Local Anglers Reeling In Blues, Spanish
BY DOUG RUTTER
Pier anglers caught blue fish and a
few Spanish mackerel last week and
continued to reel in the spots that
have made the 1991 spring fishing
season one of the best in recent years.
"It's still good fishing," Gil Bass
of Holden Beach Fishing Pier said
Monday. "We're very pleased how
the season's going thus far."
Fishermen at ihc three South
Brunswick Island piers caught plen
ty of small "spring" spots last week,
as well as blues, whiting, a few
flounder and some of the first Span
ish mackerel of the year.
Ed Kayler of Sunset Beach Fish
King Mackerel Season
Kicks Into High Gear
BY JAMIE MILLIKEN
Area king mackerel fishermen enjoyed calm seas and
screaming reels this past week. Anyone fishing 24 miles or
farther had no trouble catching their limit as our kingfish sea
son kicked into high gear. There were rADTAiw
even reports of a 36-pound king being CAPTAIN
taken on one of the local fishing piers. JAMIE'S
Sammy Sessions of Ocean Isle Beach OFFSHORE
took advantage of a beautiful fishing day FISHING
last week and fished his boat, the Shoot ocdadt
Star III, 50 miles out. He and his crew
enjoyed catches of large grouper, pink snapper, triggerfish
and black sea bass.
This past week also produced the first sighted school of
Spanish mackerel. This is great news for the many who visit
our area each year and fish for Spanish. These fish are easily
caught by fast trolling a "Clark spoon" around the school.
These fish are real fighters, considering their size, and it is a
thrill on light tackle; not to mention how good they are on the
The Gulf Stream has moved out this week. Its last posi
tion had it tracking along the 100-fathom line. This should
produce hot action in the area of the "Georgetown Hole."
Catches of tuna, wahoo, dolphin and even marlin can be ex
pected in that area.
That's it for this week. Until next, tight lines, bent rods
and good fishin'.
STARTING MAY 1
TED Rules Resume For Shrimpers
Shrimp fishermen must resume
using turtle excluder deviccs
(TEDs) in their nets next week or
otherwise comply with federal rules
designed to protect sea turtles.
Starting May 1 . trawlers that are at
least 25 feet long and shrimp in the
ocean must be equipped with TEDs,
according to an N.C. Division of
Marine Fisheries news release.
Smaller vessels and all shrimp
boats working inshore have the op
tion of using TEDs or limiting their
tow time to 90 minutes.
Shrimpers who choose the 90
minute tow time will not be restrict
ed to a specific time schedule, ac
cording to the news release.
However, violations of the tow
time could result in stricter enforce
ment. Federal officials could desig
nate starting times for trawling and
periods when no trawling would be
allowed unless nets were equipped
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They allow turtles to escapc the nets
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Federal agents and the Coast
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which are the same as those in ef
fect last year.
ing Pier said anglers caught lois of
blues at the end of last week before
weekend rains. One fisherman
caught 21 blues in 90 minutes last
"The spots they were catching
weren't big, but the numbers were
high," Kayler added. "We had a
couple of people catch 300 spots
one day last week."
Fishermen also caught spots,
blues and some trout in the inland
waterway, said Mary Roscoc of Sea
Mist Camping Resort at Brick
"The fishing's been real good,"
she reported Monday morning.
"The fish are doing better and the
spots are getting larger. They're bit
ing like crazy."
Spokespersons at the local fishing
piers haven't reported any catches of
king mackerel so far this year. But
Kayler said several fishermen told
him they spotted kings from the end
of the Sunset Beach pier.
"I haven't seen any kings my
self," Kayler said. "But about four
people told me they saw them
jumping the other day."
While pier fishermen wait for the
season's first king, anglers working
offshore have been running into
more and more kings every week.
Jesse Hayes of Captain Pete's
Seafood at Holden Beach said fish
ermen caught several kings last
week at the sea buoy off Lockwood
Most of the king mackerel have
been caught farther offshore. Steve
Speros of Captain Jim's Marina at
Calabash said several anglers
caught their limit in kings last week
about 30 miles outside. They also
caught black bass, snapper, dolphin
and black Tin and yellow fin tuna.
"It looks good. It looks real
good," Speros said. "I think we're
going to have a good year."
Hayes agreed. "It looks like it's
going to be a real good spring," he
said. "It looks like we ought to have
a good year if everything continues."
Day Date AM P.M. A M. P.M.
Thureday 25 6:07 6:42 12:15
Friday 26 6:56 7:29 12:47 1:00
Saturday 27 7:39 8:11 1:34 1:42
Sunday 28 8:24 8:53 2:20 2:23
Monday 29 9:02 9:32 3:02 3:02
Tueiday 30 9:39 10:09 3:41 3:39
Wfedneiday 1 10:16 10:46 4:22 4:17
SHALLOTTE INLET? add 17 mm.
high tide, add 32 min. low tide.
LOCKWOOD FOLLY? iubtract 22
min. high tide, iubtract 8 min. low tide.
BALD HEAD ISLAND ? iubtract 10
min. high tide, subtract 7 min. low tide.
SOUTH PORT ? add 7 min. high tide,
add 15 min. low tide.
LITTLE RTVER ? add 7 min. high
tide, add 7 min. low tide.
Waters Will Open For Fishing Pots
Fishermen can use fishing pots to
catch crab, eel. Fish and shrimp in
certain waters starting May 1.
Pots may be set in designated
coastal Fishing nursery areas, coastal
waters that arc closed to shrimp and
crab trawling and shellfish man
agement areas that have been plant
ed and posted by the state, according
to an N.C. Division of Marine Fish
Local waters that will open to
Fishing pots include Middle Bay,
Buzzard's Bay, Bay Creek, Cape
Creek, Bald Head Creek, and sec
tions of Bonaparte Creek, Shallotte
Inlet, Eastern Channel, Elizabeth
River and Cape Fear River.
Pots can't be set in any marked
navigation channel, in the middle
third of any other channel or in any
other location where they might con
statute a hazard to navigation. Fish
ing pots can't be used after Oct. 31.
Heavy Rain Halts
All waters between Southport
and the South Carolina state line
closed to shellfishing Monday after
a heavy weekend rainfall.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fish
eries closed the areas, which include
all of the Elizabeth River, because of
the resulting runoff and pollution.
The South Brunswick Islands
area received approximately 2.75
inches of rainfall last week.
It is illegal to take or attempt to
take clams or other shellfish from a
closed area, or to sell or offer for sale
shellfish taken from a closed area.
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Surfers Win In Garden City
Four members of Shalloltc Mid
dle School's surfing team won tro
phies at the National Scholastic
Surfing Association (NSSA) contest
April 13 in Garden City, S.C.
Shallotte Shredders winning tro
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overall; Stan Russ, second overall;
Joe Powell, first overall; and Raja
Lofiand, first overall in body board.
Also scoring points for Shallotte
Middle at the contest were Zachary
Hicks and Rocky Fallon, who both
finished fourth in their heats.
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teain at sanctioned contests.
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most points during the season quali
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June 24-27 in Oceanside, Calif.
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Coach Marty Mentzcr said local
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the team through donations or by
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