Surf Fishing the Outer Banks of North Carolina

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Spanish mackerel This fish is somewhat of a tourist, arriving in June and staying until later September. The Spanish is delicious, averages 1 to 3 pounds and presents a real challenge to any angler. Spanish mackerel are usually taken on fast moving metal lures. Fishing rod of choice is a 9 foot light action. Minimum size allowed is 12" fork length (from tip of snout to middle of fork in tail). Bag limit of 15 per day per person

Striped bass Recently duringrepparttar winter months striped bass have returned to NC waters in great numbers. October, November and December arerepparttar 149748 best times for fishing, with fish still showing up as late as February. In Atlantic waters, size limit is over 27" total length with bag limit of 2 per day. For sounds and other areas, consultrepparttar 149749 NC Marine Fisheries website.

Flounder (summer, southern) Flounder begin biting in May asrepparttar 149750 water warms. By June,repparttar 149751 fishing is going strong, with both summer and southern flounder being caught. Southern flounder dominaterepparttar 149752 catch in inshore and southern NC waters, while summer flounder dominaterepparttar 149753 catch in offshore waters north of Cape Hatteras. Many flounder are caught using cut baits and some are caught using jigs. When jigs are used, they work best when tipped with fish, shrimp or a mullet minnow.

Other species available to North Carolina surf fishermen are pompano, croaker, trout, spot, hogfish and whiting (sea mullet).

Be advised that there is a proposed recreational saltwater fishing license which is scheduled to take effect January 2006. The license is still being debated byrepparttar 149754 North Carolina General Assembly and you should checkrepparttar 149755 NC Marine Fisheries website ( to determine if a license is required before fishingrepparttar 149756 NC coast after that date.

Also,repparttar 149757 size regulations and limits given above are accurate atrepparttar 149758 time of this writing (summer 2005) but are subject to change, so checkrepparttar 149759 NC Marine Fisheries website to confirm these regulations before your fishing expedition.

Whether beginning angler or old salt, surf fishing is a popular and fun activity with minimal expense, no boat required, easy access to great fishing conditions and plenty of action. With a minimum of effort and expense, you can catch a variety of excellent eating fish, have a great time and start making your own memories.

Elizabeth Edwards is a free-lance writer with a variety of professional and personal interests. You will find more information about fishing and fishing gear on

Women and Fishing -- Not Just a Man's Sport

Written by Elizabeth Edwards

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Of course, you can also start at your local library, checking out books on fishing and learning a few basic techniques that way.

Your local fishing outfitter or marina may have more information as well and would also be a good place for information and to network with other fishing women.

Another option is to go online and search for websites catering to women andrepparttar outdoors or, more specifically, women and fishing. One such website is

Founded by Betty Bauman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 1997, LLGF "promotes networking among women anglers and emphasizes mentorship between novice and experienced members."

Other groups, both national and state, promote fishing for women. There are seminars, fishing adventures and special fishing events scheduled year-round in many areas ofrepparttar 149747 country which are organized especially for women anglers.

Yet another reason fishing is a great hobby for women is because beginning your fishing experiences need not be prohibitively expensive. Especially when compared to other hobbies, start-up costs for spin or bait-casting fishing equipment are not tremendously high. Generally speaking, $200 or less can buy more than enough basic quality fishing gear for a beginner to get started. To start up a fly-fishing hobby will cost a bit more asrepparttar 149748 gear tends to be more expensive.

This, of course, doesn't include a boat! But, many fishing locations can be reached without a boat. Again, do your research to find areas accessible by car.

More women should consider fishing for an enjoyable and challenging hobby. Learningrepparttar 149749 basics of fishing is easy but perfecting those angling skills can take many hours of sometimes peaceful and sometimes extremely exciting time atrepparttar 149750 other end of a line.

Elizabeth Edwards is a free-lance writer with a variety of professional and personal interests. You will find more information about fishing and fishing gear on

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