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Well … at least it ain’t ice

Well … at least it ain’t ice

I’ve jokingly been telling folks that there is no need for me to own a boat or to go down to the shore to wet a line. All I have to do lately is stand on the back deck and cast a lure into the backyard. It’s that wet. And living close to the edge of the Pasquotank River, I…

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Special one-month sea bass season in February

Special one-month sea bass season in February

A winter coastal storm sure isn’t the way to start off the special sea bass season, especially when opportuntites for hooking up are becoming more limited. Blame Mother Nature. Blame fisheries managers. A black sea bass season this time of year – when there are only 28 days in the month – doesn’t bode well for lots of action. Weather…

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Whew! Glad that’s over

Whew! Glad that’s over

Looking back on 2020, I figured it was time to paws – those are Oliver Tolliver’s paws in the picture and those of you who follow my social media know I use them as a play on words. I post some of his paw pictures when it’s time for some reflection. And there is no better time as we near…

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First responder challenge

First responder challenge

Camden County Sheriff Kevin Jones held up the cake for a picture, then jokingly commented on slipping away to his office with it. Deputies and other staff members laughed, but were having none of such nonsense. That cake was going to be a nice finisher after a meal of barbecue, slaw, beans and fried chicken. The idea of feeding the…

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I just wanna go fishing

I just wanna go fishing

He stood on the end of a small floating dock, watching a bobber dance and move as the minnow underneath is pulled and tugged. With one eye on his live bait, he cast an artificial bait into different parts of a small pond in northeastern North Carolina, hoping with every cast of the lure that a strike would result. He…

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CARES Act money approved for Virginia fisheries.

CARES Act money approved for Virginia fisheries.

The announcement came last week that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission had approved Virginia’s plan on how to disperse allocated CARES Act funds among the state’s fishermen and women. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act set aside about $4.5 million to three segments of Virginia’s fishing industry – Commercial Fishing and Aquaculture, Deal or Processor, and Charter-for-Hire.…

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