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2015 Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

2015 Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC Dec. 18, 2014 – Matt Johnson, owner of Johnnie Mercer’s Pier has announced that the 2015 Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament will be held on January 24, from 1pm to 8 pm at his pier in Wrightsville Beach. This is the 10th year of the tournament and we are looking to make it special. One change this year is that there will be a raffle for a local animal shelter prior to the event and there will be a collection of pet treats for that shelter. Participants are asked to make a donation of a dog or cat treat if they desire. Last year with 100 anglers fishing the event only one fish was caught and was […]

Getting People Underwater
By December 16, 2014 Read More →

Getting People Underwater

Coastal communities are no different than any other with one big exception: the Ocean.  Folks who live at the coast have a common environmental bond, whether they have realized it or not.  In West Palm Beach, it is Jim Abernethy’s mission to bring locals together to strengthen that bond while creating an entire community of environmental champions who take marine conservation very seriously.  Jim and his network of local stewards are not only practicing efforts to cleanup, conserve, and protect their coastal community environment; they also mentor others to continue the movement. I met Jim while on a dive vacation and we struck up conversation as I returned my tank to his shop after an impromptu underwater cleanup at the Blue […]

Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

RALEIGH, NC Dec. 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons. Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity. The proposals meet the General Assembly’s directive and follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chronic Wasting Disease Program standards when regulating deer, elk and other ruminants in the cervid family. In addition, the temporary rules would allow captive cervid licensees to sell antlers, antler velvet and hides from the animals held at their facilities. Of interest to anglers are 36 proposals including additions to Public Mountain Trout Waters and […]

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014

Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]

Coastinista:  Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)
By October 31, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)

A few years ago, as seen in these photos, I was doing a beach cleanup at the South end of Topsail Island and came across this Common Loon that was hooked, tangled, and emaciated. I was able to grab him, remove the hook and line, but he was still in bad shape.  I took him to Possumwood Acres Wildlife Rehab in Hubert where he recovered and was released. This is not all that uncommon and happens from time-to-time when surf and pier fishing. This summer, while attending the Southeastern Marine Debris Consortium Workshop in Charleston, I got a text message from a friend, who was pier fishing, with a photo of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle entangled in his line. I […]

Three Lakes in Jackson County Will Not Receive Fall Trout Stockings

Three Lakes in Jackson County Will Not Receive Fall Trout Stockings

RALEIGH, NC Oct. 7, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission cancelled trout stockings in three Jackson County lakes this fall because of low water levels resulting from maintenance work on dams. Bear, Wolf Creek and Tanassee lakes will not receive fall trout stockings because Duke Energy, which owns the lakes, is performing maintenance on the lakes’ dams and will draw down the water. Normal stockings will resume in spring after the work is completed and water levels return to normal. Although these three lakes will not be stocked this fall, anglers can fish other trout waters in Jackson County that will receive regularly scheduled trout stockings. These include Balsam Lake and the Delayed Harvest section of the Tuckasegee River. For […]

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Charlotte Girl Reels in State Record Green Sunfish

Charlotte Girl Reels in State Record Green Sunfish

CRESTON, NC August 15, 2014 — It was a team effort that landed 13-year-old Victoria Navaroli a state record fish from a private pond in Creston. In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with ¼ of a nightcrawler and then handed his fishing rod to her. Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish. The fish weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces and measured 12 inches in length, breaking the previous state record, held since 2008 by Sean Vanderburg, by 1 ounce. While some brothers might not appreciate the irony of handing over a rod and reel to watch a sibling reel in a state […]

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US Open King Mackerel Tournament October 2nd – 4th, 2014

US Open King Mackerel Tournament October 2nd – 4th, 2014

36th Anniversary U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament October 2nd , 3rd  and 4th  at Southport Marina   SOUTHPORT, NC August 7, 2014 – Thirty-six years ago a group of forty community leaders met and decided that they needed an event to showcase the great fall fishing Southport-Oak Island area has to offer. Those community leaders signing a promissory note at a local financial institution guaranteed the $10,000 first place prize money for the first tournament – thus the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was born. The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast of the United States attracting 425 boats in 2013. An all CASH GUARANTEED prize structure adds to […]

North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

North Carolina Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

RALEIGH, NC July 28, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1. Changes include: Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses. Eligibility requirements for senior licenses, which raise the age to 70 for residents who were born after Aug. 1, 1953. The age requirement remains 65 for residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953. Elimination of county licenses, which include Resident County Hunting, Resident County Trapping, and Resident County Inland Fishing. Increased reciprocal license fees for Georgia, […]

Del Brown Invitational Permit Won By Hardy Pro Angler Nathaniel Linville

Del Brown Invitational Permit Won By Hardy Pro Angler Nathaniel Linville

Hardy Proaxis-X Plays Major Role COLUMBIA, SC July 24, 2014 – Nathaniel Linville was named Grand Champion at the 2014 Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament in Key West, Florida. Linville, with Captain Aaron Snell, caught and released five permit during the three-day tourney. There were fifteen permit caught and released by the fifteen angler/captain teams. Linville and partner Captain Aaron Snell, both of Key West, accumulated 800 points including the largest permit of the tournament measuring 32 inches to the fork. The nearest competitors had won the event three of the five previous years but could only score 300 this year. Linville caught his permit on one-piece Hardy Proaxis X 8-foot 10 inch, 8- and 9-weight fly rods. The Del […]

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