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Old 11-23-2017, 06:05 PM   #1
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fishing along the Loop

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Thinking about doing some fishing as we cruise the loop. I'm not a fisherman and don't know a lot about it. I buy my fish at the store or hire a charter captain for fishing. But I do own a few poles, but have little idea of how to rig them and how to fish.

What kind of fish would I be looking for in different areas? Any good info for a beginner?

I know I'm going to talk to my sister in laws brother who coho salmon fishes in Lake Michigan. He get some great fish.
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Old 11-23-2017, 06:17 PM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. S. Lots to be caught but keep in mind that every time you visit another state you will need a new fishing license.
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Old 11-23-2017, 06:18 PM   #3
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Old 11-23-2017, 08:05 PM   #4
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I love fishing in FL and NJ but don't have a single hook on Irish Lady. The boat is just not set up for dealing with blood, slime, and scales. Not only different licenses are needed but each species has its own techniques and tackle to be successful. I just don't want to give up the space to store a mess of tackle that may never get used.
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I am set up for and want to fish, My annual round trips to Fl result in only fishing in Fl due to time spent there.

The biggest show stopper is a dang license in many of the states.

A good deal is NC.... $10 for ten days.

Unless you have a fast boat, you are in NC for a big chunk of that if taking your time.
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[QUOTE=RT Firefly;611976]Greetings,
Mr. S. Lots to be caught but keep in mind that every time you visit another state you will need a new fishing license.[/QUOTE

Filet and release will keep you safe.
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Old 11-23-2017, 09:38 PM   #7
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Many different ways to approach it and many different kinds of fishing. Many people troll offshore as much as possible but you won't likely be running that much off shore. There are places like Hatteras that are renowned for fishing but you won't actually be going to them and if you did, the real fishing is too far offshore. Chartering a fishing trip is always a consideration there. The reason so far is that by that point the Gulf Stream is much further offshore.

As to freshwater and brackish fishing, the real fishermen would tell you it's everywhere. That does point though to the value of a local guide. Okeechobee is top bass territory. If I was wanting to fish in NC I'd get a Currituck Sound guide. On the Erie, Lake Oneida is a hot fishing area. We have a member here who guides there. Each of the Great Lakes has it's distinctive fishing. All depends on how much you want to fish. Then I'd recommend the TN River. Then along the coast from Mobile on you're back to home territory.

I'd decide how much fishing I wanted to do, then pinpoint some diverse places to do it. Then I'd get a local guide for the day.
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Many states have legal authority if fishing unlicensed to confiscate all fishing equiptment that can include your boat. I like fishing but when cruising preferr ordering fish from a menu.
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Thanks for all the good idea.

Goal is not to make this a hassle. Fishing would just be an add-on to trolling along the intercoastal. Not a stand alone activity. I'm not going to hire a charter or guide specifically for a fishing trip, but would certainly like local knowledge.

Does anyone know of a site that gives a list of licensing in each state? Do most states exempt seniors? And do most states have an option for an electronic card (no snail mail required)?
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... And do most states have an option for an electronic card (no snail mail required)?
Last year we bought fishing licenses on line in MA, GA and FL.
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Last year we bought fishing licenses on line in MA, GA and FL.
You can do the same in SC—also by phone; $11 for a 14-day visitor’s permit.

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Old 11-24-2017, 08:54 AM   #12
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The problem with inshore trolling along the ICW is that most of the time you are moving too fast. You really need to be down around 4 or 5 knots to do much trolling inshore. Offshore you can troll faster.
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Not only will you need a license in each state, you will have to know the rules in each state. What time of year each fish is legal to keep and what size range. I believe in some cases you are lot allowed to cut up a caught fish until you are back on land (a problem for someone cruising).
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For simple tackle and easy fishing, I'd stick with a saltwater bottom rig and various cut bait and Night Crawlers. In the canal part of the "Loop", in the warm months, you are liable to catch mostly little fish...ie, baby croaker, spot, scup, porgy, flounder, etc. As it gets less brackish to fresh, you'll start picking up catfish and perch. I've seen people catch bass on bottom rigs and earthworms at the "Locks" of Great Bridge.

In the fall, speckled trout, larger croaker, spot, puppy drum, and stripped bass will start moving south and can be caught on the same rig with the right bait.

Just in general, for NC and VA, in my experience...your free 2 cents
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Thanks for all the good idea.

Goal is not to make this a hassle. Fishing would just be an add-on to trolling along the intercoastal. Not a stand alone activity. I'm not going to hire a charter or guide specifically for a fishing trip, but would certainly like local knowledge.
Well, it won't be a hassle that way because not likely to catch much. Two ways to get local knowledge then. One is by spending the night at the marina most popular with fishermen. Second way is by googling the area and fishing reports and you should find one or more fishermen with reports. For instance google "Ocracoke Fishing Reports" and you'll quickly see a dozen or more. Now also many states have reports. Here's one for NC. NC Fishing Reports at Fishing-NC.com: North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Reports . Going to these reports can often show you what is being caught and how.
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Old 11-24-2017, 10:48 AM   #16
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Does anyone know of a site that gives a list of licensing in each state? Do most states exempt seniors? And do most states have an option for an electronic card (no snail mail required)?
No, most states do not exempt seniors.

Most states do have online capabilities although some are time consuming. Some also have multiple licenses. For instance, NC requires a separate one for inland vs. coastal.
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I suggest when you get to an area known for good fishing, like anywhere in Florida, hire a guide. That avoids the need for a local license and the guide will provide all of the equipment you need. You're actually much more likely to catch a fish with a guide.

Florida exempts senior residents from the need for a license. I don't know about senior visitors.
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Not trying to hijack the thread on loop fishing but if your more than 3 miles out your in federal waters. Do you need a fishing license if you land and consume the fish before heading back into state waters? What about if your more than 12 miles out in international waters? Or is it 200 miles out?

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Not trying to hijack the thread on loop fishing but if your more than 3 miles out your in federal waters. Do you need a fishing license if you land and consume the fish before heading back into state waters? What about if your more than 12 miles out in international waters? Or is it 200 miles out?

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If caught and consumed in federal waters...then fed regs apply.

Once in state waters, state regs apply.

Unless targeting illegal species, or violating federal regs beyond 3 miles, catching and cleaning to freeze, refrigerate would be about 99.9% safe in my recreational and professional experience.

Alaska is a different animal though...
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To be legal should the law show up your only allowed to gut and gill bleed the fish so they can id species and length of the catch.
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