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February 5, 2018

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


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

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!
Johnny

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




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

http://www.tarpontime.com/

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
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
1.305-776-1485
or follow him on Instagram at Tarpon_Time
PERMIT RELEASE IN FRONT OF HAWKS CAY RESORT
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!
Johnny

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,
Johnny

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!
Johnny

CAROLINA OUTDOOR EXPO JANUARY 26, 27, 28, 2018


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.

Admission

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!
Johnny



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
919-707-0187

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

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Battle Axe For Saltwater Fishing
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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

Giant 81 lb Wahoo Caught on the east side of Cape Lookout

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Anderson and Curt Winbourne with a wahoo that topped the scales at 81 lbs. The fish was caught on 20 lb. test line and light tackle king mackerel gear. They were live bait fishing on the east side of Cape Lookout.



Till next time....
Tight lines
Johnny

Fisherman's Post Fishing Report Topsail – December 14, 2017

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View this report on the Fisherman's Post, CLICK HERE.
Vinita, of Surf City Pier, reports that anglers have been catching a number of large mullet. The biggest fish have been coming in off live shrimp, while the rest are going for Fishbites. The trout and bluefish bite have both been impressive, though the fish have generally been small.
Joe, of Seaview Fishing Pier, reports a strong presence of mullet, trout, black drum, and bluefish. Anglers are using live shrimp and dead shrimp on jig heads to pull in most of the fish. Winter anglers can expect to find puffers and even more mullet deep into the colder months.
Chadwick, of South End Anglers, reports that trout are continuing to bite in great numbers, with MR18s, Trout Tricks, and Fathom Inshore jigs providing the most action. Boat basins, bridges, and creeks are where most of the fish are congregating, with a few coming from area inlets.
Bluefish are biting both inshore and off the beach, while a few flounder have been pulled in with Z-Man soft plastics on jig heads. Both red and black drum are still going strong, biting jigs and both live and dead shrimp. You’ll find the drum around oyster rocks, docks, and bridges.
Bottom fishing has been productive in the 3-10 mile range, with good catches of sea bass, grunts, and grouper coming in on metal jigs and squid. Just about any nearshore AR, ledge, or live bottom area should produce fish.
Over the winter months, expect the speck bite to stay strong as long as the water temperature stays above 50 degrees. Areas along the mainland that have dark mud bottoms will hold the most trout, but they will also school around boat basins, canals, mainland creeks, and docks out of heavy current. Use long, light leaders and 1/8 oz. Fathom Inshore jigs to pull them in, and try to fish during the middle of the day when the water is warmest.
Both red and black drum will continue to feed throughout the winter, and they should be fished for with the freshest shrimp that you can find on light Carolina rigs with 2/0 circle hooks.
Sea bass and tautogs will provide good action through the winter on nearshore structure. Use squid baits around ARs, hard bottoms, and ledges. You may also find a grey trout or two.
Mike, of Native Son, reports that while the trout bite has been good, unfortunately the small specks are the ones showing up in the biggest numbers.
Every school will have bigger fish in it, and using a bigger bait like the MirrOlure MirrOdine XL or a Z-Man diesel minnow may help you pick them out of the mix.
Red drum are still thick in the marsh, but a lot of the bigger fish have begun to move to the surf zone. The inshore drum are being caught while sight fishing. Cruise quietly and look for the reds around oyster beds and points. When surf fishing, look for the reds hiding in sloughs. It may be hard to locate them, but once you do, they’re aggressive and biting in good numbers.

December 13, 2017

House Natural Resources Committee Releases Magnuson Stevens Reauthorization Bill

Recreational Fishing Alliance 



Landmark Legislation to Benefit Saltwater Anglers Advances in U.S. House
House Natural Resources Committee Approves Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill


Washington, D.C. December 13, 2017 - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen. A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community endorsed H.R. 200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provisions into the nation's primary law governing federal fisheries management.
On April 6, 2017, Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.), a leader on recreational fishing issues, introduced H.R. 2023, the Modern Fish Act, to address the challenges facing recreational fishermen in the federal fisheries management system. He was joined by a bipartisan list of 24 cosponsors. Original cosponsors include Congressmen Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.). The Modern Fish Act's legislative language was ultimately included in H.R. 200.
"We owe great thanks to Chairman Rob Bishop, Congressman Don Young and Congressman Garret Graves for working together to bring meaningful change to recreational fisheries management through the reauthorization of the nation's marine fisheries law," said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. "This is a major step forward in implementing the vision set forth by the Morris-Deal Report for the future of saltwater recreational fishing. The importance of this legislation to the recreational fishing and boating community was made clear by tens of thousands of advocates who have made their voices heard by contacting their elected officials in recent months."
Through years of hard work, the priorities of the recreational fishing and boating community were identified and presented to federal policy makers by the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management. This group is also referred to as the Morris-Deal Commission, named for co-chairs Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boat Group. In 2014, the Morris-Deal Commission released "A Vision for Managing America's Saltwater Recreational Fisheries," which included six key policy changes to produce the full range of saltwater recreational fishing's social, economic and conservation benefits to the nation.
Many of the recommendations of the Morris-Deal Commission are addressed by the Modern Fish Act and now included in H.R. 200. This legislation addresses many of the challenges faced by recreational anglers, including allowing alternative management tools for recreational fishing, reexamining fisheries allocations and improving recreational data collection. The bill aims to benefit fishing access and conservation by incorporating modern management approaches, science and technology to guide decision-making.
On December 8, the coalition requested in a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources that the Modern Fish Act be included in the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and moved to the House floor for final passage.
Furthermore, 135 marine recreational fishing and boating industry executives signed a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on December 11, in support of the Modern Fish Act and its inclusion in the final reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The saltwater fishing economy spans the entire United States not just the U.S. coastline, as demonstrated by the list of signatories.
"America's 11 million saltwater anglers have a $63 billion economic impact annually and generate 440,000 jobs," said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association. "However, recreational fishing has been treated as an afterthought in the federal fisheries management system for decades. If enacted, H.R. 200 would finally give saltwater recreational fishing the attention it deserves in the Magnuson-Stevens Act."
"The need to revise the one-size-fits-all approach of the Magnuson-Stevens Act has been abundantly clear in recent years as anglers face unreasonably limited access to public marine resources," said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. "Stakeholders of the recreational boating industry, a uniquely American-made industry with an economic footprint of more than $121 billion annually and more than 650,000 American jobs, are encouraged by the Committee's action today, and we hope to see final passage by the House very soon."
"We commend the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources for taking the next step in reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act," said Patrick Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. "The need to update our nation's fisheries management system to ensure the conservation of our public marine resources and reasonable public access to those resources is abundantly clear. We look forward to the full House consideration of the bill."
"The provisions of the Modern Fish Act included in H.R. 200 would provide parity for federally-managed recreational fisheries, while continuing to safeguard the conservation of our fisheries resources," said Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. "In addition to Chairman Bishop, Congressman Young and Congressman Graves, a big thanks to the bipartisan House leadership of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus for their co-sponsorship of these important measures on behalf of America's anglers."
"We thank Chairman Rob Bishop for expediting this Committee markup and moving the Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill forward," said Jim Donofrio, president of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. "We also commend Congressman Don Young and Congressman Garret Graves for drafting this landmark legislation that will increase angler access while continuing to rebuild recreational fisheries."
"Recreational fishing and commercial fishing are two fundamentally different activities needing distinctly different management tools," said Angers. "Since 1976, recreational anglers have been shoehorned into a management regime that was never designed to manage recreational fishing. H.R. 200 would make critical changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act to better manage recreational fisheries."
Following today's vote, the coalition encourages House leadership to quickly bring H.R. 200 to the floor for https://www.joinrfa.org/final passage. Marine recreational anglers and boaters are eager to see this landmark legislation move through the House and Senate and signed into law.

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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
  
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