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And… calling all scientists! If you’d like to write for Hook, Line & Science about your research, please contact Scott Baker at msbaker@ncsu.edu or Sara Mirabilio at semirabi@ncsu.edu.

Can Self-Releasing Hooks Minimize Fish Injuries During Catch-and-Release?

June 21, 2021 | Dave Shaw

A bite-shortened hook, designed to release fish without handling, shows promise.

Chesapeake Bay oyster reef image via NOAA

Does Protecting Oyster Reefs Benefit Other Marine Organisms?

June 14, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Creating no-harvest zones on oyster reefs helps the fish — and crustaceans living on the reefs, too.

image of Atlantic menhaden

Where Are You Most Likely to Find Juvenile Atlantic Menhaden?

June 7, 2021 | Dave Shaw

New research shows that many small schools of “the most important fish in the sea” live close together in shallow creek waters.

HLS southern flounder Image

Where Do Southern Flounder Go in the Winter?

May 31, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Southern flounder move offshore to spawn, but their migration patterns might be more mysterious than we thought.

Can Social Media Provide Useful Information About Recreational Fisheries?

May 24, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Posts from a Facebook group revealed when and where anglers caught hickory shad and American shad  — and even how they did it.

Do Water Snakes Get Thirsty?

May 17, 2021 | Dave Shaw

New research shows that snakes in watery habitats are sensitive to dehydration.

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What Do They Spend Your Fishing License Fee On?

May 10, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Here’s the answer inquiring anglers want to know.

A man holding a mahi-mahi caught off of Hatteras Island.

What Depth and Water Temperature Do Mahi-Mahi Prefer?

May 3, 2021 | Julie Leibach

Satellite-tagged mahi-mahi spend about 40% of their time near the surface and 95% of their day in water 77 to 84°F. A quick search online reveals that many anglers want to know the best water…

Continue reading “What Depth and Water Temperature Do Mahi-Mahi Prefer?”

A fisherman casts into the surf as the sun sets along Carolina Beach.

What Kinds of Anglers Are the Best at What They Do?

April 26, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Surprising research suggests that differences among anglers don’t matter much when we look at how many fish they actually catch.

What Should We Do With a Fleet of Boats When It Wears Out?

April 19, 2021 | Dave Shaw

A new project points the way to more sustainable solutions for fiberglass vessels that have reached the end of their operating lives.