November 26, 2014

Rained Out

I woke up early today about 5 am. The rain had finally stopped, so I decided to hit the beach and throw a mirro-lure for a while, which turned out to be a very short while. The ocean was beautiful, and very angry. Huge waves and white water!  After a few minutes the rain came back so I grabbed my bucket and headed to the truck. On the access steps the bottom fell out. Long story short, I got soaked, with water even getting in my waders.

As I read the morning report from Surf City Pier today, I was thinking how I would miss their morning video report after they close. I would like to thank the folks at Surf City Pier for their morning report. I am going to miss starting my day without the SC Pier report each morning. But they will be back in March to keep us informed.

A note: Surf City Pier will be closing in a few days so if you haven't already, get your 2015 Season Pass before they close. The speckled trout will be around all the way to December something, and you can't get on the pier after they close unless you have a key, so don't procrastinate.

Visit the Surf City Pier website (http://www.surfcityoceanpier.com/) or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/surfcitypier) to get their morning report.

Till  next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny and Donna

September 24, 2014

Lunkerville's Videos

If you love fishing, you must watch this fishing video! It is awesome!

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Lunkerville's Videos

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



I may have posted this picture before but it's worth another look.





Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc

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Proud anglers withstand the weather to catch a cooler full!  Don't it seem when the weather is miserable the spots are hungry!



Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



Nice trout! It's that time of the year!



Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



Can you save "Fish Fry?"



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Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



Can you save "Fish Fry?"



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Photos from Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.'s post - Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



Two at a time!



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More spots from SC Pier!



Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.



MMM! Good looking spots!



September 3, 2014

Topsail – August 28, 2014 Fishermans Post

Topsail – August 28, 2014 | + Fishermans Post









Mac McLemore with a Topsail Island red drum that struck a soft plastic shrimp in the sound at Topsail while he was fishing with Capt. Jason Dail of Silverspoon Charters.



Mac McLemore with a Topsail Island red drum that struck a soft plastic
shrimp in the sound at Topsail while he was fishing with Capt. Jason
Dail of Silverspoon Charters.



August 31, 2014

Darryl Davis II, of Jacksonville 32″ red drum




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Darryl Davis II, of Jacksonville, NC, with a 32″ red drum he caught and released near Sneads Ferry after it struck a live finger mullet.


 Matthew Merriman, of Jacksonville
Matthew Merriman, of Jacksonville, with a 23" re ddrum that bit a spoon in the New River south of Jacksonville.

 Matthew Merriman, of Jacksonville, with a 23″ re ddrum that bit a spoon in the New River south of Jacksonville.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

August 14, 2014

Fisherman's Post Topsail Area Fishing Report – August 14, 2014


Topsail/Sneads Ferry Fishing Reports






Bonita Rogers Miller, of Jacksonville, NC, with a fat speckled trout that bit a Carolina-rigged finger mullet in the New River near downtown Jacksonville.





















Michelle and Melissa Cherry with Michelle’s first dolphin, a cow that bit a ballyhoo behind a black/red chugger 35 miles off Topsail Inlet while they were fishing with Tim Powell on the “Timtation.”


Jackson Wright (age 8) holds an 8.2 lb. sheepshead that bit a live finger mullet near some inshore structure at Surf City. Weighed in at East Coast Sports.

D.J., of East Coast Sports, reports that there’s been an excellent speckled trout bite in the New River in recent days, and anglers are fooling the fish on topwater plugs, suspending hard baits like MirrOlure MR17’s, soft plastics, and live baits.
Red and black drum are feeding along the ICW, on the flats, and around structure like docks. Anglers can tempt the reds to bite live baits or a variety of artificials, with shrimp and fiddler crabs as top choices for the black drum.
Flounder fishing inshore has also been excellent lately, with good numbers of fish coming from inshore structure and the creeks.
The flounder bite has been solid in the ocean as well, where the fish are feeding around nearshore rocks, ledges, and artificial reefs. Live baits will work in the ocean, but Gulp baits pinned to bucktail jigs can be even more effective.
Spanish mackerel and bluefish are feeding just off the beachfront, and anglers are hooking both while working casting lures from the piers and trolling Clarkspoons and other shiny offerings from boats.
Not many reports have come in from offshore lately, but there is still a decent dolphin bite for boats making the run to the Gulf Stream.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

August 1, 2014

Topsail Fishing Report– July 31, 2014 Fishermans Post

Topsail Fishing Report from Fisherman's Post July 31,2014
Chandler Rosenbaun with a 33 lb. (minus tail) king mackerel that bit a live bait off the end of Jolly Roger Pier.
Chandler Rosenbaun with a 33 lb. (minus tail) king mackerel that bit a live bait off the end of Jolly Roger Pier.
Cathy, of East Coast Sports, reports that surf casters are hooking some red and black drum, bluefish, spot, and croaker along the island’s beachfront. Shrimp are fooling most of the fish.
Some spanish mackerel and bluefish are feeding just off the beaches, and anglers are hooking them while working Gotcha plugs from the piers and trolling Clarkspoons from boats.
Several king mackerel have been landed from the island’s piers over the past week, so boaters should be able to target them fairly close to land right now. Live baits like menhaden and bluefish are the way to go for the kings.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

July 25, 2014

Topsail/Sneads Ferry Fishermans Post July 24

Craig Henshall, of New Bern, with a 28 lb. wahoo he hooked 20 miles off New River Inlet while fishing with Guy Pepper on the “Minnow.”

Craig Henshall, of New Bern, with a 28 lb. wahoo he hooked 20 miles off New River Inlet while fishing with Guy Pepper on the "Minnow."

Chris, of East Coast Sports, reports that some large sheepshead (fish to 11 lbs. recently) and black drum are feeding around area bridge and dock pilings. Anglers are hooking both on shrimp and fiddler crabs fished tight to the structure.
Red drum action remains hot in the sound, where anglers are finding the fish feeding in the creeks and marshes. They’ve been biting topwater plugs very well recently, and anglers can also cast spoons, soft plastic baits, or live and cut baits with success.

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Till  next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny


July 3, 2014

Prescription Fishing Sunglasses, Oakley and More

I ran across these sunglasses on the web. They look great and I can't wait to try them. Check these out. I think you will want to try them also.
Thanks,
Johnny aka "Fishin'Topsail"

Prescription Fishing Sunglasses


Prescription Fishing Sunglasses are now available with an updated lens design focused on the specific needs of an angler. The angler specific lens technology provides a larger portion of the reading corridor for near vision, like baiting a hook. The angler progressive lens is a stark contrast to a traditional progressive lens that has a focal distance that gets progressively  closer as you look lower in the lens. A traditional progressive lens design provides a very small portion of the lens near vision. Designing more of the lens to focus on the specific needs of anglers allows for more head movement while keeping near objects in focus.





Fishing Sunglasses with this prescription lens design,
based on recent Free-Form Digital lens technology, recalculates the curve of a lens at every point e lens. This eliminates the peripheral distortion referred to as the “fishbowl effect”. The upper portion of a Free-Form Digital lens provides the sharpest distance vision possible, while the bottom of the lens provides a near-vision portion that is perfect for fishermen.

Prescription Oakley Sunglasses are the first to market with this new lens design. Oakley also offers the largest selection of polarized lens colors designed for a fishing environment. The Oakley Shallow Blue Iridium lens is a polarized bronze lens with an oxide coating to minimize blue light distortions. The Oakley Deep Blue Iridium lens is a polarized grey lens with the same coating. The combination of the fishing-specific prescription lens design and polarized lens colors designed specifically for fishing has made Oakley a top pick for serious anglers.

ADS Sports Eyewear is one of the first Authorized Oakley dealers to focus on the new angler-specific lenses, which are available for any of the Oakley frames you find on the ADS website. The company is optician owned and operated with a knowledgeable staff that uses and understands prescription eyewear for active people and will answer any questions you might have about the new Angler-Specific lenses.

June 20, 2014

Davin King with his first grouper, a gag he
hooked on a dead menhaden at some structure in 100' of water off New
River Inlet. He was fishing with his father and Capt. Tommy Berry of
Zone 8 Charters.




  Davin King with his first grouper, a gag he hooked on a dead menhaden at some structure in 100' of water off New River Inlet. He was fishing with his father and Capt. Tommy Berry of Zone 8 Charters.



http://fishermanspost.com/2014/fishing-reports/topsail-sneads-ferry/topsail-june-19-2014?utm_source=June+19+2014&utm_campaign=June+19%2C+2014&utm_medium=email#



Great Catch Davin! Fish On!\



Till next time....

Tight lines!

Johnny

Fishermans Post Topsail Update June 19, 2014


Gabrielle Pender (age 12), of Rosewood, NC,
with a 6 lb. black drum that struck a sand flea under the Hwy. 172
bridge at Sneads Ferry.


Gabrielle Pender (age 12), of Rosewood, NC, with a 6 lb. black drum that struck a sand flea under the Hwy. 172 bridge at Sneads Ferry. 

http://fishermanspost.com/2014/fishing-reports/topsail-sneads-ferry/topsail-june-19-2014?utm_source=June+19+2014&utm_campaign=June+19%2C+2014&utm_medium=email#



Great job Gabrielle!  Fish on!

Till next time....
Tight lines!


Johnny 

June 17, 2014

Dusty Harrison Red Drum

Dusty Harrison caught this red drum in the surf on last Tuesday morning. He also caught a 24 inch slot red drum on Sunday night. Finger mullet was the bait fished on a drum rig. Dusty also caught a nice sized blue fish!

Great catch Dusty!  Thanks for sharing the picture with us.

 My apologies to Dusty and Christin for taking so long to get this posted. I was sidelined with a migraine for several days.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny





June 12, 2014

Surf City Ocean Pier Inc.

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Topsail Fishing Report 6 11 2014

June 9, 2014

Topsail Fishing Report by East Coast Sports May 30, 2014

Topsail Fishing Report 5 30 2014 - YouTube



Capt. Chris Medlin of East Coast Sports, May 30 fishing report. Sorry I was late posting this.
Tight Lines!
Johnny

Thanks Capt. Chris Medlin !

May 31, 2014

6th Annual Children’s Fishing Competition and Celebration at Surf City Pier



Surf City Ocean Pier Inc. 


We will be hosting our 6th Annual Children’s Fishing Competition and Celebration on Friday, July 4, 2014. This event is free and is open to all children under the age of 16 whom are local or visiting our quiet little island. This will expose these youngsters to the excitement of fishing in a fun, educational, and safe family oriented environment.
Our first five years have been such a huge success,that we are now in need of donors and donations for our event. For the past five years, we have had the honor of Pender EMS and the local Volunteer Fire Departments on site to ensure that the children have a fun and safe celebration. We have also been fortunate enough to offer all the children a Fishing Competition and Celebration t-shirt in addition to other fabulous gifts and prizes that have been donated from area businesses, private individuals, and various fishing wholesale distributors. This year looks to be even bigger and better than in years past.
We here at Surf City Ocean Pier, Inc. could use your help with this increasingly successful event. As this event continues to we are looking for both volunteers and sponsors. Monetary donations and/or donations of merchandise are always greatly appreciated. With your contribution to our competition/celebration, children from near and far will have a wonderful fun filled day at Surf City Ocean Pier. Your support will be greatly appreciated with our endeavors of the day that will be ahead of us on July 4, 2014.
There are currently twelve spots available for sponsors who donate $100 or more, to have their name or logo added to the children's t-shirts. Volunteers will also be needed to help supervise, answer questions, cut bait, identify fish and teach fishing basics to our young anglers, as well as help with serving lunches. For some of the children, this will be their very first fishing experience, and we hope to make it a memory that will last a lifetime.
I would like to invite you to come out and celebrate with us and be part of this special day here on the island. If you feel that you are able to help us in our mission, please feel free to contact me via email at pier_witch@yahoo.com or via phone at the Surf City Ocean Pier 910-328-3521.
Sincerely,
Vinita Gass

Surf City Pier Fishing Update

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Billy Barnes with a nice 18 inch 2# flounder.



Surf City Pier Update





Stacie Dziak with a big blue off her king rig.....the ladies are on a roll



Surf City Pier Update

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Ivan with a 3.08 lb Spanish! On a gotcha!








Weekly Fishing Seminar Tuesday 6:30 at East Coast Sports


Weekly seminar with Capt. Wayne and Capt. Lee Parsons. Wayne will be talking Flounder and Lee will be talking sight fishing reds! Tuesday 6:30 at East Coast Sports. www.eastcoastsports.com

May 25, 2014

Squirrel in action!

Ok, I know this is not fishing related. But these little animals amaze me.



CAN YOU SAY DOORMAT !!!!!!!!!!!!

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It was a fun 4 hour trip from last night. We had to dodge thunderstorms, but we got some nice ones.






Thanks for posting this to the FishinTopsail Facebook page.

Tight lines!

May 15, 2014

Spotted Sea Trout Update: The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

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Spotted Sea Trout: The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
Size and creel limits for spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum and gray trout taken in joint and coastal waters are the same as the recreational limits for those species in adjacent inland waters.
Possession of spotted sea trout is currently prohibited by Proclamation FF-9-2014. 
The Fisheries Director intends to reopen the recreational fishery June 15, 2014.

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny


May 10, 2014

Big Blue Catfish







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'via Blog this'

Big blue catfish, estimated at ~90 pounds, after it maxed out a 77-pound scale.  Pictured are Fisheries Biologists Katy Potoka (L) and Jeremy McCargo as they hoist the blue cat caught and released near the Gaston boating access area on the Roanoke River 



Another great fish caught and RELEASED! Makes me happy to see people doing this.



Till next time....

Tight lines!




HUMONGUS STRIPER!





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Roanoke River Record Rockfish

Electrofishing record rockfish, that is. This 59.5-pound#StripedBass (aka, "rockfish") is the largest striped bass that Wildlife Commission fisheries biologists have collected while electrofishing our coastal rivers.

Jeremy McCargo displays the big fish, which was collected, tagged and then released during fish-sampling work on the upper Roanoke River earlier this week on Tuesday (May 6).



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Till next time....

Tight lines!

May 9, 2014

2014 - 2018 North Carolina Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan - Public Input Survey

Check this out. Let your voice be heard!

2014 - 2018 North Carolina Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan - Public Input Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ncscorp_public


SCORP survey





"The State of North Carolina invites you to provide your input to assist with assessing North Carolina's outdoor recreation trends, needs and issues."

"Your responses to this survey will provide the State with a framework to address the need for improved public outdoor recreation over the next five years. Whether you actively participate in outdoor recreation activities or not, your input is crucial for this evaluation. As such, we encourage you to participate and share this survey as you see fit."

"The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential and you may opt out of any questions you prefer not to answer."

"Thanks in advance for your participation."
Till next time....
Tight lines!
Fishin' Topsail


Topsail Island, A Short History

Local folklore claims the name, Topsail (pronounced Tops’ul), dates back to the 1700s when pirate ships roamed the coastal waters. The pirates hid their ships in the channels behind the island and waited to plunder passing merchant ships loaded with goods. Eventually the merchants became aware of this hiding place and began to watch for the tops of the pirates' sails peeking above the oak trees on the island — hence the name Topsail Island.

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