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Old 12-18-2020, 05:54 AM
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Has anyone been catching any Rock in the Albemarle Sound up around Edenton or Roper (Mackey's Landing) area? Thinking of taking my 14 year old Saturday before the season closes and wanted to see if someone's been lately. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Old 12-18-2020, 06:17 AM
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It looks like it's going to stay open until a new management quota is reached and then close for the rest of the year. Daily limit drops from two to one fish. What's not clear is if the quota is reached in the Albemarle does it prevent the Roanoke from having a season at all.

Current proclamation closes it on Dec 31, 2020 http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamation-ff-40-202FF-40-2020
PROCLAMATION

RE: STRIPED BASS – RECREATIONAL – ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA – SEASON OPEN

This proclamation opens the harvest of striped bass taken for recreational purposes in the Albemarle Sound Management Area. The recreational harvest season shall close by proclamation when the harvest allocation is reached or at 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Thursday, October 1, 2020, the harvest of striped bass taken for RECREATIONAL PURPOSES IN THE ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA WILL OPEN and the following provisions shall apply:

I. AREA DESCRIPTION
Albemarle Sound Management Area as defined in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0201(a).

II. SIZE AND CREEL LIMITS
A. It is unlawful to possess striped bass less than 18 inches in total length.

B. It is unlawful to possess more than two (2) striped bass taken in any one day by hook-and-line or for recreational purposes from the Albemarle Sound Management Area. III. SEASON, MEANS, AND METHODS
A. It is unlawful to possess striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area for recreational purposes except when taken by hook-and-line or with recreational commercial gear.

B. It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or purchase striped bass taken by hook-and-line or with recreational commercial gear for recreational purposes.

C. The recreational season for striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area shall close by proclamation when the harvest allocation is reached or at 11:59 P.M. on Thursday, December 31, 2020. IV. GENERAL INFORMATION
A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, and 03M .0202.

B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) All persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

D. Recreational Commercial Gear License gill net restrictions are found in M-proclamations issued for this area.

E. The intent of this proclamation is to allow the recreational harvest of striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area within the 68,750 pound annual total annual landings established by the November 2014 Revision to Amendment 1 to the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan.

F. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0201 defines striped bass as striped bass and its hybrids.

G. Recreational seasons for striped bass in the Roanoke River Management Area, which is designated as the Roanoke River and its joint and inland tributaries, including the Eastmost, Middle and Cashie rivers, up to the Roanoke Rapids dam, is under the management jurisdiction of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and is exempt from this proclamation.

H. Holders of Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses or hook-and-line fishermen shall follow the size, creel, and season limits of the recreational fishery for striped bass.

I. Commercial fishing equipment authorized by the Recreational Commercial Gear License is not considered commercial fishing equipment in the striped bass fishery and it is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or purchase striped bass taken by this method in accordance with N.C.G.S. 113-173.

J. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0202 states that all striped bass that do not meet the minimum size limit specified by proclamation shall immediately be returned to the waters from which taken regardless of condition.

K. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at http://ncmarinefisheries.net.

L. This proclamation opens the harvest of striped bass taken for recreational purposes in the Albemarle Sound Management Area. The recreational harvest season shall close by proclamation when the harvest allocation is reached or at 11:59 P.M. on

Thursday, December 31, 2020.



New proclamation reopens it on Jan 1, 2021 http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_...&groupId=38337

PROCLAMATION
RE: STRIPED BASS – RECREATIONAL – ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA – SEASON OPEN
This proclamation opens the harvest of striped bass taken for recreational purposes in the Albemarle Sound Management Area. The recreational harvest season shall close by proclamation when the harvest allocation is reached or at 11:59 P.M. on Friday, April 30, 2021.
Stephen W. Murphey, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Friday, January 1, 2021, the harvest of striped bass taken for RECREATIONAL PURPOSES IN THE ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT AREA WILL OPEN and the following provisions shall apply:
I. AREA DESCRIPTION Albemarle Sound Management Area as defined in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03R .0201(a).
II. SIZE AND CREEL LIMITS A. It is unlawful to possess striped bass less than 18 inches in total length. B. It is unlawful to possess more than one (1) striped bass per person per day by hook-andline or for recreational purposes from the Albemarle Sound Management Area.
III. SEASON, MEANS, AND METHODS A. It is unlawful to possess striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area for recreational purposes except when taken by hook-and-line or with recreational commercial gear. B. It is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or purchase striped bass taken by hook-and-line or with recreational commercial gear for recreational purposes. C. The recreational season for striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area shall close by proclamation when the harvest allocation is reached or at 11:59 P.M. on Friday, April 30, 2021.
IV. GENERAL INFORMATION A. This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-170.4; 113-170.5; 113-182; 113-221.1; 143B-289.52; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03H .0103, and 03M .0202. B. It is unlawful to violate the provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103. C. In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) All persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations. D. Recreational Commercial Gear License gill net restrictions are found in M-proclamations issued for this area.

Proclamation FF-9-2021 Pg. 2


E. The intent of this proclamation is to allow the recreational harvest of striped bass in the Albemarle Sound Management Area within the 12,804 pound annual total annual landings established by the November 2020 Revision to Amendment 1 to the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan. F. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0201 defines striped bass as striped bass and its hybrids. G. Recreational seasons for striped bass in the Roanoke River Management Area, which is designated as the Roanoke River and its joint and inland tributaries, including the Eastmost, Middle and Cashie rivers, up to the Roanoke Rapids dam, is under the management jurisdiction of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and is exempt from this proclamation. H. Holders of Recreational Commercial Gear Licenses or hook-and-line fishermen shall follow the size, creel, and season limits of the recreational fishery for striped bass. I. Commercial fishing equipment authorized by the Recreational Commercial Gear License is not considered commercial fishing equipment in the striped bass fishery and it is unlawful to sell, offer for sale, or purchase striped bass taken by this method in accordance with N.C.G.S. 113173. J. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0202 states that all striped bass that do not meet the minimum size limit specified by proclamation shall immediately be returned to the waters from which taken regardless of condition. K. Contact the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at NCDEQ - DMF - Homepage. L. This proclamation opens the harvest of striped bass taken for recreational purposes in the Albemarle Sound Management Area. The recreational harvest season shall close by proclamation when the harvest allocation is reached or at 11:59 P.M. on Friday, April 30, 2021.


By: ______________________________ Stephen W. Murphey, Director DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES

December 17, 2020 11:19 A.M.
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Thanks for the information Rick S.
Are the new daily limits in effect now or will they go into effect on Jan 1?
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Should be two until Dec 31 and then drops to one on Jan 1.
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I've been out a few times in the last few weeks. It has been pretty slow overall for me. I live in Edenton and fish the power lines, river bridge, and the sound bridge. I caught a few small fish and a couple of keepers, but it is way slower than it was earlier in the season. I haven't spoken to anyone about it in over a week though, so it is possible things have picked up since the last time I was out. I think your best bet around Edenton would be to try the sound bridge (route 32/94 bridge).
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Originally Posted by Capt. Fred View Post
I've been out a few times in the last few weeks. It has been pretty slow overall for me. I live in Edenton and fish the power lines, river bridge, and the sound bridge. I caught a few small fish and a couple of keepers, but it is way slower than it was earlier in the season. I haven't spoken to anyone about it in over a week though, so it is possible things have picked up since the last time I was out. I think your best bet around Edenton would be to try the sound bridge (route 32/94 bridge).
Thanks for the update Capt. Fred. We put in at Mackey’s this morning and proceeded to fish the 32 bridge, power lines and the river bridge with no luck. Would love to put my son on a few rock over the holidays if possible. If they turn on your way please touch base or shoot me a pm.
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They have been out in the sound a few miles from the USCG base in EC. Have to find the birds, once you do you can catch all you want but most of them are on the smaller side.
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Originally Posted by Lineshot25 View Post
They have been out in the sound a few miles from the USCG base in EC. Have to find the birds, once you do you can catch all you want but most of them are on the smaller side.

Lineshot25 Thanks for the info. I guess we should have run further that way on Saturday and looked for them. Hopefully I'll get a couple more shots at them before the regulations change on Jan 1.
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Lineshot25 Thanks for the info. I guess we should have run further that way on Saturday and looked for them. Hopefully I'll get a couple more shots at them before the regulations change on Jan 1.
Im going to try and get out sometime before the new year. I live on Little River so getting out to the sound anyplace is pretty easy for us. Maybe we can team up to locate some one morning.
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Im going to try and get out sometime before the new year. I live on Little River so getting out to the sound anyplace is pretty easy for us. Maybe we can team up to locate some one morning.
Sounds Good. Just let me know what days your going and hopefully we can work something out.
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Its looking like maybe this Sunday if the wind holds off. I will let ya know for sure Friday evening.
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Sunday may be a tough go for me but I should know more by Friday.
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Hey guys. I just re-checked this thread. Thanks for the tip on trying further down the sound. Sunday does sound nice. If you are out, I always have my radio on. Boat name is Strider. I usually have one radio on scan and another on 16. I'll send PM's if I hear any specific news.
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I see that the length limit is 18" minimum, seems kind of on the short side to me. Are they that hard to come by? Maybe a slot would be better, just throwing out ideas...
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The numbers and sizes of fish for me really varies, year to year. I think this is mostly due to my lack of expertise on inshore fishing around here. Sometimes most of the ones I find are undersized, sometimes the other way around. So, I am not really sure if the population is in trouble, or if I just suck that bad at finding them.

We also get some ocean fish in the sound from time to time. These are much brighter colors and don't taste the same as the ones that spend most of their time in the sound.

I'd love to know the proportion of the fish in the sound that are stocked fish, vs wild. Someone around here must know that.
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Sunday is looking great now. If everything holds out we will run out of Little River to the sound and start looking. Think I’m going to wait til the sun gets out before heading to the ramp, going to be cold. We will be on 68 and scanning with the other radio. Boat name is Miss Disturbed if you are out give us a holler. I’m thinking maybe run out to a couple deeper areas I know to see if they are holding anything. Merry Christmas everyone.
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Sunday just didn’t work for me, hopefully you guys will get on the fish. Post some reports when you get in and let us know how you did.
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Sunday just didn’t work for me, hopefully you guys will get on the fish. Post some reports when you get in and let us know how you did.

I busy today too. My wife and I are going to give it a go tomorrow (Monday).
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10/4. Let us know how you do.
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We didn’t make it out today as well. We are looking at a couple days this week. I will let ya know when we get out.

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