Does the Moon Affect Offshore Tournament Catch Rates?

September 21, 2020 | Dave Shaw

A classic study shows how moon phase influences some gamefish more than others.

How Do Loggerhead Sea Turtles React to Hurricanes?

September 14, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Not only do they dive longer and change locations, but their new behaviors linger after the storm has passed.

Top left: Three prominent ocellated spots form a triangle on the body of Gulf flounder. Top right: On summer flounder, five ocellated spots form a pattern like the five side of a die. Bottom: Southern flounder have non-ocellated spots. Courtesy of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Can You Identify North Carolina’s Three Species of Flounder?

September 7, 2020 | Dave Shaw

It turns out, most anglers can’t. Luckily, NCDMF has some tips.

Do Trout Stocked in Western NC Rivers Stay Put?

August 31, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Most trout stay within about a mile of their original stocking location but are available in high numbers to anglers for only a few weeks.

Where Can I Find Quick and Free Info about Fish Stocks?

August 24, 2020 | Dave Shaw

The new NOAA Fisheries Stock SMART Tool provides easy online access to current and historical data on federal stock assessments.

What’s the Greatest Risk to Your Boat?

August 17, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Hurricanes result in some of the most frequent boating insurance claims.

Are Catch-and-Release Deepwater Fish an Easy Meal for Sharks?

August 10, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Can shark appetites undermine the use of descending devices as a conservation strategy? A research team led by one of the scientists who appeared on SHARKFEST, Marcus Drymon of Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, decided to find out.  

What Are the Top Ten Most Common Types of Trash on the NC Coast?

August 3, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Cigarette butts make up 26% of beach trash. Fishing gear doesn’t even make the top ten list.

How Diverse Are Temperate Reef Fishes on the Southeast Coast?

July 27, 2020 | Dave Shaw

Over a three-year period, scientists observed 138 species of fish.

Will Anglers Use Descending Devices on Reef Fish?

July 13, 2020 | Dave Shaw

1,000 anglers received descending devices to try out for free, and here’s what they thought.