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Fishing

  • Gill net fishing not yet at an end

    Gill net fishing in North Carolina may be coming to an end because of federal and environmental concerns about sea turtles, but commercial fishermen are not going down without a fight.

    In an effort to reach a compromise that will save North Carolina’s gill net fishing industry, the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) voted last Friday to continue to allow large mesh gill net fishing, restricting it to four days a week.

    The MFC had been considering eliminating large mesh nets from May 15 to Dec. 15 to prevent interactions with sea turtles.

  • In cold weather, anglers can target redfish

    The weather has been harsh on area fishermen, but that hasn’t stopped some anglers from getting out and catching a few winter redfish anyway.

    Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters reports redfish have been biting well in the shallows despite bad conditions.

    “I fished (last week) and it was absolutely brutal, cold and windy,” Dickson said. “We only were out there about an hour but caught four small redfish 16-18 inches.”

  • FISH shows appreciation for troops

    North Carolina anglers have created a nonprofit organization dedicated to showing appreciation to the U.S military by taking service members fishing, including those who have been wounded in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Fishermen In Support of Heroes (FISH) organizes fishing experiences for American service members using the resources of North Carolina sportsmen volunteers and businesses, like fishing piers and charter boats. FISH became an official nonprofit corporation earlier this year.

  • OIFC to host bus trip to D.C. for fishermen's demonstration

    The Ocean Isle Fishing Center is joining with the Recreational Fishing Alliance and Southern Kingfishing Association in support of The Flexibility in Fishing Act, a bill that has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.

    Congressman Mike McIntyre is one of the co-sponsors of the bill, which is attempting to require more flexibility from the federal fishery managers, the NOAA, in managing stressed fish resources. This action and bill occurs as a result of total closures of several important fisheries and establishment of more and more “no fish” zones.

  • Recreational and commercial fishermen to rally for change in law

    Recreational and commercial fishermen will rally on the steps of the U.S. Capitol from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 in an organized demonstration against what the Recreational Fishing Alliance says are “unintended negative impacts” of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act.

    “The closures keep coming, and it’s good to see the collective fishing communities and industries, both recreational and commercial, calling for scientific-based Magnuson reform,” said Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).

  • Winter weather puts the chill on inshore fishing

    Winter weather has hampered inshore fishing lately, although there are still some fish out there and they are biting. Fish stocks seem to have come through the chill in pretty good shape so far.

    “The weather here has been extremely cold and fish kills have been reported in scattered areas, speckled trout being the most common,” said Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters.

    Redfish are among our most hearty fish and can be caught on days the weather allows fishing, although in really cold weather they tend to have lockjaw.

  • Prepare for spring fishing with homemade rigs; it’s an effective way to catch fish

    It won’t be long until spring arrives and with it the annual rebirth of the fishing season. Although you can still catch some fish now, most anglers are counting the days until warm temperatures roll in and our usual inshore species start to stir.

    In the downtime, there are several things anglers can do to prepare for spring fishing. Fishing is a sport in which you pretty much get what you give, so if you give a lot of extra time to the craft, you’re sure to get a good return in the form of tugs on the line when the action starts.

  • Redfish, trout, black drum targeted by inshore fishermen

    The recent frigid cold spell caused some fish kills in the state but it doesn’t appear we were hurt too badly here in Brunswick County. To the north of us there were reported kills of speckled trout (and black drum) that ran into the thousands of fish in a few places, but so far that hasn’t happened here.

    Meanwhile, anglers are watching the state’s reaction to the upcoming sea turtle lawsuit and how that might affect large-mesh inshore gill nets.

  • Time to stock up on lures and begin preparing your tackle box for warm weather

    Not many people are wetting a line right now, since it’s just too darn cold for most folks to get out after the fish. There might be a few trout or drum around, but if there are, they’re pretty safe. Instead, local anglers are preparing for warmer weather and the inevitable burst of the spring fishing season.

  • Cold weather slows onshore fishing action

    Water temperatures have plummeted with the ultra-cold weather, so no one is doing much fishing of any kind right now. We have had relatively mild winters for a few years and fishing has not really stopped, but this year is obviously going to be a little different.

    Before the weather got really extreme, the winter bite was going pretty good. Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters reports there was action out there.