Friday, April 29, 2011

Changes to Coastal Recreational Fishing Regulations

Anglers Should Note Changes to NC's Coastal Recreational Fishing Regulations

MOREHEAD CITY – Recreational fishing season is fast upon us, and fishermen should be aware of new size and bag limits and seasons that have gone into effect for North Carolina coastal waters since last summer.
On Feb. 21, the minimum size limit increased to 15 inches and the daily bag limit decreased to six fish per person in all coastal waters of the state.
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission agreed to the change after a 2009 stock assessment found that while the southern flounder stock has improved since 2005, ...check out the rest of N.C.'s Marine Fisheries Story here...
*Story sourced from Marine Fisheries, Fish Eye News

1st Citation at OCP-Largest Flounder Yet!

Chuck Nicholson AKA Flounder Boy, 2011
"Flounder-Boy" Nicholson, brings in the biggest Flounder yet on Wed.,  April 27. 

Weight: 7lbs, 1oz
Length: 27.5"
Girth: 25" 

Now here's one you can REALLY sink your teeth into!

Congrats from everyone at the pier!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ocean Crest Pier's First King Catch of 2011- Colleen Brings it in

Colleen's 1st catch, 2011
Tuesday, April 26--With a screaming reel, and a real fight to bring it up, Colleen brings in the first King of the 2011 season at Ocean Crest Pier. 

Weight: 19lbs, 4oz

Yeah, you go girl! 
That's one for team, if we're taking numbers. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Here's the King. Who Will Be the First at OCP?...

Holy Mackerel, it's a King thing!

OCP Got the Blues; Biting on the King Rigs

Tom Sheppard - April 2011

 The kings are a comin'... 

As of April 17, the blues at the "T" started biting. They're small, but they're
back and biting.

Look at Tom Sheppard's catch of the day! Is that a shark? Sure is.
Not only were the shark biting, but also the blues. Lot's of blues biting at the "T".

Bobbi Diaz-Welch, April 2011

Bobbi's catch of the day-
Can anyone say, "shark infested waters?"

It's starting off as a great season. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Management? Now the fish are really jumpin'!

Something Fishy!
A little fishy (probably a whiting) told me that Vance Courson, new manager for Ocean Crest Pier is just what the Dr. ordered to get things back on track, and get the fish jumpin’ at Ocean Crest Pier.

Best Bait on the Pier
If you haven't already met Vance, then most likely, you haven't been back to the pier this season. Well, what are you waiting for?  Get out your gear and come see what's happening at Ocean Crest Pier. You won’t be disappointed.

Who's Vance Courson?
Vance Courson, a transplant from the hot "A", that's Hotlanta (Atlanta, GA) to all you familiar with the South. Vance is the new pier manager ready to make positive changes and many friends. Asked what changes will he make, and he responds, "The only drastic changes I need to make that are critical to retaining the OCP community and success of this pier, is to ensure that everyone who walks through the door is greeted with a firm handshake, a big smile and plenty of one-liners that are sure to make you laugh", said Vance. Vance brings over 10 years experience in customer service, sales, and business administration. With a can-do attitude, and a personal and comedic style you've got to see to love, Vance is dedicated to his new community of anglers, the pier, and creating a unique experience for visitors.

Bait and Hook-Not Bait and Switch
Due to some much-needed changes at the pier, we are currently undergoing reorganization of management, products and services, events, maintenance and cleanup, and even a new Web site to better serve our local community and out of town guests. We continue to offer locals and visitors that down-home, southern experience they’ve grown to love. Our main focus is to provide a community of fun, safety, and a calendar packed full of events, spectacular fishing, and activities guaranteed to leave you with sand between your toes.

Thanks Ocean Crest Pier Community
We appreciate your patience as we continue to make OCP a place you can always come home to. A place you're sure to find the "biggest one yet"!