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December 31, 2013

NCDENR - North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission

This is a list of the current North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission members with their occupations.

Contact these people and let them know your feelings about gill netting in our Estuaries.




NCDENR - North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission

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December 21, 2013

Proposed Regulations

Proposed Regulations:

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Public Hearings Start Jan. 7, 2014
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual public hearings for proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations start Jan. 7.

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission urges the public to participate in the public hearings and to submit comments about the proposed 2014-2015 fishing, hunting and other wildlife resource management regulations. Feel free to comment on multiple regulations. Comments will be accepted until February 14, 2014. If you would like to make lengthy comments on the proposed regulations, or would like to propose a new regulation change, you can send an e-mail to regulations@ncwildlife.org or a letter to: 

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Proposed Regulations Comments
1701 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701 

Click on the link below to view the proposed regulations:
2014-2015 Public Hearing Booklet
Click the link below to view the bear proposals map supplement:
Bear proposals supplement for the 2014-2015 Public Hearing Booklet
Click on the link below to view the district map:
North Carolina District Map
Click on the link below to view proposed N.C. Administrative code text:
N.C. Administrative code proposed rule text
Click on the link below to view fiscal notes:
Fiscal note for all rules

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December 15, 2013

Population of black sea bass recovered, assessment finds | StarNewsOnline.com

Population of black sea bass recovered, assessment

Catch limits for black sea bass more than doubled last month after a stock assessment showed that the southern population of the fish has officially recovered, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this week."

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Population of black sea bass recovered, assessment finds | StarNewsOnline.com:


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Topsail Island NC Surf Report Webcam and Weather - SurfChex.com

Thanks to SurfChex.com for today's Surf City Surf Report.

Topsail Island NC Surf Report Webcam and Weather - SurfChex.com:

"Surf City – Topsail Surf Report:
Saturday 12/14/13 at 11:35 am
Increasing SE wind today should help to build our surf as the day wears on. Right now surf is poor and small. Knee high or so with poor shape and weak conditions.

Water Temp (F): 53

Wind: ESE-SSE 5-25+ (next 6 hours)

Tides:
Low:          12:00 pm
High:       5:50 pm
Low:          12:00 am"

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December 10, 2013

Fisheries group calls for total gill-net ban, cites legislative inaction on gamefish bill - North Carolina Sportsman



This article is almost two years old, but I enjoyed reading it again. I hope you do also.
Tight Lines!
Johnny



The Coastal Fisheries Reform Group declared last week its intent to seek a total gill-net ban in North Carolina coastal waters.

The notice came in a news release that cited inaction on the part of the state legislature on a bill that would give gamefish status to spotted seatrout, striped bass and red drum, plus inaction on the part of the legislature’s Committee on Marine Resources. CFRG also cites inaction on the part of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission to approve measures to conserve and protect certain saltwater fish species.
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Whiting Fishing • Inshore Fishing in Southeast North Carolina • North Carolina Sportsman, NC

Whiting Fishing • Inshore Fishing in Southeast North Carolina • North Carolina Sportsman, NC:

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With the beautiful 70 degree and slightly overcast day planned ahead Capt. Butch and Barbara along with BoBo and myself decided to make a trip Whiting fishing. After fighting a little fog to get anchored up on our desired location, Capt. Butch had one in the boat before anyone else even had gotten their bait on! 'They're biting!' he sounded and soon we all 3 were bringing Whitings in the boat at a regular pace!

Black drum will get creel, size limits on Jan. 1.


N.C. anglers can't keep black drum under 14 inches, only one over 25 inches - North Carolina Sportsman

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has voted to manage the recreational catch of black drum with size and creel limits that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.
Federal fisheries managers require states to implement possession limits and size minimums on black drum, and the commission that oversees North Carolina’s coastal fisheries voted at its November meeting to establish a 10-fish recreational creel limit, a 14-inch size minimum and a 14- to 25-inch slot limit that allows one fish longer than 25 inches to be kept daily.

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November 24, 2013

Topsail Area Fishing Report Nov 24, 2013

Hello from Surf City, NC.
It's COLD, COLD, COLD. Did I mention that it is a bit cold on Topsail Island. Low Temps tonight is forecast to be in the lower 30's at the beach, and the low 20's inland. But the cold weather didn't keep everyone inside hugging the fireplace. Jason Dail braved the cold and was rewarded with a couple of nice speckled trout. Check out the pic below. Great catch Jason!


Check out Chris Medlin's video Topsail Fishing Report on youtube.com. Click on the link below.

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Till next time.....
Tight lines
Johnny

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August 3, 2013

Fisherman's Post Fishing Report for August 1

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Topsail August 1, 2013

By Editor | August 1, 2013
Dan Murphy (age 15), of Hampstead, NC, with a 33 lb. king mackerel that bit a live bluefish off the end of Jolly Roger Pier.
Chris, of East Coast Sports, reports that anglers have landed some healthy king mackerel from Topsail’s piers over the past week (to 30+ lbs.). Boaters have also been getting in on the action and are hooking kings from the beachfront to the 15 mile areas. Some large spanish (6+ lbs.) have been feeding within a few miles of the beachfront as well, and they will pounce on live baits just like the kings.
Anglers also reported decent numbers of sailfish inside 15 miles last week. Live baits or rigged ballyhoo will attract attention from the sails.
A few dolphin have also been around Christmas Rock, with more feeding from there offshore to the break.
Bottom fishermen caught surprising numbers of gag grouper around AR-362 last week, and more are feeding around natural bottom structure from there offshore. Live, dead, and cut baits will all get attention from the grouper.
Anglers on the piers also saw a decent spot run in recent days, with shrimp and bloodworms producing most of the fish.
Inshore, the flounder bite is still going strong, with fish coming from the inlets, marshes, creeks, and structure like docks in the ICW. Live menhaden and finger mullet are top flounder baits, but anglers can also hook up while working Gulps and other scented soft lures.
Thomas Bardin, of Wilson, NC, with a 7 lb. sheepshead he hooked on a live crab while fishing in Banks Channel near Topsail Beach.
Ladyfish are all over the inshore waters and are feeding heavily at night around lighted structure like bridges. Casting flashy lures like Rapala X-Raps around surface activity is the way to hook up with the ladies.
Red drum are feeding in the marshes and bays off the ICW and New River. They’ve been rather willing to bite topwater plugs lately, and anglers can also hook them on soft plastics and live or cut baits when they’re not feeding on top.
Allen, of Breadman Ventures, reports that anglers are still catching solid numbers of red drum in the bays and backwaters off the New River and ICW. They’re biting topwater plugs readily, but can be tempted to eat soft plastic baits with scents like Pro-Cure Super Gel when they’re not fooled by the surface lures.
Plenty of flounder are also in the area. They’ll bite live baits and are also fans of the same scented soft plastics that anglers can hook the reds on.
Richard, of Seaview Pier, reports that anglers are hooking bluefish and spanish mackerel while working Gotcha plugs and other metal lures from the planks.
Bottom fishermen are connecting with some sea mullet and spot on shrimp and bloodworms.
Some flounder are biting small live baits under the pier.
Gary Mcadee, of Richlands, NC, with a stud speckled trout that bit a MirrOlure She Pup topwater plug in the New River near Sneads Ferry. He was fishing with Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures.
Dangling sand fleas and barnacles near the pilings is producing some sheepshead.
Live-baiters landed several king mackerel (to 37 lbs.) from the end of the pier last week.
Bob, of Surf City Pier, reports that anglers landed several king mackerel from the end of the pier last week while live-baiting with bluefish and other baits.
Some sea mullet, bluefish, and spot are biting bloodworms and shrimp on bottom rigs.
Plug casters are also picking up an occasional bluefish.
Robbie, of Jolly Roger Pier, reports that anglers landed several king mackerel from the pier last week when the water was clean.
A few bluefish are taking an interest in Gotcha plugs worked from the pier.
Some black drum, sea mullet, and spot are biting shrimp and bloodworms on bottom rigs.
Sheepshead are feeding around the pier’s pilings, but few people are fishing for them.


June 23, 2013

Topsail Island Charter Fishing

Topsail Island has many small, even tiny "deserted" islands in and around the Intracoastal Waterway. I can't think of any charter I would rather explore these islands with than with than Miss Jo Charters and Capt. Stewart Johnston. The children especially enjoy exploring these "deserted" islands. Book your Charter today! Explore or take the kids fishing. Capt. Johnston also offers offshore bottom fishing and trolling for dolphin or king mackerel. Follow the link below today and book your island experience  while there are still open dates.
Tight Lines!
Johnny

Miss Jo Charters with Captain Stewart Johnston




Topsail Island Charter Fishing

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June flounder fishing is flat-out fun along the Cape Fear - North Carolina Sportsman

I haven't fished Snows Cut in Wilmigton, NC. I have seen some HUGE doormat flounder caught there. If you go, experts say use BIG bait. 

Check out the story in North Carolina Sportsman! 
Catch' em up! 
Johnny


June flounder fishing is flat-out fun along the Cape Fear - North Carolina Sportsman



June 16, 2013

Surf City Pier Children's Independence Day Fishing Tournament

Don't forget the Surf City Pier's Independence Day fishing event for the children. July 4th will be here in just 18 days so if your children aren't registered, now is the time to get it done. Our grandchildren have participated in this great event in the past and had the greatest time. Get the details from the Surf City Pier website. The link for the pier's events page is included in this post.

Surf City Ocean Pier website, event's page.

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May 5, 2013

Prescription Fishing Sunglasses - These are GREAT !

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I ran across these sunglasses on the web. They look great and I can't wait to try them. Check these out. I think you will want to try them also.
Thanks,
Johnny aka "Fishin'Topsail"


Prescription Fishing Sunglasses are now available with an updated lens design focused on the specific needs of an angler. The angler specific lens technology provides a larger portion of the reading corridor for near vision, like baiting a hook. The angler progressive lens is a stark contrast to a traditional progressive lens that has a focal distance that gets progressively closer as you look lower in the lens. A traditional progressive lens design provides a very small portion of the lens near vision. Designing more of the lens to focus on the specific needs of anglers allows for more head movement while keeping near objects in focus.




Fishing Sunglasses with this prescription lens design,
based on recent Free-Form Digital lens technology, recalculates the curve of a lens at every point e lens. This eliminates the peripheral distortion referred to as the “fishbowl effect”. The upper portion of a Free-Form Digital lens provides the sharpest distance vision possible, while the bottom of the lens provides a near-vision portion that is perfect for fishermen.

Prescription Oakley Sunglasses are the first to market with this new lens design. Oakley also offers the largest selection of polarized lens colors designed for a fishing environment. The Oakley Shallow Blue Iridium lens is a polarized bronze lens with an oxide coating to minimize blue light distortions. The Oakley Deep Blue Iridium lens is a polarized grey lens with the same coating. The combination of the fishing-specific prescription lens design and polarized lens colors designed specifically for fishing has made Oakley a top pick for serious anglers.

ADS Sports Eyewear is one of the first Authorized Oakley dealers to focus on the new angler-specific lenses, which are available for any of the Oakley frames you find on the ADS website. The company is optician owned and operated with a knowledgeable staff that uses and understands prescription eyewear for active people and will answer any questions you might have about the new Angler-Specific lenses.


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