Input sought on fishing rules of spot, Atlantic croaker varieties

CorrespondentJune 11, 2014 

Two popular fish species – spot and Atlantic croaker – will be the topics of much discussion in coming days and weeks.

North Carolina is one of four states gathering public comment at meetings today through Wednesday on draft addenda to fishery management plans being prepared by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries hearing is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 W., Morehead City. For information, contact Michelle Duvall at 252-808-8011.

A hearing will be held Thursday in Annapolis, Md. Other hearings are Monday in Newport News, Va., and Wednesday in Brunswick, Ga.

The draft addenda are available at www.asmfc.org/about-us/public-input. Comment by 5 p.m. July 2 via fax to 703-842-0741 or via email to krootes-murdy@asmfc.org (subject line: croaker/spot draft addendum).

Free presentations: The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort is offering free tips from fishing experts.

Thursday at 2 p.m., Spec Fever Guide Service’s Gary Dubiel will speak on red drum. Friday at 2, the topic will be inshore fishing around Beaufort Inlet, with tips from N.C. Aquariums natural science curator Jeff McBane.

On Saturday at 2, Fish/n 4 Life Charters’ Jeff Cronk will talk about nearshore flounder fishing. Learn more at www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.

Kids have fun: About 60 young outdoors enthusiasts turned out at Lake Wheeler Park on Saturday for the inaugural Outdoor Fun and Conservation Day, a collaboration of the Wake County Greenwing Ducks Unlimited Chapter, Raleigh Parks and Recreation and other organizations.

Park assistant manager Ben Coats said Tuesday that moving the traditional Kids Fishing Derby from Simpkins Pond to the lakeside beach proved beneficial to young anglers, and kids lined up for numerous activities, including the popular N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission BB gun shoot and the N.C. Hunter Supply archery shoot. The success helped assure the event’s return on the first Saturday in June as part of National Fishing and Boating Week.

“We’re definitely excited about doing it again next year,” Coats said.

Seasons close: As of this past Saturday, the recreational seasons for snowy grouper and golden tilefish closed because catch limits were reached, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said in proclamation FF-37-2014. For more seasons and regulations, visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/noticesandnews.

Red wolf hearing: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a hearing on proposed temporary rules regarding coyote hunting in the red wolf reintroduction area in the northeastern counties of Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort and Washington. The hearing is set for 7 p.m. June 19 at Columbia High in Tyrrell County. Public comment ends June 23. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/ProposedRegulations.aspx.

Masseys win: Todd Massey of Chapel Hill and son Chris Massey of Siler City caught five bass weighing 22.23 pounds to win the Boats Unlimited N.C. Team Tournament Bass Trail Final Qualifier No. 7 on May 31 at Farrington Point on Jordan Lake. First prize was $1,130.

The trail championship, for anglers who qualified through earlier events, will be fished at Kerr Lake out of Flemingtown ramp on Saturday, tournament director Phil McCarson said. Weigh-in is at 3 p.m. Learn more at piedmontbassclassics.com.

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