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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 08, 1993, Page PAGE 3-A, Image 3

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Local Fishing Fraternity Loses Three Good Friends BY JAMIE M1LLIKEN April is finally here, the month I look forward to more than any other. Her cool mornings and warm afternoons mark the beginning of our beloved offshore fishing. The refreshing days of April bring new-found energy into my life that always fades into near hibema m CAPTAIN tion during the winter. W mT JAMIE'S These past few winter months were ? OFF^HDRF extremely hard for me and some fami M '"""'"onUnfc iies j dearly love who arc greatly tied to 1 FISHING the fishing community in southeastern ?V REPORT North Carolina. This past December Mr. Matcland Bellamy passed away. Mr. Matcland was a lifelong friend of the commercial fisherman, the men and women who carve out their living from gill nets, shrimp boats, crab pots and oyster rocks of Brunswick County. He was one of the most knowledgeable persons in the field of boats and fishing that I have ever met. Mr. Matcland may be gone, but his stories of life's experiences will always stay with me. February was not a kind month, either. Norman Farrow, a regular on the local billfishing tournament scene, died unexpectedly while on a business trip to Atlanta. Norman and his crew of the Double Exposure were always the class of the field in the Wrightsvillc Beach Marlin Tournament. 1 remem ber last November, while I was fishing aboard the Caribbean Soul, Norman gave me a call on the VHF and turned mc on to one of the best wahoo bites that I have ever witnessed. He was thai type of guy. How can anyone explain the loss of my good friend Ed Jones? Ed was a fierce competitor on the local kind mackerel fishing tournament trail. Only the ones who knew him and loved him like 1 did knew how much he loved this sport. Ed worked countless hours each year as a volunteer and sponsor of our South Brunswick Islands King Classic each Labor Day. Ed was an owner of Ocean Isle Motel and Marine, which has served yearly as an official weigh station for the tournament. I loved the hours that I spent fishing beside Ed and his crew of the Southern Style. I will always re call the hours of fellowship and stories of "the ones that got away" that we shared back at the docks. Ed, old buddy, you gave a great deal of time and effort to this sport, and your life will always be a part of the fishing fraternity of the South Brunswick Islands. I am pleased that your name will forever be on the ag gregate winners' trophy of my tour nament, the Jolly Mon King Classic held each July at Ocean Isle. It will be an honor to present the Ed Jones Award. Each of these three men was different, but their love of God's precious ocean was the same. ? ? ? So here it is April, and life is new again. The fish will start mov ing in close to shore as the water temperature continues to rise. King mackerel will begin to show up in the 30-mile range within the next two weeks. The Spanish and cobia runs will begin in May. Speaking of May, the 100-fathom line will again light up with blue marlin, wahoo and dolphin. I hope to bring you a vivid recreation of the Southern Kingfish Association's National Champion ship to be held this month in St. Petersburg, Fla. This promises to be an exciting shoot-out as 62 captains' chase the top prize. Please wish me and the crew of the Caribbean Soul lots of luck, and I hope to have a story for you when we return. Until next time, good fishin' This Week's Tide Table APRIL HIGH LOW Day Date A.M. P.M. A.M. P.M. Thursday 8 9:59 10.32 3:53 4:03 Friday 9 10:51 11:24 4:44 4:51 Saturday 10 11:42 5:33 5:42 Sunday 11 12:16 12.35 6:27 6:33 Monday 12 1:10 1:30 7:19 7:28 Tuesday 13 2:06 2:28 8:15 8:29 Wednesday 14 3:01 3:27 9:11 9:29 ADJUSTMENTS SHALLOTTE INLET?add 17 min. high tide, add 32 min. low tide. LOCKWOOD FOLLY?subtract 22 min. high tide, subtract 8 min. low tide. BALD HEAD ISLAND?subtract 10 min. high tide, subtract 7 min. low tide. SOUTHPORT?add 7 min. high tide, add 15 min. low tide. LITTLE RIVER?subtract 11 min. high tide, add 18 tnin. low tide. Beach Area POAs To Meet Saturday At least four local property own ers' associations plan meetings of some type Saturday, April 10. The Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association (POA) Board of Directors will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach. Sunset Beach POA meets at 10:30 a.m. at the fire station, with coffee and refreshments starting at 10 a.m. The Holden Beach POA meets at 10 a.m. at the town hall, with a board of directors' meeting at 9 a.m. The Harbor Acres POA will also meet Saturday at the Holden Beach Town Hall, at 2 p.m. Correction A child photographed on a play ground slide during the Spring Fling celebration at Union Primary School was incorrectly identified in a cut line in the April 1 edition of the Beacon. The child was actually Heather Hickman. POOR YEAR FOR MENHADFN Commercial Fish Catch Down Sharply In 7 992 BY DOUG RUTTKR North Carolina commercial fish ermen landed 27 percent fewer fish and shellfish in 1992 than ihcy did in 1991, mainly because of a poor year for menhaden. Also down last year were catch es of popular finfish including blues, croaker, flounder and Spanish mack erel and shellfish such as oysters and clams, according to state statistics. After harvesting 212,641,148 pounds of fish in 1991, Tar Heel an glers caught just 154,429,821 pounds last year for a decrease of 58,211,327 pounds or 27.4 percent. The value of the commercial landings fell accordingly, from S66.7 million in 1991 to S58 million last year. The poundage and dollar figures for 1992 were their lowest in at least seven years. "Overall the landings are down, and the landings of many of the de sirable and edible species arc down," said Mike Street of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. The largest drop was in commer cial finfish landings, which were down 32.7 percent compared to 1991. Most of the decrease can be blamed on a lousy year for men haden, which is caught for its oil and fish meal value. Commercial fisher men harvested 110 million pounds of menhaden two years ago and only 57 million pounds in 1992. "There was fairly poor fishing all along the Atlantic coast for men haden last year," Street said. He blamed North Carolina's 53-million pound decrease on severe weather during the peak menhaden months N.C. Commercial Fish Landings Year Pounds Value 198 6 168,881,954 $63,230,931 1987 157,323,919 $65,707,286 198 8 192,693,176 $77,756,754 198 9 165,197,479 $73,957,607 199 0 174,992,869 $70,692,290 1991 212,641,148 $66,787,706 199 2 154,429,821 $58,024,642 Source: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries of November and December. Also down in 1992 were com mercial landings of favorites such as flounder, bluefish, croaker, Spanish mackerel, pompano and spccklcd trout, according to preliminary sta tistics released last week. The flounder harvest fell more than 2 million pounds to 5.8 million pounds last year. Bluefish landings were down 28 percent to 2.8 million pounds, while the croaker catch dropped 19 percent to 2.8 million pounds. "The stocks of most of these fish arc stressed or depressed," said Street, indicating that the species arc suffering as a result of overfishing or environmental conditions. The commercial shellfish har vest fell 12.1 percent last year, from 55 million pounds in 1991 to 48 mil lion pounds. Fishermen reported de creased landings of shrimp, clams, crabs and oysters. The oyster harvest dropped only slightly last year, from 319,040 to 293,956 pounds, but the catch to taled 913,100 pounds just five years T ago. "Oysters continue to be very depressed," Street said. State officials blame the rapid decrease in oyster landings on bac terial pollution caused by septic tanks and stormwatcr runoff and tiny parasites that kill oysters. Street attributes last year's 27-percent de cline in the clam harvest to overfishing "Clams arc getting fished very, very hard and landings arc going downward," he said. The shrimp harvest dropped nearly 50 percent last year, from 10.7 million pounds to 5.5 million pounds. However, Street said the 1992 figure was about average and the previous year was cxccllcnt. Last year wasn't entirely bad for North Carolina fishermen. The grouper harvest increased from 609,520 pounds in 1991 to 761,909 pounds. Landings of drum also were up 23 percent last year to 134,787 pounds, while the commercial mul let harvest jumped 24 percent to 1.8 million pounds. Still in its infancy, the dogfish shark fishery saw a tremendous in crease in 1992 when fishermen land ed 8.6 million pounds for an in crease of nearly 600 percent. The harvest of other sharks also doubled to 1.3 million pounds. "Sharks arc about the highest they've ever been," Street said, adding that the dogfish sharks c;iught in nets off the Outer Banks arc usually shipped to Europe. Blue crab landings were down slightly from last year. But Street said the 40 million-pound harvest in 1992 was the second best on record and the SI2.8 million value was the greatest on record. Remaining about the same as the previous year was the commercial king mackerel harvest at just over 1 million pounds, shcepshcad at 47,526 pounds and spot at 2.8 mil lion pounds. Carolina Travel Agency Full-Service?Air, Sea and Land f NOW OPEN j 579-9638 10251 Beach Rd., Ilwy. 179, Calabash I Get ready for fishing season! WET & DRY STORAGE ? SHIP'S STORE ? BAIT ? TACKLE ? 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