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NOVA Southeastern University Scientist and assistant professor, David W. Kerstetter, who received a federal Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) in 2017 to conduct longline research in Florida’s east coast closed zone, has submitted an application for a new EFP, but this time without including the university. In 2017, Dr. George L. Hanbury, NSU’s president, halted Kerstetter’s project when advised by TBF...
  Spring Pier King Run Fires Off Along Southern N.C. Coast By Capt. Jerry Dilsaver - PCF Staff                   They're Baaaack!  The run of spring kings along the southern N.C. coast often begins during April and it did again this year - barely.  Randy Robbins of James Island, S.C. was fishing from Oak Island Pier on Saturday, April 30, and kept watching...

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The Other Kingfish When many fishermen hear the word kingfish, they think of king mackerel.  That's a natural thought progression, with king mackerel being sleek, fast, powerful and growing to nearly 100 pounds.  They definitely are kingly fish, with all the attributes to put them at the top level of the ocean's hierarchy, even though those largest kings are actually...
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January Freeze Closes NC Speckled Trout Season More Stunned and Dead Trout Still Being Found The winter weather at the North Carolina Coast usually ranges from cold to cool, sometimes turning warm, and only occasionally becoming very cold.  2018 began during one of those few periods the weather was very cold.  The freezing temperatures began with overnight visits the last few...
NOAA Fisheries is transferring 26 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna quota from the Reserve category to the January 2019 subquota period, resulting in a subquota of 75 mt for January 2019. Although it is called the “January” subquota, the regulations allow the General category fishery under this quota to continue until the subquota is reached or March 31,...
ASA 60 in 60
Alexandria, VA – December 6, 2018 – The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), which represents the sportfishing industry, highlighted what the industry is doing to increase recreational fishing participation during the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) annual State Marketing Workshop held December 5 and 6, in Atlanta, Ga. ASA staff focused on what the industry can do to support...
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2017 Cape Lookout Shootout Series Leg 2 and 3 Highlight VIDEO  
Getting Started: Buying a Redfish Boat Part 3 of 4 By: J. Dwayne Smith Team Padrick and Smith “The Redfish Guys” Introduction: When Team Padrick and Smith, “The Redfish Guys”, had the idea of beginning “The Getting Started” series of articles, our goal was to help the upstart inshore angler save some time and money by giving advice on tackle, gear, fishing techniques,...
Coast Guard warns mariners of no offshore radio communications along NC coast
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reported a loss of radio communication capability Thursday. The Coast Guard cannot monitor radio traffic offshore and is urging mariners to use extreme caution throughout the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone. Mariners are reminded to check all safety equipment, carry a fully charged cell phone, and file a float plan with a friend...
The Council chose to increase the commercial and recreational Cobia minimum size limit to 36 inches fork length.
NOAA Requests Comments on Atlantic Cobia Rules NOAA Fisheries requests comments on Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region and a proposed rule for Atlantic group cobia. Atlantic cobia is managed from Georgia through New York. The proposed action would remove Atlantic cobia from the fishery management...

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Critical Connections to Fall’s Toothy Critters

As waters cool during the fall, toothy critters – musky, pike, and walleye – enter into their annual feeding binge, devouring sufficient baitfish and...