June 12, 2018
Topsail – June 7, 2018
Spotted seatrout season opens Friday
MOREHEAD CITY – The spotted seatrout fishing season will reopen in North Carolina waters .
The recreational bag limit will be four-fish per person per day, and the minimum size limit will be 14 inches total length. All undersized or over the daily harvest limit fish caught must be immediately returned to the waters where taken, regardless of the condition of the fish.
For more specific recreational spotted seatrout fishing regulations, see FF-23-2018 on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ proclamations webpage.
The commercial size limit is 14 inches total length, as well, but the commercial harvest limits and fishing days differ by water body and gear type. For specific regulations, commercial fishermen should see FF-24-2018 on the division’s proclamations webpage.
The division closed all coastal and joint waters to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest on due to widespread cold stun events.
Cold stuns are natural events that occur when there is a sudden drop in water temperature or prolonged periods of cold weather that makes the fish sluggish. During a cold stun, many fish die from the cold or fall prey to birds and other predators. Studies suggest that cold stun events can have a significant impact on spotted seatrout populations.
Under the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan, if a significant cold stun event occurs, the Division of Marine Fisheries closes all spotted seatrout harvests untilto allow the fish that survive the cold stun event the chance to spawn in the spring before harvest reopens. Peak spawning occurs in May. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission automatically closes spotted seatrout season in inland waters when it closes in adjacent coastal waters.
May 27, 2018
April 13, 2018
Captain Rich Tudor takes his sons out for some sunset Tarpon fishing using live mullet at the bridges!
Till next time....
Till next time....
Thanks go to Fisherman's Post for this Topsail Area fishing report.
John Carothers (age 4), of Raleigh, with a red drum that went for a mud minnow beneath a popping cork. He was fishing with Capt. Chadwick Crawford of South End Anglers.
April 10, 2018
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with theSouthern Division of the American Fisheries Society (SDAFS), is asking lapsed and active anglers to complete an online survey about their opinions on fish attractors and aquatic vegetation.
Responses from the survey will help fisheries biologists gain valuable information that will improve aquatic habitat enhancement programs in reservoirs in North Carolina and across the Southeast. Since 2016, Commission staff have installed nearly 500 natural and artificial structures in public reservoirs throughout the state, as well as established aquatic vegetation in 10 reservoirs.
Anglers from across the Southeast are being asked to participate in the survey, which was developed by SDAFS’s Reservoir Technical Committee. Committee members are interested in opinions from anglers who fish mainly in reservoirs, according to Lawrence Dorsey, the Commission’s District 6 fisheries biologist and chairman of the committee.
“The survey should take no more than 15 minutes and is completely anonymous,” Dorsey said. “All of the information compiled from the survey will be analyzed and reported back to state fisheries and wildlife agencies across the Southeast and beyond.”
For questions or additional information, email Lawrence Dorsey.
April 9, 2018
Contact: Patricia Smith
MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record bluefin tuna.
Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, Delaware, reeled in the 877-pound fish March 17 after fighting with the fish for 2 ½ hours off Oregon Inlet. It measured 113 inches curved fork length (tracing the contour of the body from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail) and had a girth of 79 inches.
He caught the fish using trolling dead bait on 130 pound line test on a 130 Shimano rod and reel aboard the charter boat A-Salt Weapon fishing out of Pirates Cove Marina in Manteo.
Chambers’ fish broke the former state record bluefin tuna by 72 pounds. That fish was caught off Oregon Inlet, as well, in 2011. The world all-tackle record bluefin tuna was 1,496 pounds and was caught off Nova Scotia in 1979.
For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a photo of Chambers’ fish here.
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April 7, 2018
March 11, 2018
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.
Website: http://www.deq. nc.gov
1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699