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    Shark Didn't Get Free
Lunch This Time Around
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Tlic SiMith Brunswick Hands continued to have strong thunder
storms last week Hi v were the result ol .1 low pressure svstcm that
smiled over tmicli ol the South. \ steads 15*20
knot southwest w ind kepi tlK' ocean water rough
and made lor unlavoiaMe tithing conditions. As
ol this writing. iIk" frontal s\stem has moval out
oi our area aiul I tvhe\ e conditions w ill improve
Ihete were inch caught last week b> those
who chose !?? dodge tlu- thunderstorms. Last
week I told you about tlio that ate .1 possible record-breaking king
iisli and left Wayne Hill and I arry Fowler scratching their heads arul
wondering why. Well, tins week the shark does not get the tree lunch.
Here is how it gix's:
Paul Heiuiick was tishing with Jack Prince ami Phil Brinsfickl on
Phil's boat, the
Getaway. They had
been catching a fair
amount 01 kings as
they worked an
area 20 miles off
Shallotte Inlet. Ac
cording to Paul it
was a very routine
day ol fishing.
They were us
ing light tackle and
20-pound test line
(which is normal
?**- equipment for kinn
-K . x fishing). Paul was
. i?* V,- S doing battle with a
small king when a \er> large fish thrashed the water behind the king
and suddenly lie was on Paul's line No one 011 board got a good look at
what this sudden inv.ulei was. but the> knew two things; it was big and
it was strong! Il was not long into the light that they knew that it was a
large shark. Once jou have battle.! .1 shark \.hi never forget his tactics.
Alter a length'. the. Iv.s'.cd ; long. 200- plus pound
shatk. All this mnul >011. on a "Caiolma live b.ut rig" on 20-pound test
line. This is surely an example ol superb 1 idling skills. Congratulations,
gu>s. that was spoil hs| ing at its best.
The "Georgetown Hole'' has been the hot spot offshore lately. A
couple of m\ martin fishing buddies. J;m Caudle and Stuart Foxworth,
took Jim's sportsfisher. the Ihvr Chicken n> the hole last Saturday and
had a banner day. Their catch consisted ol tuna, dolphin, wahoo and
sailfish. Way to go. lello.vs. and thanks i.<r releasing the saillish.
* * *
I hat akffci covers the actiitn lor this week. I am trying to put togeth
er a tarpon fishing trip to Bald Head Island and it that goes as planned
I'll put you on the end of the rod battling a l(K)-poundcr next week.
Until then, light line- bent i?>ds and go. 1 lishin".
? ' ? W.??r
W* M
photo contributed
Veteran Lands Triggerfish
Jason Crow of Fayetteville caught this 10-pound citation trigger
fish Sunday aboard the Suiter Salty / out of llolden Heach. Crow
recently returned from Saudi Arabia with the 82nd Airborne
Division at Fort Bragj".
Fish For Cosh On Labor Day
The 1991 South Brunswick
Islands King Classic will he held
Labor Day Weekend in area waters,
where king mackerel are plentilul
during the tall of the >ear.
Cash will he awarded to the top
30 catches during the King Classic,
said Kathi (inssett. spokesman lor
the South Brunswitk Islands (.'ham
her ol Commerce, louinc) sponsor.
l'he Classic oilers $12,500 to
the angler bringing in the largest
king mackerel. Prizes included are:
second place, $5,<Wto; third place.
$2,500; and louitli place, SI ,(HM).
The next 15 place winners will
receive $5tXi and S.'S) prizes. Cash
prizes will also he awarded lor ag
gregate weight each day and a two
day total.
$50,000 will he awarded to the
angler catching a certified state re
cord king mackerel in N.C waters
during tlie lournarnent.
The King Classic is a captain's
choice tournament. Ihe event will
begin with Captain's meetings on
Friday, August <0 at 2 p in and !
p.m. Fishing days are Saturday and
Sunday, Aug. <1 and Sept I. from
On Sale At
the Shallotte, Lock wood Folly and
Little Kiver inlets. Weigh stations
are Marsh Harbour Marina, Cala
bash. llolden Beach Marina, Hold
en Beach, and Island Motel and
Marina. C^can Isle Beach.
The tournament has been sanc
tioned b\ the Southern King Fish
lor more information, contact
the chamber at P.O. Box 1380,
Shallotte, or call 754-6644.
Capt Adam Sanders
Shellfishing Closures Confuse Fishermen
Why docs the state close the
Lockwood Folly anil Shallotte
rivers to shellfish harvesting after it
rains? And why does the state allow
other waters to slay open when they
receive the same amount ol rainfall?
These are two questions that have
been on the minils of Brunswick
County commercial fishermen re
peatedly over the past lew years, as
the temporary closure of local oys
ter ami clam beds have become
Kill Woodell. a clammer from
Leland. is among those who are
confused by the way the stale han
dles the closing of shellfish waters.
"1 think it's pitiful the way they run
their little organization," he said re
Woodell said he understands the
need to close shellfish w aters when
they become polluted. But he and
others say they don't see how cer
tain areas can be shut down before
they are ever tested for bacteria.
TTicn also don't understand why
they may be allowed to market
clams harvested one morning from
a specific area, when the area may
be closed to shcllfishing that after
noon because of bacterial pollution.
Local fishermen also wonder
why New Hanover County waters
aren't closed to shcllfishing when
dial area gets just as much rain as
Brunswick County.
The answers to closure-related
questions aren't simple.
Closing waters to shcllfishing is
the work of two state agencies ? the
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
and the N.C. Division of Environ
mental Health's shellfish sanitation
"We spend a whole lot of time and effort
on that to make sure people know about
it as soon as possible."
? Rich Carpenter, district manager
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Shellfish sanitation officials rec
ommend closures to the state lish
eries director, who has the authority
to issue proclamations and close ar
eas. Marine fisheries officers arc
called on to notify the public and
enforce closures.
In Brunswick County, temporary
closures frequently occur alter a
heavy rainfall. Stormwater runoff
carries pollutants from the land into
the streams where they contaminate
oysters and clams and makes them
unsafe to eat.
The amount ol rainfall that must
occur before an area is closed to
shcllfishing depends on the location
and how dry it has been, according
to Patty Fowler ol shellfish sanita
The state branch has access to
rainfall measurements from Sunset
Beach, Shallottc, I ockwood Folly
River and Southport through three
Marine Fisheries officers and three
area residents.
Based on past studies, Ms.
Fowler said shellf ish sanitation offi
cials know how certain rivers and
streams will react to heavy rainfall
without having to check water sam
ples lor bacteria every time.
Under normal conditions, she
said I. ockwood Folly and Shallottc
rivers arc usually dosed alter a iwo
inch rainfall. Oilier local waters
close following three inches of rain.
Ms. Fowler said shellfish sanita
tion uses "very conservative" fig
ures to ensure fishermen don't har
vest polluted oysters and clams.
"Our main job is to protect the con
sumer of shellfish and make sure
Uiey're sale to eat."
To meet federal requirements,
shellfish sanitation also takes water
samples in each area five times a
year and conducts a routine bacteri
ological survey and shoreline sur
vey to check for potential pollution
Shellfish Sanitation Director Bob
Benton said waters and shellfish
don't become polluted as soon as
there is a heavy downpour. "There's
some lag time definitely," he said,
and it varies from place to placc.
It takes time for stormwatcr to
run from the land to streams and
ditches and into shellfish waters.
Oncc it gets into shellfish waters, it
also takes time for bacteria to affect
clams and oysters.
Benton said Shellfish Sanitation
and Marine Fisheries work together
to close areas as soon as possible al -
ter a significant rainfall.
Kith Carpenter, southern district
manager with the N.C. Division ol
Marine Fisheries, said law enforce
ment officers distribute proclama
tions to shclllish dealers as soon as
they are issued.
II it's low tide and she II fishermen
are working. Carpenter said officers
notify the fishermen from boats or
"We spend a whole lot of time
and effort on that to make sure peo
ple know about it as soon as possi
ble." he said. "The officers are able
to gel out into the field very, very
quickly to let people know an area
has been closed."
Depending on how long it takes
to notify the fishermen. Carpenter
said officers (ell them to keep what
they have harvested or put it back in
the water.
This Week's
Tide Table
Day Dale A.M. P.M. A.M. P.M.
Thursday 1 12:15 6:08 6:34
Friday 2 12:24 1:09 6:53 7:29
Saturday 3 1:17 2:12 7:48 8:35
Sunday 4 2:21 3:18 8:50 9:47
Monday 5 3:34 4:27 9:57 10:58
Tuesday 6 447 5.33 II .OS
Wednesday 7 5:56 6:36 12:02 12:07
high udc, add 32 min. low Udc.
LOCKWOOD FOI.l.Y ? subtract 22
min. high tide, subtract 8 min. low tide.
BALD IIRAD ISI.A\I>? subtract 10
min. high tide, subtract 7 min. low tide.
SOUTH FORT? add 7 min. high lide,
add 15 min. low tide.
LITTLE RIVKR? add 7 min high
tide, add 7 mm. low tide.
Storms Moke Dent
In Local Fishing
Local fishing centers report
mixed fishing results over a week
doited with thunderstorms, rains
and water spout sightings.
Captain Pete's
"All we have seen is a lot of wind,
a lot of rain and little fish," said
Jesse Hayes of Captain Pete's Ma
rina at Holden Beach. "The storms
have played havoc on the fishing."
He reported catches of king
mackerel, black sea bass and
The Lighter Knot of Sanford
landed a 38-pound king.
"If the rain keeps up, we will be
able lo fish on land," Hayes said.
"Hoping for better things next
Hughes Marina
Allison Hughes of Hughes Ma
rina at Shallotte Point echoed Hayes.
"It was not a good week for fish
ing," she said.
However, Mrs. Hughes said the
storms have only affected ocean
Inside anglers have landed more
catches of larger spots than previous
weeks, she said, along with floun
der, speckled trout and drum.
Ocean fishermen reeled in span
ish, king and black fish.
Mrs. Hughes reported that water
spou Ls spotted Saturday had brought
some boats in, while others stayed
out, catching spanish and king.
Sea Mist
Mary Roscoc of Sea Mist Camp
ing Resort at Bricklanding hail
nothing to report.
Pier Fishing
Jerry West of 1 lolden Beach Fish
ing Pier reported a lair week.
He said anglers caught spots,
whiting and shecpshead, as well as
some catfish, sand shark and floun
"It's been pretty slow, because
most of the seasonal fishermen are
here," he said.
Ocean Isle
"Fishing was great over last
week," said Curtis Williamson of
Ocean Isle Beach Pier. "Fishing
done real good from Wednesday to
On Saturday, Williamson said,
"The water spouts scared the people
off the pier and there were more
sightseers than fishermen."
He reported catches of spots,
blues and trout.
Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach Fishing Pier man
agement was not available Monday
State Opens Waters
To Shellfishermen
Brunswick County waters closcd
to shellfishing July 22 were reopen
ed last Friday by the N.C. Division
of Marine Fisheries.
Waters from Southport to the
South Carolina slate line had been
closcd July 22 following heavy rain
fall and runoff.
Stale officials reopened the waters
last week due to satisfactory bacteria
samples, according to a Marine
Fisheries proclamation.
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Fishing Pier early Thursday morning.
Waters Closed To Trawlers
Brunswick County waters includ
ing the Shallolte and Calabash rivers
and most of the Atlantic Intracoastal
Waterway were closed to shrimp and
crab trawlers last week.
Waters closed last Friday to pro
tect small white shrimp from trawl
nets, according to a proclamation
from the N.C. Division of Marine
The inland waterway from Yel
low Banks to the South Carolina
line was closed to trawlers.
Other areas affected were Bona
parte Creek. Jinks Creek, Eastern
Channel at Ocean Isle Beach, Davis
Creek and pari of the Cape Fear
Rich Carpenter, southern district
manager with the Division of
Marine Fisheries, said he is "cau
tiously optimistic" about the white
shrimp season.
"It looks pretty good right now,"
he said. "When you have variables
like the weather and that you never
North C irolina commercial fisher
men harvested about 1.15 million
pounds of white shrimp last year
worth more than S2.5 million, ac
cording 10 Marine Fisheries statistics.
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