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July 23, 2018

Dan Osborne - Shark in Surf July 23 2018

Surf Fishing July 23 2018

Dan Osborne, My nephew from Georgia caught this shark while surf fishing today. Donna and I were sitting on a bench at the beach access in Surf City, the perfect platform to watch the fight. Dan did everything right and landed the shark after a good fight. After pictures, the shark was revived in the surf before being released alive and well. Good catch Dan.
** Footnote ** Less than 3 minutes after the release, the surf was full of swimmers. Not me! I have seen much bigger, in knee deep surf.

Dan and I were on the beach at 6 am fishing. We caught small blues, pinfish, and pompano. Nothing big enough to brag about. The shark was caught in the second fishing session, after lunch.

Till next time....
Tight lines!

July 12, 2018

Important News Release from Recreational Fishing Alliance



Recreational Fishing Alliance   
Contact:  Jim Donofrio / 888-564-6732  

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2018   

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill
Landmark Fisheries Reform Takes Major Step Toward Becoming Law
Washington, D.C. - July 12, 2018 - Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, a bipartisan bill that includes the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). This historic vote marks the first time the priorities of the recreational fishing sector are included in the reauthorization of our nation's primary marine fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
The provisions of the Modern Fish Act (H.R. 2023) were included in H.R. 200 by the House Committee on Natural Resources on December 13, 2017. H.R. 200 is sponsored by Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) and cosponsored by Reps. Garret Graves (R-La.); Brian Babin (R-Texas); Clay Higgins (R-La.); Gene Green (D-Texas); Robert Wittman (R-Va.); Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.); Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.); Steve King (R-Iowa); Marc Veasey (D-Texas); Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), and Austin Scott (R-Ga.).
"Marine recreational fishing is not a partisan issue, which was illustrated by the support H.R. 200 received from both parties today in the House," said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. "We owe great thanks to Chairman Rob Bishop, Congressmen Don Young, Garret Graves, Gene Green and Marc Veasey for working together to properly recognize recreational fishing within the Magnuson-Stevens Act. These bipartisan leaders have made the difference for anglers from coast to coast."
In 2014, 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 in a report "A Vision for Managing America's Saltwater Recreational Fisheries." 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.
Many of the recommendations of the Morris-Deal Commission are addressed by the Modern Fish Act and 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.
"The recreational fishing industry is grateful that H.R. 200, which includes the provisions of the Modern Fish Act, has now passed the U.S. House of Representatives," said Glenn Hughes, president of the American Sportfishing Association. "The Modern Fish Act represents the collective priorities of the recreational fishing community for improving federal marine fisheries management. There are 11 million saltwater anglers in the U.S. who have a $63 billion economic impact annually and generate 440,000 jobs. This legislation will help ensure that the economic, conservation and social values of saltwater recreational fishing will continue well into the future."
"We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for passing commonsense legislation modernizing the federal fisheries management system, which will provide America's recreational anglers and boaters reasonable and responsible access to public marine resources," said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. "The recreational boating industry calls on the U.S. Senate to pick up the baton, and immediately take up and pass S.1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017 (Modern Fish Act). Millions of Americans are counting on it."
"We are grateful to our champions from both sides of the aisle in the House for recognizing the needs of recreational anglers and advancing this important fisheries management reform," said Patrick Murray, president of Coastal Conservation Association. "This is truly a watershed moment for anglers in our never-ending quest to ensure the health and conservation of our marine resources and anglers' access to them."
"We thank the House Leadership, Congressman Young and the leaders of the House Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus for their leadership in finding bipartisan solutions to move the bill forward," said Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. "The provisions of the Modern Fish Act contained in H.R. 200 are a top priority for saltwater anglers across the United States and charts a clear course for effective recreational fisheries management while ensuring abundant, sustainable fisheries for future generations."
"We are on our way to pragmatic Magnuson-Stevens Act reform that will allow better access to rebuilt fish stocks while ensuring long-term sustainability," said Jim Donofrio, president of the Recreational Fishing Alliance
"Passing these provisions of the Modern Fish Act means taking the next important step in recognizing the cultural value of recreational fishing and conservation contributions of American anglers," said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. "We will continue to work with our sportfishing partners to engage with senators and see to it that the Modern Fish Act becomes law-it is critical if we hope to see saltwater anglers benefit from the advances in fisheries science, data collection, and management at the heart of this important legislation."
Following today's vote, the coalition encourages the Senate to quickly pass S. 1520. Marine recreational anglers and boaters are eager to see these landmark reforms signed into law.
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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Till next time....
Tight lines!

July 5, 2018



Red, of Surf City Pier, reports a good mixture of fish, with both red and black drum, spots, mullet, spadefish, blues, kings (up to 27 lbs.), both speckled and gray trout, and flounder all in the mix.
The spots and mullet are biting bloodworms at night, while the black drum are taking sand fleas and shrimp. Both cut and live baits are catching reds, while the blues and spanish are falling for plugs. Some spanish and the kings are hitting king rigs, and the flounder are eating live mud minnows and the occasional live shrimp.

Topsail Beach – Jul 5, 2018
Ryan Hales Jr. (age 6), from Wilmington, with a red drum caught in the Topsail area on a pogie.

Chris, of East Coast Sports, reports that the inshore red drum bite can’t be beat. Look for the reds on oyster rocks and docks.
A decent inshore flounder bite can be taken advantage of by using live bait or a bucktail.
On the surf, plugs are catching red drum near the inlets. There has also been a good presence of sea mullet, pompano, and spots. Sand fleas and Fishbites are the two top producing baits.
Nearshore fishing has been all about black sea bass and snappers. King mackerel and amberjacks have also been biting, in addition to plenty of mahi.
In the Stream, the mahi bite has been on fire.

Ben Hull with an 18″ flounder that he caught near Southport on a Gulp shrimp.

Chadwick, of South End Anglers, reports that while red drum fishing has still been good, it’s slowed down a little bit over the past few weeks. Docks, oyster beds, grass shorelines, and shallow bays are the best places to look for reds, where Skitterwalks, live and cut bait, and scented soft plastics on Fathom Belly Blade jig heads should entice them to bite.
Spanish fishing has been up and down, but your best chance of getting a bite is to fish Hogy Heavy Minnows and Epoxy minnows. Trolling #1 or #2 planers with 0 or 00 Clarkspoons in gold, pink flash, and electric chicken will do the best job of putting fish in the boat.
Cobia are holding on nearshore structure. Blue Water Candy jigs, Z-Man HeroZ, and live menhaden are all doing a good job of getting bites.
School-sized kings are biting Mag Divers, Drones and planers, and dead bait rigs.
Mahi have moved into shallower water, even coming as close as six miles. They’re biting plugs, dead bait rigs, and live bait. Plenty of sharks, barracuda, and amberjacks are around as well.
Bottom fishing has been productive for sea bass, grunts, vermilions, triggerfish, and grouper on metal jigs, squid, and frozen minnows.

Hope you enjoyed this report.

Till next time....
Tight Lines!

July 4, 2018

Black Drum at Carolina Beach, NC

Nice black drum caught by Steve B at Carolina Beach. From a post in Fishidy.com . Quote: "stepson and I met some buddies at the pier. caught a few slot black drum and a red drum out of the surf. croaker, mullet and spot too. it was a good night!"

A photo of Steve B's catch

Congratulations Steve B.! Nice catch!

Till next time....
Tight lines!