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The US Fish & Wildlife has reopened their public comment period on critical habitat for endangered species of birds which could result in more beach closures, especially at Oregon Inlet, Cape Point and Ocracoke Island. The US Fish & Wildlife feel there would be little impact on the local economy if more beaches, mostly the points of the islands, are closed to pedestrian and vehicle use year round. People are asked to email their comments to: before July 30, 2007. More information can be found at the top of our message board. Don't forget your license

Surf fishing reports have been a little slower today than the past few days due to the NE winds which cooled the air temperature, but also slowed the fishing down. We have had reports of pompano, bluefish, sea mullet, croakers, black drum, and some flounder in the surf.
Six year old Jimmy Reeb of Baltimore, MD caught bluefish using fishbites today. Liz Hotchkiss of Winston Salem, NC had a nice pompano this morning caught on sandfleas. Alec Chatham of Greenville, NC becomes our derby leader for his croaker caught yesterday afternoon. Susan Chatham, also of Greeenville, had a very nice grey trout yesterday and came by for her photo. Emil Frano of Hendersonville, NC was nice enough to email his photo of a 27" puppy drum from Friday to post.
Inshore, reports of flounder, spanish mackerel, black drum, and bluefish are the most prevalent. Some smaller cobia have also been reported. We also had several reports from local captains and visitors of quite a few tarpon spotted in the inlet.
Offshore, the Anchorage Marina reported dolphin and wahoo and a couple of sailfish released this afternoon.
Thanks for sharing the photos and have fun fishing!




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