Calling All Anglers!

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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.

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.

People measure an amberjack

Discarding Greater Amberjack: Catch and Release or Catch and Decease?

April 12, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Electronic tagging shows that most of these fish survive the catch-and-release experience.

What Do Fish Fossils Reveal About Environmental Conditions in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain Several Million Years Ago?

April 5, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Bladen County was likely a primary nursery area for Atlantic croaker and spot.  

How Is Overfishing Affecting Southern Flounder?

March 29, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Acoustic tracking and conventional tagging provide crucial information to plan for the sustainability of the species.

What’s Killing Weakfish?

March 22, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Natural mortality — not fishing — has kept weakfish stock in decline.

Is Data From Social Media Useful for Fisheries Science?

March 15, 2021 | Dave Shaw

New research shows YouTube posts have potential for informing conservation strategies.

spotted seatrout with tags

What Should You Do When You Hook a Tagged Fish?

March 8, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Catch. Cut. Report. And then collect your reward.

Where on the East Coast Do Saltwater Anglers Encounter the Most Species of Fish?

March 1, 2021 | Dave Shaw

Based on interviews with anglers, North Carolina offers a more diverse array of species than any other state but one on the Atlantic seaboard.

What’s Eating Atlantic Sturgeon Eggs and Larvae?

February 15, 2021 | Dave Shaw

It’s gut-check time. New research identifies the predators.