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March 31, 2009

Tuesday Topsail Beach Update

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Hello from Topsail Beach! It was a really nice day, not too much wind, and a lot of sunshine. I had appointments in J-ville all day today so no fishing for me. I hope to get out tomorrow of Thursday for sure. The present water temperature is around 58*, winds out of the east at 5 to 10 mph. Surf City Pier reports a few mullets, skates and sharks. Jolly Roger reports small sea mullets, skates and sharks. No report from the surf.

New Topsail Inlet Tides for Wednesday, April 1, 2009

12:29 AM EDT High Tide
7:41 AM EDT Low Tide
12:59 PM EDT High Tide
7:39 PM EDT Low Tide

More Topsail Island news........

Topsail history museum opens April 6 with new exhibit

Published: Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 3:04 p.m.

Topsail Island's Missiles and More Museum will open for the season April 6 with the introduction of its newest exhibit: "TOPSAIL...BARRIER ISLAND...HOME." The beauty of this 26-mile ribbon of sand is known and cherished by those who visit and those who live here. The new exhibit will speak to the magical influence and relaxation it provides and address its inherent physiology, its ever present fragility and the manageability required to sustain it.
Read the entire post at Star News Online

Bill takes hard line on beach erosion

Published March 28, 2009 - 8:06 PM by Kinston Free Press
Barry Smith
Freedom Raleigh Bureau

RALEIGH - North Carolina's 320 miles of coastline entice tourists to enjoy the sun, sand, surf and fishing. The tourists add a boost to the states economy.

Those who travel to the state's barrier islands will notice the sea encroaching or the sand washing away.

How to protect beaches on those islands, with their shifting inlets, has become a topic of debate in the halls of state government. Environmentalists say that some efforts to keep the sea from creeping further onto the islands amounts to waging a losing war against Mother Nature. Supporters of those efforts say they'd just like to get Mother Nature to cooperate a bit with them.
Read the entire post at Kinston Free Press website.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

March 30, 2009

Topsail Beach Update

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Hello from Topsail Beach! At least the wind was light enough to get out on the beach. There still wasn't much going on. I talked to one angler who had caught a very small virginia mullet and a small puffer on cut shrimp. He was fishing north of Joly Roger pier. That's all I can talk about tonight. Still not much going on.

I got an email today from the Marine Fisheries Commission. Below are the details of a meeting of the Recreational License Advisory Committee. Want to make a difference? Want to help decide how your fishing license money is spent? Attend the meeting and make your voice heard. Details below.

Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Mar. 30, 2009 Phone: 252-726-7021

RECREATIONAL LICENSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MEE
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MOREHEAD CITY- The Coastal Recreational Fishing License Advisory Committee to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet by conference call at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 6 in the Division of Marine Fisheries conference room, 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City. The conference room will be open to advisors and the public to participate in the call.

An agenda for the meeting is attached.

For more information, contact Randy Gregory at 252-808-8078 or Randy.Gregory@ncdenr.gov or the Marine Fisheries Commission office at 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632.
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Coastal Recreational Fishing License Advisory Committee Meeting
Monday, April 6, 2009 2:00 p.m.
Conference Call/NCDMF Conference Room
Morehead City, NC

AGENDA

Introduction
· Modifications to the Agenda
· Approval of Minutes
· CRFL Sales Report
· Review of Current CRFL Projects
· Review Request for Proposals
· Recommendations to the Marine Fisheries Commission

· Discussion

· Next Meeting
. Issues

End Email


Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

March 29, 2009

Still Too Windy at Topsail Beach!

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Hello from Topsail Beach! Jolly Roger pier reports that a few mullets were caught this morning. They didn't see the catch, so no information on size or quantity. Surf City Pier reports sea mullets and puffers being caught. They have a picture of big Tim on the SC Pier website with his catch of a dozen virginia mullet. Click on the "What's Biting" link. Way to go Tim! I will be on Surf City Pier Monday, Lord willing, to catch a mess of those mullets for supper. Today the surf at Topsail Beach was really rough. Too rough and windy for me to surf fish. The weather is forecast to be better tomorrow. For the next seven days, there is no rain in the forecast and the high temps are in the 70's six of the seven days. The sea water temp is at 60*. It's time to get out there! See you on the pier! Good luck to all.

FISHING LICENSE NOW REQUIRED!
Don't forget, a saltwater license is required to fish in the ocean as well as the sounds behind the island.
As of January 1, 2007, anyone over the age of 16 will need a license to fish in all North Carolina "coastal waters."

For details on obtaining a license go to http://www.ncfisheries.net/recreational/NCCRFLfaq.htm or you can buy one at the local tackle shops. A license is not required to fish from any one of the island's three ocean fishing piers. They have purchased a blanket license to cover the cost for you.

Here are the New Topsail Inlet tides for Monday.

2009-03-29 4:59 AM EDT -0.06 feet Low Tide
2009-03-29 10:20 AM EDT 3.06 feet High Tide
2009-03-29 4:56 PM EDT -0.07 feet Low Tide
2009-03-29 10:41 PM EDT 3.62 feet High Tide

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny aka FishinTopsail

March 28, 2009

Opening Day at Surf City Pier

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Hello from Topsail Beach! Surf City Pier make the Wilmington Starnews this morning. Check it out at this link. StarNewsOnline.com I missed out on the festivities, because of a migrane, but I hear it was a huge success. The free season pass was won by a Wilmington resident who braved the wind and rain to fish on opening day. There is a picture on the site of Mr. George Pelican, regulars to the Surf City Pier will remember George. He sits on the rail near the cleaning station and welcomes a free breakfast. Be sure and check out the pictures I also hear that there were several fish caught yesterday. "There Here!" and with several days next week forcast to be in the 70's, I am betting that the pier sees some action! Hope to see you all there!

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna

March 25, 2009

Weather to bad for fishing? Today it was!

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Hello from Topsail Beach! Tried to fish in the surf today. Much too windy. Only stayed out a few minutes. I didn't realize how windy it was until I was on the beach. The blowing sand cut into my legs. Surf City Pier opens Friday at 6 am. I hope the weather is better than today. I would hate to get another cold trying to win a free season pass. Hope you all have had better luck fishing than I have so far this year. Looking for some good weather.
Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna
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March 23, 2009

Topsail Beach Monday Morning Fishing Report

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Hello from Topsail Beach! Took a short trip across the road to the Empie Street access in Topsail Beach. The air temp was around 57*, water temp around 54*, wind NE at 10 to 20 kts. Bait was cut shrimp. Fished tide from middle high to low. Saw lots of bottlenose dolphins, and a lot of bird acitvity offshore. Surf was pretty calm and bait wash was light. Didn't catch any fish, but what a glorious day it is!

Man, I really love this island!

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

March 20, 2009

Spring is Here!

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Hello from Topsail Beach! Spring has arrived, and good fishing shouldn't be far behind. I am already getting reports of a few small sea mullets in the surf as well as on the piers. And yesterday I recieved a report of black drum in the surf. The first gray trout was caught from Jolly Roger Pier last week. Of course the puffers, sharks, and skates are biting, but they are scattered. There should be larger sea mullets arriving soon.

Surf City Pier opens Friday March 27, and they are having the "First Sea Mullet" contest again this year. The first sea mullet caught from the pier will win a free Season Pass to Surf City Pier. This is a $175.00 value so it will be worth the effort to get out there on opening day. Good luck to all who will brave the elements and get out there to fish for the free pass.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

March 18, 2009

Topsail Fishing Report

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Hello from Topsail Beach! I am hearing that a few, very few small sea mullets are showing up in the surf, and I am assuming off the piers as well. Cut shrimp has been the productive bait. I have been to the sound a few times this week but I haven't gotten any hits on mirro-lure or grubs [Gulp]. We have full sun today and this should help warm the water a bit. We have NE winds, that won't help with the warming. We need good south wind to help the sun warm the water. The average water temp in the area is 54*. So things should start to happen soon. If you are out there flinging lead or lures, Good Luck! Let us know how you do.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna

March 16, 2009

Spring Fishing is Picking Up>>>!

Hello everybody, I hope spring is treating you well! Not to bad around here, two days warm then one day cool. Hey that’s spring for ya around the Carolina coast! One day breezy, two days calm sometime it’s the other way around! That’s why I love the Carolina coast we have real seasons around here! Enough about weather, to the fishing report we go!

On some of the windier days when it’s been hard to get out on the coast to fish we’ve been doing a little bit of fresh water fishing. The large mouth Bass have been biting well. Most trips we are catching nine to over fifth teen bass a day. The size of the Bass are running one to over five pounds, most fish are two to three pounds. Bass are hitting Bass Assassin rubber worms in colors black and red shad “red and black”. We are also catching some of the bass on senko worms. Rigging the worms Carolina style seems to work the best.

On the coast fishing has been a little hit or miss for the most part. Some days we go out and get over ten Redfish some days it’s less. The best bait for the Reds lately has been fresh shrimp or live mud minnows. I have had the most luck rigging the shrimp and minnows on Carolina rigs. We are using EC L 42 style hooks in number “one” size. The Reds are running in the sixteen to twenty-five inch range with a few bigger ones mixed in from time to time.

If you would like to go the artificial root, I would recommend using scented grubs. The best bet is to use Saltwater Assassin “Blurps” in Colors Molting and good penny. These Blurps are really well scented to put out one great scent trail. Those Reds will find them, trust me! Jigs heads for the grubs in ¼ to 3/8 oz, colors red and black seem to be the trick. Work’em slow around docks and drop-offs on grass lines.

There are a few trout and flounder around as well, they are not very big, but some times you can pull out a keeper. Mud minnows and grubs are the ticket for these fish. Rig the minnows on Carolina rigs, go light on the leader fifth teen to twenty pound line. Grub colors that we’re using; Chart. Diamond and Silver mullet with red head jigs. Work’em slow on shore lines and drop off on the grass lines.

Fishing Gear we use:

Pflueger Medalist spinning reels in size 7035 great for trout and light Red fishing. Rods: Ugly Stick Lite. Med act 7’ Braid line in the test of 10 and 20 pound. Thanks for reading this report, if you have any questions or comments drop me a line at www.captainjot.com

In Other Fishing News: There are a few great boat and fishing expos still coming to North Carolina. If you like fishing and boats you don’t want to miss these shows and fishing seminars! Here are the one’s that myself as well as other Ranger boats pro staff members will be at this winter.

March 21, 2009 Saltwater Fishing School Saturday, 2615 Jefferson Davis Hwy (US 1 South) - Sanford, NC. www.northcarolinasportsman.com This all-day event will feature successful tournament anglers, prominent charter captains, top notch guides, knowledgeable pro team members, experienced local fishermen and well-informed industry professionals giving tips, plus explaining lures and techniques used to catch everyone's favorite fish. “Just a few weeks away”!!

June 5, 6 and 7 “In the Water Fishing School” Capt. Rick Bennett, myself and six other of the best local guides are putting on this school on. This school will be real-time hands on fishing experience! The school is limited to the first 25 participants! If you want to learn from the best local guides and see how we do it, take the time to check it out; http://www.rodmancharters.com/2009-inthewater-fishing-school.htmI’m really looking forward to being part of this school!

Captain Jot Owens
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910-233-4139

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March 15, 2009

Rainy and Windy Weekend

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Hello from Topsail Beach! I am glad to have met one of our readers this weekend. Elijah Varner came down for a weekend of fishing at Jolly Roger Pier. Elijah and his fiance, I am embarrassed that I can't remember her name, stayed at Jolly Roger Motel. We met Friday morning for a few hours of fishing. The weather wouldn't cooperate with us, but it was nice to have a line in the water. I had a migraine Saturday, and didn't get to fish, but Elijah caught some sharks from the surf and pier. No mullets yet, but Elijah saw a nice 14 inch gray trout brought over the rail at the pier. I really enjoyed meeting Elijah who seems to me a fine young man who really loves fishing. Thanks to Elijah for asking me to fish with him. Maybe next time, we can find the fish.

Till next time....
tight lines!
Johnny

March 9, 2009

Exciting things happing in 2009!!!!

Greetings All!!!!

I am very excited about the upcoming 2009 fishing season. It has been a long, cold winter, but the weather is starting to warm and the fishing is about to get red hot.

New this year will be the addition of my new 2009 East Cape Canoes "Vantage" !!!vantage

This boat is the bomb!!! She is 19'-2" in length with a 79" beam and she will draft between 7.5-10-inches!! She is going to be powered by a new 2009 Honda 4-stroke and she will be fast!!! That means, more fishing time for you!! The guys at East Cape are supposed to start production of my new custom boat in about 2-weeks and if all goes well, I will have her ready for charters around the first of May. She will be fully equiped with all of the bells and whistles to make you fishing experience on to remember. With her integrated spray rails and sharp V entry, not only will she be fast, but she will be dry as well. A 40 gallon fuel cell will give her lots of range and with a cruise speed in the mid 30's, we can make the long runs to get to the fish, if necessary.

As I mentioned, she is going to have all the bells and whistles including a new 2009 power pole, trim tabs, 36 gallon live well, custom poling platform with new stiffy push pole, 2009 minn kota trolling motor and a front deck casting platform. She is loaded with storage which will keep her decks clean and clutter free. This boat is going to be in high demand and I am very excited to have joined forces with the guys from East Cape!! I know this boat is going to be a big hit for them and it's going to be a great addition to the Current Adventure Fleet!!

In addition to the new flats boat, i still offer offshore fishing charters aboard the Current Adventure I for King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish and more!! I know the the economy is in turmoil right now, but I am looking forward to a great year. My rates are very reasonable and I always strive to make sure that all of my customers have a great day on the water while fishing with me. When you fish with me, you will learn new techniques, have lots of hands on experience and come away a better angler!!

Check back soon for more updates on the new boat and I look forward to serving you this summer!!

As always,

Tight Lines!!!

Capt. Brent Stanley

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March 5, 2009

Better Get Ready!

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Hello from Topsail Beach! It's almost time for spring fishing. The weather is improving quickly, and we are forecast a beautiful weekend. High Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are forecast to be in the lower to high 70's! I will be out at least Friday or Saturday, maybe even both. I think I'm gonna go to the New Topsail Inlet and give the reds and trout a try. Hope to see you out there!
Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

March 3, 2009

Cold-Warm-Cold-Warm Fishing Report

Hello from Topsail Beach!

Spring is Springing around Southeast North Carolina! Warmer weather is in the forecast and the fishing should start to really pick up. The weather has been nothing less then UP AND DOWN lately; I’m ready for SPRING!! So give me a call and let’s go fishing! Now to the fishing report>>>

With the weather getting warming the water temps are on the raise, which is a very good thing. Redfish are biting around docks and marsh grass drops in the water way and creek mouths. Most of the falling tide and the start of the raise is the best time to catch these Reds. Anywhere you can find the sun warming the water around docks, there should be some Reds close by. Keep your eyes on the water; we’ve seen some schools of Reds just off the ICW. They can be spooky, so stay low and try to keep quiet.

The Reds are taking scented Grubs and fresh bait like shrimp or mullet. The best bet for grubs are Saltwater Assassin (Blurps), these are some of the best scented grubs on the market! Colors I would recommend; Molting, Good Penny and Drunk monkey. The best jig head colors red and black these seem to work the best. Work the grubs slow, this will let the scent spread out more so the Reds can find the grubs.

A few Speckled trout are biting, same set up as the Reds. Try to find some fish warming up in the sun, on flats and oyster rocks. Work Grubs and Mirrolure’s very slow for these fish. Good colors for the trout are Saltwater Assassin salt & pep chartreuse tail and chart/diamond. If the water is a little stained try “Chicken on a Chain” grub color. These are some of my favorite colors. If you see the Trout on the bottom cast on the edge of them not right in the school. If you cast in the school it will scare them.

The large mouth bass fishing has been good the last couple of weeks and should get better as the weather warms up! We are fishing some of the local lakes and the North East Cape Fear River. Most of the bass are hitting Bass Assassin rubber worms in the color red shad “red and black”. Rigging the worms Carolina style seems to work the best. We’ve also caught a few on wacky worms, fishing them very slow.

Fishing gear we use:

Redfish, Trout and Bass: Pflueger Medalist spinning reels in sizes 7035 and 7040. Ugly stick lites 6’6” and 7’ rods in med-light and med action. Bass fishing Pflueger Supreme spinning reels 9030XT and an All Star ASR series rod 7’ ASR844S “great fresh water combo”!

In Other Fishing News: There are a few great boat and fishing expos still coming to North Carolina. If you like fishing and boats you don’t want to miss these shows and fishing seminars! Here are the one’s that myself as well as other Ranger boats pro staff members will be at this winter.

March 21, 2009 Saltwater Fishing School Saturday, 2615 Jefferson Davis Hwy (US 1 South) - Sanford, NC.
www.northcarolinasportsman.com
This all-day event will feature successful tournament anglers, prominent charter captains, top notch guides, knowledgeable pro team members, experienced local fishermen and well-informed industry professionals giving tips, plus explaining lures and techniques used to catch everyone's favorite fish. “Just a few weeks away”!!

June 5, 6 and 7 “In The Water Fishing School” Capt. Rick Bennett, myself and six other of the best local guides are putting on this school on. This school will be real-time hands on fishing experience! The school is limited to the first 25 participants! If you want to learn from the best local guides and see how we do it, take the time to check it out;
http://www.rodmancharters.com/2009-inthewater-fishing-school.htm
I’m really looking forward to being part of this school!

We are booking for this up coming summer season, book now to get the day you want! Check out our web page for fishing reports and charter specials from time to time. Thanks for reading this report, and Good fishing to Ya.

Captain Jot Owens
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