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March 25, 2017

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Topsail Spring Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge

Surf City – Topsail Beach – North Topsail Beach

May 5 – 7, 2017

Topsail fishing report from Fisherman's Post

Topsail fishing report from Fisherman's Post

 Sarah Gagliardo

Read report on Fisherman's Post website. Click Here.

Topsail – March 23, 2017

Brittany, of East Coast Sports, reports that anglers in the surf are catching sea mullet and blow toads on two hook bottom rigs baited with fresh shrimp. The fishing has been better during high tide periods.
A few skates and stingrays are biting shrimp, along with other cut bait. There have been some small black drum landed, with a few keepers mixed in. Towards the inlets, look for red drum to be biting cut bait, such as fresh shrimp .
Bluefish are beginning to show up, and once the water temperature begins to rise, there should be more caught. Cut mullet fished on the bottom is very effective for the blues.
Inshore anglers are reporting black drum and speckled trout. The drum are hanging around man-made structure and oyster beds in the creek areas. Fresh shrimp on simple bottom and Carolina rigs are getting the bites from the black drum.
Red drum are being found in similar areas as the black drum. They will also take fresh shrimp and scented soft plastics this time of year.
Look for more red drum to arrive back in the marsh once the water temperatures being to rise.
Speckled trout fishing has remained good this winter, and the fishing should only improve as spring arrives. Scented soft plastics by Z-Man and Gulp fished on jigheads are great choices for trout right now. MirrOlure MR17’s and 18’s are also accounting for hookups on the trout.
The weather has kept offshore anglers at the dock recently, but once the weather settles, look for some action from the nearshore structure out to the Gulf Stream. Nearshore boaters should see good numbers of black sea bass on the bottom just outside the inlet out to 90’+ of water. The larger fish will likely be found in the deeper areas. In the same areas the bass are being found, anglers should also see some grunts, porgies, and tautogs.
Gulf Stream boaters will find decent wahoo fishing this time of year out towards the break. Blackfin tuna will be scattered in the same areas and out deeper. Skirted ballyhoo and lures will get most of the action form the wahoo and blackfins.

Chadwick, of South End Anglers, reports that speckled trout fishing has been good around some of the creeks west of the ICW. Deeper zones and areas with darker mud bottoms have been holding the majority of fish. Look for the trout to move from the deeper areas up on the flats during warm spells and during the middle portion of the day.
The trout have also been holding around some waterway docks and canals throughout the area. The best docks have been the ones that have deeper water and that are away from heavy current. Once the water warms, look for the fish to become more widespread.
The trout have been falling for a variety of Z-Man plastics, such as Swimming Trout Tricks, PaddlerZ, and MinnowZ. Pro-Cure bait scents and 1/8 oz. Fathom jigheads are working well with the soft plastics. Betts Halo Shad, 1/4 oz., retrieved slowly along the bottom are also accounting for hookups from the trout.
Red and black drum are feeding around oyster beds and waterways docks. The reds have mostly been undersized to lower-slot sized fish. Fresh cut shrimp on Carolina rigs and 3/0 circle hooks have been working best on the drum.
Bluefish are beginning to make their return to the marsh, and so far there has been a decent mix of 3+ lb. fish. They are taking the same offerings as the trout, and red drum are also falling for cut bluefish fished on the bottom.
Jim, of Plan 9 Charters, reports that bluefish have recently made a showing in the inlets, chasing baits intended for trout and red drum. Sea bass are on the reefs and ledges from just offshore on out.
Closer to shore, the sea bass have mostly been short. Larger fish are showing 15+ miles out, and grunts and porgies are being found in the same areas. Nearshore areas have been producing tautog and sheepshead.
False albacore are in the 20 mile range, and they should stay around until the bonito begin to arrive in April.
Mike, of Native Son Guide Service, reports that sight fishing for red drum has been good recently. There have been numbers of fish showing up on the lower end of the slot.
Trout fishing seems to be getting better by the day. The fish are still in their winter patterns, and the fishing should improve this month as we get closer to the full moon.
Atlantic bonito should make their appearance the first week of April, but don’t be surprised if it happens earlier this year. The baitfish migration will dictate their arrival.
Flounder are being found in the 90’ range, and once the water begins to rise, they will move closer to shore.

Robin, of Jolly Roger Pier, reports that blow toads and sea mullet are being caught on two hook bottom rigs baited with shrimp. During the warmer weather there were a few bluefish showing up. There haven’t been any during this recent cold snap, but the fishing will improve once the water temperatures begin to rise.

Vinita, of Surf City Pier, reports that sea mullet, blow toads, small flounder, and a few black drum are being caught. A 2.47 lb. drum was caught over the weekend, and the black drum fishing will continue to improve over the next few weeks.
Fresh shrimp on bottom rigs is working best for the mixed bag of bottom fish.

Frank, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports that anglers are having great success with sea mullet. Some folks are catching 40-50 fish during their outings. Blow toads are also being caught while targeting sea mullet. Fresh cut shrimp on two hook bottom rigs are fooling the fish.
There have also been skates and a few sting rays caught at night.

February 13, 2017

NC Marine Fisheries Commission to hold meeting in Wilmington Feb 15-16, 2017

Email to fishintopsail@gmail.com Carolina TIDELINES - 1/26/17
by CCA NC Cape Fear Chapter

NC Marine Fisheries Commission meets this Wednesday and Thursday at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington Feb 15 - 16, 2017.

The meeting will begin at 12 noon on Wednesday Feb 15 - 16. with the Chairman's and Director's Reports. Public Comment will be heard beginning at 3pm and running until 8:30 Wednesday night. The Thursday business session will resume at 8:30am with the presentation of the NC Wildlife Federation Petition for Rulemaking to designate all coastal fishing waters not already classified as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in the special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season. 

Many of you have received an email from NC CATCH or seen their posts on social media trying to alarm the public that these proposed regulations designed to reduce bycatch in our inshore waters will mean consumers will no longer be able to buy NC caught shrimp. It is disappointing that NC CATCH has chosen to pursue a public fear campaign with the sole purpose of promoting the corporate profits of the shrimp industry over the value of our coastal public trust resources. Telling the public that this Petition will make it impossible for them to purchase NC wild-caught shrimp is a complete lie. In fact, every other state on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts that prohibits shrimp harvest in their inshore waters still maintains a healthy shrimp industry. The NC shrimp industry harvest is 3% of the total harvest of the eight states from NC thru TX and is ranked number 6 among these states in shrimp landings.  Second, the Petition does not seek to close our inshore waters, it seeks limits on trawl times and gear size in an effort to reduce bycatch waste and protect our coastal habitat. The entire Pamlico ecosystem has been damaged by industrial shrimp trawling. What about the fishermen that would benefit from a reduction in the killing of hundreds of millions of juvenile fish every year? Does the profit of a few industrial shrimp trawl owners trump the rest of our NC fishing economy that would benefit from these changes? Not to mention the other 10 million citizens of NC that own our coastal public trust resources?

The CCA NC Cape Fear Chapter will host a meeting room at the Hilton during the MFC meeting on Wednesday for all current and prospective members. All CCA members attending the MFC meeting and stopping by the hospitality room on Wednesday will be eligible to win a full-day guided inshore fishing trip provided by Native Son Guide Service. You must be a current member to win! Please stop by for more information on the fisheries issues facing our state and to connect with other coastal recreational anglers.

The Carolina Conservation Association (http://ccanc.org/) and NCCatch (http://nccatch.org/) are involved in a war of words concerning NC caught shrimp and bycatch.

Click on the above links to check it out.

Till next time....
Tight lines!

December 20, 2016

BFB - Snakeheads

BFB - Links Between Baitfish and Bass

NCMFC Seek Advisers for Blue Crab Committee

Marine Fisheries Commission continues to seeks advisers for blue crab committee

MOREHEAD CITY - The state Marine Fisheries Commission continues to look for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to serve on the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee, and it is reopening the period for submitting applications.
The committee will assist the Division of Marine Fisheries in amending the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan. The commission uses fishery management plans as guides for implementing regulations and other management measures.
Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once a month and participate in the committee process. Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.
For an application, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-advisory-committees, stop by any Division of Marine Fisheries’ office, or call 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. 
Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 20 to C.J. Alley, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

November 21, 2016

Smith, Tricia

Pat McCrory, Governor
Donald R. van der Vaart                   

 Release: Immediate    Contact: Patricia Smith
 Date: Nov. 21, 2016  Phone: 252-726-7021

Chairman to allow public comment on petition that would impact shrimp trawling

MOREHEAD CITY – The chairman of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission said he intends to allow public comment on a petition for rulemaking calling for habitat protections that, if adopted, would impact shrimp trawl fishing in most North Carolina waters.

The petition was submitted Nov. 2 by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, and the commission has 120 days from that date to grant or deny the request.

Chairman Sammy Corbett outlined the petition review procedure at the commission’s business meeting last week.

First, the petition must be deemed complete. Under state law, a person may petition any agency or commission to adopt or change a rule by submitting a written rulemaking petition that contains the proposed text of the requested rule change and a statement of the effect of the requested rule change. Commission rules require additional information.

If the petition is deemed complete, Corbett said he intends to take public comment through the commission’s advisory committees, possibly at a joint advisory committee meeting similar to one held in 2013 on a similar petition.

The commission will then discuss and vote on the petition at its February meeting.

The petition asks the commission to designate all coastal fishing waters (including the ocean out to three miles) not otherwise designated as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season.

Specific requests of the petition include limiting shrimp trawling to three days a week in the daytime only, limiting the total trawl head rope to 90 feet, limiting tow times to 45 minutes, and opening the Pamlico Sound shrimp season based on a count of 60 shrimp per pound, heads on.

In other business, the commission voted to:
·         Send a letter from the full commission endorsing changes in the criteria for receiving a Standard Commercial Fishing License in North Carolina, which is the main license required for a fisherman to commercial fish and sell his catch. Recommended changes include limiting this license to full-time commercial fishermen and creating part-time and heritage commercial fishing licenses for other purposes.
·         Forward the names of Dewey Hemilright, Chris Hickman, Jeff Oden and Brent Fulcher to the Governor’s Office for consideration for nominees to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council obligatory seat.
·         Authorize the issuance of a proclamation to prohibit gill nets within 200 feet of a specific dock in the Martin’s Point area of Currituck Sound to address a user conflict. The commission also authorized further proclamations prohibiting gill nets within 200 feet of docks in a 2 ½-mile area of southern Currituck Sound from Martins Point to Wright Memorial Bridge should other user conflicts occur.
Website: http://www.deq. nc.gov
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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

PO. Box 769
3441 Arendell St.

Morehead City, N.C. 28557

November 10, 2016

BFB - Retrieves Horizontal vs Vertical - Bill Dqnce

Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

Pat McCrory, Governor

Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary

Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 9, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise it on various fisheries issues.

Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – and three standing advisory committees – Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – review matters referred to them by the commission, such as draft fishery management plans, and recommend management strategies. Committees may also bring issues pertaining to their region or subject matter to the commission’s attention.

The Marine Fisheries Commission chairman appoints members to these committees for three-year terms, and several terms will expire in January.

To be qualified to serve on a committee, applicants must not have had a significant fisheries violation within the past three years.

Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once every two months and actively participate in the committee process, which includes reviewing scientific documents and issue papers to make recommendations on management strategies. Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.

Adviser applications are available online here or at Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. Applications should be returned by Dec. 7 to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Nancy Fish.

1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699

November 8, 2016

Wading The Backwaters For Black Drum! - Fresh Shrimp For Bait!

After an unsuccessful morning on the pier, these anglers took it to the creeks! They waded out to reach the "honey-hole" and it seems that one guy was the only one that knew how to catch em! Better luck next time guys!

Very Funny!!! Shocking Fishing Rod And Fisherman Pulled Overboard By Big...

Very Funny!!! Shocking Fishing Rod And Fisherman Pulled Overboard By Big...
Very Funny!!! Shocking Fishing Rod And Fisherman Pulled Overboard By Big Fish - Laugh Out Loud
Laugh Out Loud!!! Shocking Fishing Rod And Fisherman Pulled Overboard By Big Fish - Very Funny
Be sure to check out http://www.youtube.com/realsaltlife for more great videos.

November 4, 2016

Winston-Salem anglers catch 94.8-pound wahoo - Carolina Sportsman News Breaker, NC

Robert Shelton and Steven Trottier were making one last pass near the Big Rock off Cape Lookout when this 94.8-pound wahoo hit their skirted ballyhoo. Great Story. Click the link below to read it on the Carolina Sportsman magazine.

Winston-Salem anglers catch 94.8-pound wahoo - Carolina Sportsman News Breaker, NC

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