bait back and forth in front of their mouths, they can lure a target within striking distance. Talk about being put in a hairy situation! 

Text by Andrea Silen, NGS Staff

March 7, 2018


Release: Immediate - Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: March 7, 2018 Phone: 252-726-7021

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee to meet

MOREHEAD CITY – The Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. March 21
 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington regional office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

The committee is meeting to continue assisting the Division of Marine Fisheries with development of Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. Agenda items include a presentation reviewing data sources considered for the southern flounder stock assessment.

A full meeting agenda can be found here.

For more information, contact Mike Loeffler at Michael.Loeffler@ncdenr.gov or 252-264-3911 or Anne Markwith atAnne.Markwith@ncdenr.gov or 910-796-7292.

1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699

Patricia Smith
Public Information Officer
Division of Marine Fisheries
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
252 808 8025    office
252 342 0642    mobile

New Weekly Spotlight: Peter Miller
Peter Miller: Hero on the Water
Classic cars, top of the line boats, and Italian suits might make you think of some Hollywood actor. Even though he could be, he has chosen to spend his time pursuing his true passion. His name is Peter Miller, and he has shown the world that he is one of the hardest working and most talented fisherman out there.

Peter and his son, Niles, at the Emmies
After graduating from the University of Miami, Peter set off to found the “Get Lit” fishing team. With Peter’s determination and leadership, they went on to win over 120 fishing tournaments, including the World Sailfish Championships. Three times.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Peter set off to found the “Get Lit” fishing team. With Peter’s determination and leadership, they went on to win over 120 fishing tournaments, including the World Sailfish Championships. Three times.

The three time world champ gained credibility and respect from anyone and everyone in the fishing industry. But it wasn’t good enough for Peter. He set off to start “Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller”, and turned it into one of the most successful shows on TV.
Click Here to Watch on WayPoint TV

Click HERE to watch Peter help his new buddy, Wyatt, slay the Sailfish on an episode of Bass2Billfish with Peter Miller.Hope you enjoy "Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller."

Till next time....
Tight lines!

February 5, 2018

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Feb. 14-15


N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Feb. 14-15 in Wrightsville Beach

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Feb. 14-15 at the Blockade Runner, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 and 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15
A public comment period will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 14. Members of the public may speak to the commission on any fisheries-related topic. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three minutes. No other public comment period is slated for this meeting.
The deadline for submitting written comments to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office, is Feb. 9. Those who wish to forego this process and give handouts to the commission during the public comment period should bring at least 12 copies of the handout.
The meeting agenda includes:
  • Voting on committee recommended changes to eligibility requirements for commercial fishing licenses (any changes will require legislative approval);
  • A report on a Southeast Regional Southern Flounder Stock Assessment;
  • A presentation on potential solutions to address shellfish lease conflicts; and
  • An update on analysis and recommendations for the striped mullet fishery.
A meeting agenda and briefing book materials can be found here.
The public may listen to the meeting on the Internet. Up to 200 participants may listen to audio and view presentations in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. Directions for participating in the webcast, including information on system requirements and testing, can be found here. Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.
For more information, contact Nancy Fish in the Marine Fisheries Commission office at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699

Till next time....
Tight Lines!

February 3, 2018

State certifies new state record red grouper

Caught by Robert L. Dean off Carolina Beach
35 pounds 11 ounces

Breece Gahl with Gag

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record red grouper.

Robert L. Dean of Creedmoor reeled in the 35-pound, 11-ounce fish June 10 while fishing on the Cheerio Lady charter boat in the Atlantic Ocean 43 miles off Carolina Beach.

The fish measured 37 inches total length (from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and had a girth of 37 inches.

The former state record for red grouper was 33 pounds, 8 ounces. It was caught off the coast of Atlantic Beach in 2007. The world all-tackle record for red grouper is 42 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla. in 1997.

Dean caught his fish using cigar minnows and squid for bait on 80-pound line test with a custom rod and Penn 3/0 reel.

February 2, 2018

January 27, 2018

Smashing the Permit With Capt Jeff Malone at Hawks Cay S13:E3 — Saltwater Experience Fishing Blog

Saltwater Experience Fishing Blog

Click on the link below to go to the Saltwater Experience Blog

Smashing the Permit With Capt Jeff Malone at Hawks Cay S13:E3 — Saltwater Experience Fishing Blog


In my last post I described our relationship with a hard working guide on the docks of Hawks Cay Resort named Capt Jeff Malone.  We filmed a great episode on Baby Tarpon with Jeff directly after Hurricane Irma passed over the Florida Keys and he is back in our 3rd episode of our 13th season.  To say that he is back for another show is not exactly correct.  I guess it would be more accurate to say that he never left.
We met Jeff with our film entourage at the marker outside of Safety Harbor.  From there, Jeff took us to a place to catch bait and baby tarpon.  Soon, we had caught both and were at the Long Key Bridge catching a few more Tarpon, Yellow Jacks and Giant Jack Crevalle. (See that episode by clicking here)
Sometimes (rarely), filming a show is just this easy.  The weather is nice, the bait plentiful and lots of the species that we are after are hungry and ready to play ball.  We had this show wrapped up before noon and still had alot of time to work on another.
First permit after Irma.  These fish also are survivors.  Healthy and happy as the water clears

Since we had already caught our tarpon, it seemed like a good idea to look for bonefish and permit and try to wrap up a slam. 
A quick run back to Hawks Cay and Jeff had us casting to Permit quickly.  It was not long before we had all caught one.  The tide was right for a bonefish spot nearby so we moved and got ready to try to chum a bonefish in to complete the slam right in front of the Hawks Cay Resort.
Jeff hooked something immediately and we expected it to be a bonefish.  We were all a little surprised when yet another permit came to the boat.  Soon, I also caught another after battling a Lemon Shark.  Now, 5 permit and a bunch of tarpon, 2 shows were complete.  The sun started getting a little lower and it was time to head back to the dock. 
The show turned out to be incredible and I truly enjoyed spending time with Jeff on the boat.  Catching a few fish was nice too.
Check out this episode by clicking here. 
I highly suggest fishing with Capt Jeff Malone, make contact with him through phone, email or social media:
Capt. Jeff Malone
or follow him on Instagram at Tarpon_Time
Permit release in front of Hawks Cay ResortThe permit is and always will be my favorite fish.  We just get along well
Hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks to Capt Jeff Malone and http://www.tarpontime.com/ Check out this website. It's a great site!
Till next time....
Tight lines!

January 23, 2018

Want to catch more fish more often in 2018?

Fisherman's Post Website Click Here

This year's Fisherman's Post "Hands On" Saltwater Fishing Schools are staffed by more than 40 local captains who will share their experience and insights on inshore, nearshore, surf, offshore, and blue water fishing. They'll cover a range of topics that includes techniques, equipment, strategy, locations, terminal tackle, electronics, bait, etc.

The captains selected for the Saltwater Fishing Schools are specialists in their field, and their backyard waters include Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Sneads Ferry, Topsail, Swansboro, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle, Cape Lookout, Morehead City, Pamlico, Neuse, and The Outer Banks.

There will be main seminars and several rigging stations going on concurrently all day long, so you will always be able to find a session that most interests you.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 
Coastline Convention Center
7:30 am-5:00 pm

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Coastline Convention Center 
7:30 am-1:30 pm
Special pricing for Youth anglers

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Crystal Coast Civic Center 
7:30 am-5:00 pm

Please visit each school's webpage for a list of captains, topics, prices, and information on ordering tickets.

Check these schools out!

Till next time....
Tight lines,

January 21, 2018

Wildlife Commission Offers Free Fishing Programs in Fayetteville

Wildlife Commissiomn Free Fishing Programs in Fayetteville 
Here are a few program presentations that are scheduled. 
Fly-tying Forum- Jan. 2018
Introduction to Kayak Fishing (Kayak Safety & Rigging) Jan. 2018
Fly-fishing Clinic -February 3rd, 2018
Beginning Fly-tying Course- Feb. 2018

Till next time....
Tight lines!


Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Greenville NC Convention Center

Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
This premier event will include seminars from top saltwater and freshwater fishing guides from all parts of North Carolina as well as hunting guides from across the country. The event will feature over 100 outdoor sports vendors with the latest in hunting and fishing products.


Adults – Daily – $12.00 (Good the whole weekend)
Seniors 65+ – Military w/ID – $6.00 (Sunday Only)
Children 10 and under – FREE

Click Here for the Exhibitors 2018

Till next time....
Tight lines!

DMF issued the proclamation on Jan. 5 due to widespread cold stun events.

Read the official proclamation HERE.

Inland Waters Closed to Spotted Seatrout Harvest

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 8, 2018) – Recreational harvest of spotted seatrout in inland waters under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed by rule following a proclamation from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) that closed all coastal and joint waters to spotted seatrout harvest.

DMF issued the proclamation on Jan. 5 due to widespread cold stun events. The spotted seatrout season will remain closed in all waters until June 15, when it will reopen by proclamation from DMF. Under the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan, if a significant cold stun event occurs, DMF will close all Spotted Seatrout harvest until the spring.

Recreational seasons, size limits and creel limits in inland waters for Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, Red Drum and Gray Trout are the same as those established in the rules of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission or proclamations issued by the DMF director in adjacent joint or coastal fishing waters. The rule referencing Marine Fisheries’ rules for these four saltwater fish species was implemented in 2011 to standardize recreational seasons and size and creel limits for inland, joint and coastal waters.

According to the DMF news release, the agency has confirmed significant Spotted Seatrout cold stun events in six water bodies from Surf City to Manteo. It continues to receive and verify more cold stun reports. Cold stuns are natural events that occur when there is a sudden drop in water temperature or prolonged periods of cold weather that make the fish sluggish or even kill them outright.

For more information on Proclamation FF-1-2018, visit the DMF’s website, or call 800-682-2632; 252-726-7021.

Anglers should continue to report any cold stun events they see in coastal waters. To report a cold stun event or for more information, contact DMF Spotted Seatrout Biologist Steve Poland at 252-808-8159 or Steve.Poland@ncdenr.gov.

Media Contact:
Jodie B. Owen

December 15, 2017

Surf City Ocean Pier, Inc. Nice Page!

Fishing Seasons by Surf City Ocean Pier Click Here.

Here is a cool page on Surf City Pier website. Check it out. Click Here!

Surf City Ocean Pier, Inc.
112 South Shore Drive
P.O. Box 2582
Surf City, NC 28445

(910) 328-3521

Saltwater Experience by Capt. Tom Rowland @ www.saltwaterexperience.com

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St. Croix Mojo Salt series

St. Croix Mojo Salt series blends durability and design consistency for top performance
Park Falls, WI (November 15, 2017) – Florida Keys guide and co-host of Saltwater Experience, Capt. Tom Rowland knows that hosting clients with varying degrees of angling skill is the ultimate testing ground for new products like St. Croix’s Mojo Salt series. After extensive field experience, Rowland grades this lineup of conventional and spinning rods a solid A+.
“Mojo Salt is perfect for the rigorous nature of a guide boat,” Rowland said. “With nine models in the series, Mojo Salt applies to so many techniques, and the wide variety of species I chase.
“They’re the battle axe of saltwater fishing.”

Read all about thes terrific fishing rods including the price at Saltwater Experience website

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