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    by Published on 08-27-2007 01:51 PM

    A Granite Falls angler has set the white crappie state record, just three months after the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission opened a new category for the fish.

    Eddie Braswell reeled in the record-setting white crappie, which weighed 1 pound, 8 ounces and measured 14 inches in length, on Aug. 15 while fishing at High Rock Lake. He was using a Wally Marshall rod, Shimano 2000 reel and a Bass Assassin lure as bait.

    Since he retired from the Commission in 2004, Braswell fishes for crappie approximately 70 days a year, and starting in March or April, he tries to fish at least twice a week. While he fishes Lakes Rhodhiss, Hickory and Norman from time to time, he favors the crappie fishing in High Rock Lake.

    His latest catch is the biggest white crappie he has ever caught or seen, so he was anxious to get it in the boat, on ice and to certified scales to see if he had set the new record.

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    by Published on 08-26-2007 12:53 PM

    Working to heighten awareness of New Jersey's marine fisheries regulations and the consequences of violating them, state conservation officers yesterday inspected scores of recreational fishing boats and popular fishing spots along the Sandy Hook and Raritan bays and the Arthur Kill.

    Eighteen conservation officers with the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Law Enforcement checked 500 anglers during the eight-hour special operation -- part of an ongoing effort to spur greater compliance with regulations and laws that protect New Jersey’s fish and wildlife resources.

    Throughout the day, conservation officers inspected 195 private fishing vessels and also checked more than 100 anglers at various marinas and jetties along the targeted waters, Marine Region Capt. Joe Meyer said.

    Conservation officers issued 53 summonses and six written warnings for various marine fisheries violations:
    • 28 summonses for possession of summer flounder less than 17 inches
    • 2 summonses for exceeding the limit on summer flounder
    • 2 summonses for possession of weak ...
    by Published on 08-21-2007 06:10 PM

    The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will reduce the harvest limits on weakfish for both recreational and commercial fishermen Oct. 1

    The recreational creel limit will be reduced from seven fish per person per day to six fish per person per day. The size limit will remain at 12 inches.

    The commercial by-catch allowance for non-directed fisheries will drop from 300 pounds per day or trip to 150 pounds per day or trip.

    DMF Director Louis Daniel

    by Published on 08-20-2007 05:12 PM

    The Upper Chesapeake Bay Basin Tributary Action Team will meet Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Marydel Community Hall (Lions Club) on Hendersonville Road in Marydel, beginning at 6:30 ...

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