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May 21, 2016

New Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday

Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday

MOREHEAD CITY –The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has issued a proclamation consistent with the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission’s decision to impose restrictions on the recreational cobia fishery. On Thursday the commission voted to impose the following restrictions on recreational cobia:

  • A 37-inch fork length (measured from the tip of the snout to the fork in the tail) minimum size limit for all recreational fisheries.
  • Anglers fishing from private boats may only fish on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays under daily possession limit of two fish per vessel or one fish per person if only one person is on board.
  • Those fishing from the shore or shore-based structures (pier or surf) may fish seven days a week with a daily possession limit of one fish per person.
  • Those fishing on a for-hire boat (charter or guide) may fish seven days a week with a daily possession limit of four fish per vessel or one fish per person if fewer than four people are on board.
  • Those practicing catch-and-release may fish seven days a week.

The commission’s decision was in response to a federal announcement that, because the annual catch limit was exceeded last year, it intends to close the recreational cobia season in federal waters north of the Georgia-Florida border on June 20. In order to remain consistent with the federal fishery management plan, the federal government encouraged states close state waters for recreational cobia season on June 20. The commission did not approve the division’s recommendation to either close state waters on June 20 or select one of eight size and vessel limit combinations already analyzed by federal government that would have resulted in a lengthened season if adopted by both North Carolina and Virginia.

The commission’s decision to impose these additional restrictions is an effort to extend the recreational cobia season in state waters. These new restrictions go into effect on Monday. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will submit these new restrictions to the federal government and request an expedited review to determine whether these actions will be sufficient to allow the season to be extended in state waters beyond June 20. If the federal government determines that these restrictions are not sufficient to remain consistent with the federal fishery management plan for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic regions, additional restrictions may be necessary.

For more specifics on the regulations, see Proclamation FF-25-2016 at http://ncmarinefisheries.net/proclamations.


May 16, 2016

Public Comment Sought for Periodic Review of 10F and 10H Rules
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public comment on classifications of its existing rules for the periodic review process, as required by the General Assembly (150B-21.3A).

On April 21, 2016, the Commission approved initial determinations classifying each of its Motorboats and Water Safety rules (15A NCAC 10F) and Regulated Activities rules (15A NCAC 10H) into one of three classifications: (1) unnecessary; (2) necessary with substantive public interest; or (3) necessary without substantive public interest. The initial determination reports for 10F and 10H rules are posted on the agency’s Periodic Rules Review page.  

Public comments on these classifications may be submitted from May 16, 2016-August 1, 2016.  Public comments may be submitted online or in writing via the US Postal Service to the following address:
Erica Garner
NCWRC Periodic Review
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1701  

For more information on the periodic review process for the Wildlife Commission or to comment on a rule, visit the agency’s Periodic Rules Review page.

A “public comment” is defined by G.S. 150B-21.3A(a)(5) as a written objection to all or part of a rule. Additionally, pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A(c)(2), in order for the Rules Review Commission to determine whether the public comment has merit, the public comment must address the specific content of the rule.

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May 10, 2016

Planning a fishing trip?

Don't leave the important stuff at home!
Source: Fix.com Blog

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N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings

The commission is mandated to meet at least quarterly, but may hold additional meeting at any time and place within the state at the call of the chair or upon the written request of a least four members. Three of the quarterly meetings must be held in one of the coastal regions.

For the commission to conduct business there must be a quorum, which means at least five of the nine members are present. Also, at least one recreational member and one commercial member must be present.

All meetings are open to the public, and may only be closed for reasons outlined in GS 143-318.11.
Please read the public comment guidelines if you plan to address the commission.

2016 MFC Meeting Schedule

Aug. 17-19 Hilton Brownstone, Raleigh
Nov. 16-18 Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk
Full and accurate minutes are maintained for each meeting of the commission and its advisory committees. Briefing books are also prepared for the commissioners, commission staff, the director, and counsel. These books contain reports and materials for each agenda item, written public comment, recurring updates, special informational reports on fishing issues not on the agenda, and presentations. An electronic version of each book is available by clicking on the meeting date on the schedule below or the posting on the meeting schedule page.

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January 29, 2016

How to Catch Inshore Bluefish by Daniel Hagan

An article from FloridaShoreFishing.com

How to Catch Inshore Bluefish

Bluefish are one of the most popular inshore fish.  They are almost always willing strikers of both lures and live bait, they are easy to find durring the right time of year and they are very strong fighters for their weight.

Where to find Bluefish

Inshore bluefish usually found along the beaches in the surf or just beyond.  They can also be found around inlets, passes and occasionally inshore creeks and flats hold them.  

Bluefish migrate to stay in their prefered temperature range of 66-72 degrees.


Inshore bluefish tend to only average around 1-2 pounds.  Any saltwater rated rod/reel combo will work well for bluefish.  Line the reel with 10-15lb test line with a strong leader (metal is recommended for live bait).

Bait and Lures

Bluefish are attracted to anything that is flashy and moves fast.  Both lures and live bait should have these two traits.  Spoons and silver plugs are good lures and finger mullet and other shiny live fish are great options.


It may seem simplistic to say but if the bluefish are feeding just get the lure/bait near them and the chances are they will take it.  If they are not actively feeding, a little more technique may be required…

Read the full article here:  How to Catch Inshore Bluefish  

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January 24, 2016

How to Catch Flounder; www.floridashorefishing.com

How to Catch Flounder 

An informative article from http://www.floridashorefishing.com/ . Great information on catching flounder. Worth the read. Also check out their website.


Flounder, a group of very similar species of flatfish, are one of the most sought after fish in the ocean. They are one of the best tasting fish and can be a challenge to even an experienced angler

Where to Find Flounder
Flounder are flat fish that have both eyes on one side of their body. They are ambush predators that spend all of their time on the bottom camouflaged to match the bottom. Because of their ambush tactics they prefer to be in areas that have a fair amount of water movement to carry bait fish passed their ambush positions.
Areas with tidal or river/creek flow that tend to hold a fair amount of bait fish will almost always hold flounder. They are most commonly found in the following areas:
  • Inlets
  • Creek Mouths
  • Oyster Bars
  • Bridges, Piers and Docks
  • Drop Offs / Dips and Sand Bars
Flounder range in size from less than a pound up to over 20 pounds. While they can get fairly large they are not known as a hard fighting fish so equipment in the 10-15 pound range works great for these fish.

The most popular reels to use are spinning and baitcasting reels that are rated for saltwater. Spinning reels in the 2000-3000 size and baitcasting reels that are rated for 10-15 pound line work perfectly for flounder. Some recommended reels include:
  • Penn Battle Spinning Reel
  • Shimano Stradic FJ Spinning Reel
  • Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Baitcasting Reel
  • Shimano Curado Baitcasting Reel
Because Flounder are always caught on the bottom and are often found near structure a rod with a decent amount of power is needed but because of their often subtle strike a sensitive tip is also required. A length of 7 foot or longer will help increase casting distance to help cover more water. When choosing a rod make sure that it is saltwater rated.

A medium to medium heavy power with a fast to moderate action rod will be best for most inshore flounder fishing conditions.

Because of where flounder are most frequently found braid is the best line for many reasons. Braid is far more sensitive than any other style of line allowing subtle hits from flounder to be detected. Its small diameter allows the bait or lure to reach the bottom faster and stay there with little resistance. Braid also has higher abrasion resistance which will often come in handy when fishing around structure such as oyster beds or pylons. 10-20lb test braid will do fine for most fishing conditions.

For a leader, 10-20lb fluorocarbon line works the best. It is nearly invisible in the water and and has much higher abrasion resistance than monofilament.

Live Bait
Flounder are not very picky eaters and most live bait commonly used will work very well for flounder. The most popular live baits for flounder are:
  • Finger Mullet
  • Mud Minnows
  • Scaled Sardines
  • Live Shrimp
When using live bait, the most successful rig is a carolina rig (often called a fish finder rig). This rig is a hook on the end of a 12 inch leader. Above the leader is a barrel swivel, a bead and then a sinker. Use only the amount of weight needed to hold the bottom, any more can affect the sensitivity of the line and make strikes more difficult to detect.
When using live bait there is always the option of using a circle hook. Circle hooks help reduce foul hooked fish and will frequently catch more fish than a typical J style hook. For flounder a circle hook of 1/0-3/0 is recommended.
For minnows the best way to hook them is through the lips, this will keep them facing the correct direction on retrieve and reduce tangling. The same is true for live shrimp, hook them through their head just in front of their eyes.
Cut or Dead bait will work for flounder but it is far less effective than live.

Flounder are known as willing takers of lures. They have been caught on many artificials ranging from shrimp imitations all the way to the popular freshwater lure known as the “beetle spin”. Some of the most popular lures for flounder include:
  • Berkeley Alive Gulp Shrimp
  • Bucktail Jig with Grub Trailer
  • Berkeley Alive Swimming Mullet
  • DOA Cal
Scented and Flavored lures will more often than not outperform other lures. Flounder will often grab a lure and taste it before taking it into their mouths, and will often reject non-flavored lures much more rapidly than their counterparts.

The most important factor in catching flounder is not the bait or lure, but the techniques used. These fish are ambush predators that spend all of their time on the bottom. The techniques used should be tailored to the flounders lifestyle.

Slowly Dragging The Bottom
The most effective technique for hooking into a flounder is to make a long cast and VERY slowly retrieve the bait. When it feels like the retrieve is slow enough, it should be just a little bit slower. Slowly bump the bait along the bottom and when it crosses the path of a flounder, they will have a hard time denying the bait!

Detecting a Hit

Often times when a flounder hits a lure or a bait the hit can be difficult to detect. They will simply wait for the bait to get near them and mouth it as it passes. This is often detected as a small thump or simply as increased weight at the end of the line.

Setting the Hook
Because flounder do not often strike aggressively they will need to be allowed time to get the lure or bait fully into their mouths. They will spend a short amount of time, 5-10 seconds adjusting the bait to fit into their mouths. The angler should allow 5-10 seconds after detecting a strike before setting the hook. Set the hook using a rapid upward motion, this will also help get the large fish off the bottom, which can be a challenge of they are very large.

*** Do not use a large sweeping motion if using circle hooks for live bait. Gently lift the rod tip up and start to reel the line in rapidly. Circle hooks are designed to hook the fish in the side of the mouth with this process and a large sweeping motion will pull the hook out of their mouth more times than it will not. ***

Tips and Tricks
  • Fish Slower than you think you should
  • Make sure to give the flounder time to get the lure or bait into its mouth after a strike is detected before setting the hook.
  • Check your local regulations on size and bag limits.
  • Some flounder that are legal size will often be rather thin and should be released as they just don’t have enough meat on them to justify the harvest.
  • Most Flounder that are lost are lost as they are being pulled out of the water. Use a net to land them!

October 19, 2015

Onslow Bay CCA NC Project Healing Waters & Wounded Warriors Fall Fishing Trip

Onslow Bay CCA NC Project Healing Waters & Wounded Warriors Fall Fishing Trip The Onslow Bay Chapter will host members of Project Healing Waters and Wounded Warriors for a day of fishing on October 24th in the waters around Swansboro. We have a number of CCA members lined up already who are willing to donate their time, boat and fishing expertise to honor our military men and women with a day out on the water but there is always room for more volunteers! We plan on a "Captains Party" Cookout for our guests Friday night. and a cookout following the fishing on Saturday. Volunteers with some cooking and beer-icing skills are also welcome. Contact Rocky Carter at (336) 423-9100 for more information, or call the CCA NC office at (919) 781-3474.

“Net Effect” Premieres Monday, October 26 at 7pm on WRAL-TV

“Net Effect” Premieres Monday, October 26 at 7 pm on WRAL-TV

“Net Effect” is a one-hour documentary that looks at some of the declining fish stocks in our state’s waters and some of the commercial fishing practices that recreational fishermen and conservation groups say is contributing to the problem. It also looks at the politics behind the Southern Flounder debate, the loopholes in how commercial fishing licenses are issued and the weaknesses in enforcement of existing fishing regulations.

“Net Effect," hosted by WRAL News anchor David Crabtree, will air Monday, Oct. 26.

Read more at http://www.wral.com/wral-documentary-net-effect-/14929877/#JpvqcFXgocyeryDY.99

September 20, 2015

Reading the Beach - Understanding Waves & Wave Action


Published on Oct 5, 2014
This is the first in my "View From the Beach" series of videos on learning to read water / wave action and beach structure. This video focuses on understanding what a wave is and how it behaves in relation to soft / hard structure and bottom contour.
Informative, good to know when fishing in the surf.

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September 17, 2015

Fishin' Topsail's Recipe for Today .......

Quick and Easy Broiled Flounder

1 1/2 pounds flounder
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 to 3 green onions, chopped
Bread crumbs
Salt and pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Preheat broiler.

Dip fish in butter and place on a foil-lined baking pan. Sprinkle with green onions, salt, pepper, lemon juice and bread crumbs. Top with a dusting of paprika.
Broil until done, 8 to 12 minutes depending on thickness.

Surf Fishing Calendar For North Carolina

I ran across this while surfing the web for fishing news. Good information to have when planning our fishing trips.

Read the reports on Fishing-NC.com

Black Drum
Red Drum (a.k.a Redfish, Puppy Drum)
Spanish Mackerel
Sea Mullet (a.k.a Whiting)
Speckled Trout
Striped Bass
* Seasons vary by location in NC, sometimes as much as a few weeks.

Surf Fishing in NC

NC's Outer Banks is known to have some of the best surf fishing around..........

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