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January
Carolina's Rules & Regulations
SC Rules & Regulations
NC Rules & Regulations

 NOTICE: Many of the little used inlets have

silted over .... use caution...

 

         Fishing Report...      

What a difference a couple of weeks make! December was giving us record catching and then came the holiday weeks! As I write this, we are breaking all kinds of records weatherwise with temperatures in the teens every day for two or more weeks. Of course, this relates to NO fish reports. So, from the week of Christmas through to the week of the New Year holiday, most anglers are bundled up and trying to stay warm inside. Nasty, nasty stuff.

            Meanwhile, the Cobia season has reopened on January 1st but the Grouper season (Species include gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, yellowmouth grouper, yellowfin grouper, graysby, and coney) has closed from January 1, 2018 and will reopen on May 1, 2018. Also, the Amberjack season is closed until March 1, 2018.

            Once the weather clears, Tubbs Inlet, Bonapartes Creek, Dunn Sound, Sunset Beach Bridge and all along the ICW should be producing enough fish to keep it interesting. And don’t forget the swing bridge area in North Myrtle Beach as well as the Main Street Bridge on the ICW. When fishing south of the boat ramps under the RT17 Bridge, be aware you will need a freshwater SC fishing license to fish there.

            Start looking near the Little River Swing Bridge for a few Flounder, but mostly Spotted Seatrout and Striped Bass will be taking advantage of the warmer water there. The Flounder will be around the bridge’s bulkheads. Live bait, if you can get it, is the way to go. If not, then try scented artificials. The key to catching is to stay near structure where the fish feel safer and a bit warmer.

            Hopefully the weather will get back to normal and we will start catching fish again. Send in what photos you have and send in the fish reports. Meanwhile, stay warm!

 

            If you have info on the local fishing,, email THE ANCHOR  at SeacoastAnglers@aol.com and let us know.

 

South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin     

Bringing Fishing News to You

 

FB17-078

FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE DATE: December 18, 2017

CONTACT: Sustainable Fisheries 727-824-5305 

   Recreational and Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Cobia (Georgia through New York) to Open in Federal Waters in 2018       

 

 KEY MESSAGE:

Recreational and commercial harvest of Atlantic migratory group cobia (from Georgia through New York) will open at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2018, in federal waters.  

 

For recreational fishermen:

The recreational bag limit is one cobia per person per day, or six cobia per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

The recreational minimum size limit is 36 inches fork length.

For commercial fishermen:

The commercial trip limit is two cobia per person per day, or six cobia per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

The commercial minimum size limit is 33 inches fork length.

 

PROCLAMATION

RE: SPOTTED SEATROUT – COMMERCIAL AND

RECREATIONAL FISHERY CLOSURE – COLD

STUN EVENTS

This proclamation supersedes proclamations FF-18-2017

and FF-19-2017, dated May 5, 2017. It closes the commercial

and recreational spotted seatrout fishery due to cold

stun events, in accordance with the management strategy

outlined in the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management

Plan. The spotted seatrout fishery will open June 15, 2018

by proclamation.

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine

Fisheries, hereby announces that effective 3:00 P.M.

Friday, January 5, 2018, the following will apply to spotted

seatrout:

I. HARVEST RESTRICTIONS

It is unlawful to possess, transport, buy, sell or offer for

sale spotted seatrout taken from coastal and joint fishing

waters of North Carolina except dealers will have until

Friday, January 12, 2018 to dispose of unfrozen spotted

seatrout in their possession taken prior to the closure.

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