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Releases – August 18, 2016

NOAA Fisheries Southeast is pleased to announce the introduction of our Text Message Alert Program. The program will allow you to sign...

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Tournament Report – Hook and Bones Redfish Open

Tournament Report – Hook and Bones Redfish Open

Capt. Mike Taylor with teammate John Roberts, of the “Taylormade Charters” fishing team, made a repeat performance in this year’s Hook and Bones Redfish Open, taking home a check for $5,000 for their two fish aggregate weight of 13.63 lbs. Taylor didn’t pre-fish prior to the tournament, but instead...

Tournament Report – Southport Inshore Challenge

Tournament Report – Southport Inshore Challenge

Adding a second 3.93 lb. flatfish to their single big flounder weighing in at 5.7 lbs., Sam Daughtry and “Team Parker” took home first place with a 9.63 lb. aggregate weight in the Southport Inshore Challenge. The event was held August 5-6 at the Southport Marina. Going into the event, Daughtry thought...

Tournament Report – 2016 TJM Kayak Fishing Tournament

Tournament Report – 2016 TJM Kayak Fishing Tournament

Catching the Grand Slam (flounder/speckled trout/redfish) aggregate title, Nathan Culp won the division and took home a new Native Slayer 13 Propel fishing kayak during the 8th annual TJM Charity Kayak Fishing Tournament. This is the fifth year that Culp has fished the tournament, but just having had...

Tournament Report – 2016 Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge

Tournament Report – 2016 Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge

A 4.03 lb. flatfish brought to the scales by Kyle Jefferys and Team “Hemmed Up” earned first place in the Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge’s flounder division. Kyle Stewart, of “Team Stumpjumper,” took first in the redfish division with the 7.19 lb. red drum they brought to the scales at...

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Releases – August 4, 2016

Federal fishery managers are currently soliciting public input on proposed measures that may affect fishermen fishing in federal waters ranging from 3 to 200 miles offshore along the Atlantic coast. A series of…

Releases – July 21, 2016

The marine fisheries division has certified a new state record for pigfish. Jason Edwards, of Rocky Mount, caught the 2 lb., 12 oz. fish on May 23 while fishing on the “Capt. Stacy IV” about 30 miles southeast…

Releases – July 7, 2016

Coastal recreational fishermen hooked more fish in 2015 than they did in 2014. Anglers brought an estimated 10.2 million fish to the docks in 2015, an increase of 6.8 percent over 2014. The estimated weight of these…

Releases – June 23, 2016

The House version of the 2016-17 biennial budget contains funds for marine fisheries law enforcement and oyster restoration. Funds for oyster restoration specifically include the following items: $1.5 million in…

Releases – June 9, 2016

Commercial and recreational saltwater fishing in the United States generated more than $214 billion in sales and supported 1.83 million jobs in 2014, according to a new economic report released by NOAA Fisheries…

Releases – May 26, 2016

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. The commission…

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Product Review – Smith Docksides

Product Review – Smith Docksides

Smith Docksides’ design is optimized to virtually eliminate distracting glare both in front and behind the lens. Crafted in Italy, the large eye wire and wide temples maximize coverage and eliminate side glare, while spring hinges act to provide a perfect...

Product Review: Engel Live Bait Cooler

Product Review: Engel Live Bait Cooler

Engel’s Live Bait Cooler will keep your mullet minnows, shrimp, or other live bait ready for showtime, thanks to the powerful 2X2 air pump and insulated cooler box. The 2-speed air pump keeps the water fully aerated, and the insulated cooler shields...

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Guide Time – A Burst of White

Guide Time – A Burst of White

“Right..Now, hahahaha,” snarled Jonny Rotten’s voice from the speakers behind me as the opening chorus of “Anarchy in the UK” got underway. The white marlin separated from me by 75 yards of chartreuse monofilament was evidently a Sex Pistols...

Guide Time – Breaking out the Options

Guide Time – Breaking out the Options

There are any number of reasons to take your fall flounder fishing out in the ocean, but on our day with Capt. Justin Ragsdale of Breakday Charters out of Atlantic Beach, the recent heavy rains of Hurricane Joaquin were reason alone to head out Beaufort...

Guide Time – Stripes on Ice

Guide Time – Stripes on Ice

Striped, svelte, speedy, and stellar on the table (raw, cooked, and all points in between), what angler doesn’t love the wahoo? North Carolina boasts perhaps the most enviable wahoo fishery north of the Caribbean, and blue water anglers in the state...

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Cricket II Project

Cricket II Project

The Cricket II – the boat that inspired the book and movie JAWS – has launched her 2015 fishing season in eastern North Carolina. This is the first full season the vessel will operate within her new mission: enriching the lives of veterans and wounded warriors with fishing adventures aboard the world famous Cricket II. […]

Onslow Bay Artificial Reef Association

Onslow Bay Artificial Reef Association

Born out of the Wrightsville Beach King Mackerel Tournament’s consistent support of local habitat enhancement, the Onslow Bay Artificial Reef Association took over the role of promoting man-made structure at the many reefs from Cape Lookout to Cape Fear in 2001. Made up of a longtime group of local anglers, the Association has worked to […]

Local Favor – Catch Modern Seafood

Local Favor – Catch Modern Seafood

The local flavor of Wilmington’s Catch Modern Seafood isn’t just limited to the enticing menu, as diners are greeted not only by friendly host staff when they walk in the door, but handsome marine-themed metalwork and coastal photography adorning the bar and dining area walls by local artists (like Matt Davis of Marine Copper Design). […]

The Best Month

The Best Month

I remember my dad used to tell his secretary to mark him off for the months of May and October. As far as he was concerned, those months were dedicated strictly to fishing, and as such, less important things like work would have to wait. May is the best month for Gulf Stream trolling off […]

Wash the Deck

Wash the Deck

Boat ownership means much more than signing paperwork and turning a key—boats need proper maintenance. Batteries, pumps, curtains, cushions, and more all require regular care, but one of the easiest yet most important steps in maintaining a boat is a proper washdown. Keeping your vessel washed and waxed will protect it from the toll that […]

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