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  Topic: Do you support Offshore Drilling in NC?
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 42
Views: 2510

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:33 pm   Subject: Do you support Offshore Drilling in NC?
The reality is that there will be some kind of offshore energy production along our coast at some point. Now is the time to think about how we can accentuate the positive while minimizing the negative ...
  Topic: Do you support Offshore Drilling in NC?
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 42
Views: 2510

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:46 pm   Subject: Do you support Offshore Drilling in NC?
One thing I will point out.....We do not have much OIL here in NC. My understanding is that they would be drilling for Natural Gas and NOT Oil.

Dave

That is my understanding as well. To bad we ...
  Topic: Do you support Offshore Drilling in NC?
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 42
Views: 2510

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:09 pm   Subject: Do you support Offshore Drilling in NC?
Offshore energy production could be good for NC and our fisheries. It could also be a disaster. Allowing multiple global corporations to each do their own secret seismic testing is not a good way to s ...
  Topic: Thoughts and prayers please
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 9
Views: 2875

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:14 pm   Subject: Thoughts and prayers please
Heard about this on the news. I always say a prayer for anyone lost at sea including these guys. Thanks for posting and for your service defending our freedom.
  Topic: red snapper season
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 39
Views: 15127

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:43 pm   Subject: red snapper season
It is good to see some thought being put into this important issue. Here are a few more things to consider.

Transferring tags sounds reasonable but it WILL open the door to catch shares. One way t ...
  Topic: red snapper season
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 39
Views: 15127

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:59 am   Subject: red snapper season
kicker30, great ideas! Would tags in your plan be transferable? Should there be some sort of agreement to use a descending device on released snapper that float when getting harvest tags?
  Topic: red snapper season
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 39
Views: 15127

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:40 am   Subject: red snapper season
seapro180, you have put some thought into this. My concern is that those with less than honorable intentions could turn it into a catch share scheme. A final plan would need to take that into consider ...
  Topic: red snapper season
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 39
Views: 15127

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:52 am   Subject: red snapper season
Thank you paynefish. Our fisheries, freedom, and food supply are important to me.

I can see some pros and cons to making tags transferable. One of the cons could be people getting tags just to sel ...
  Topic: red snapper season
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 39
Views: 15127

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:47 am   Subject: red snapper season
jdunk, thanks for reporting! Hope it helps you get another weekend or two this year and a longer season next year.

seapro180, good idea with a proven record of success. Do you think the tags should ...
  Topic: red snapper season
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 39
Views: 15127

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:40 am   Subject: red snapper season
Recs need to think about how to get better landings data

I’m sorry but it is not the job of “Recs” to “think about how to get better landing data”...

It is, however, the PAID job of the SAFMC ...
  Topic: red snapper season
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 39
Views: 15127

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:15 am   Subject: red snapper season
"THE REGULATIONS DURING THE LIMITED SEASONS ARE:
For the recreational sector, the bag limit is one red snapper per person per day. This applies to private and charterboat/headboat vessels (the c ...
  Topic: red snapper season
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 39
Views: 15127

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:00 am   Subject: red snapper season
"THE REGULATIONS DURING THE LIMITED SEASONS ARE:
For the recreational sector, the bag limit is one red snapper per person per day. This applies to private and charterboat/headboat vessels (the c ...
  Topic: SeaQualizer or other for Barotrauma
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 2
Views: 1545

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:21 pm   Subject: SeaQualizer or other for Barotrauma
I like using a SeaQualizer set to release at 100'. I think it can be set for 60' in shallower water although most fish can be released without help in water less than 100'. I have a two pound lead att ...
  Topic: Any update on Red Snapper Season?
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 1
Views: 1327

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:30 pm   Subject: Any update on Red Snapper Season?
The council approved an opening and we are waiting on NOAA to announce the dates.
  Topic: Red snapper decision on Monday
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 9
Views: 5228

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:47 am   Subject: Red snapper decision on Monday
There might be more comments submitted if only those who did so in support of allowing harvest could participate in the Red Snapper fishery.
  Topic: Red snapper decision on Monday
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 9
Views: 5228

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:51 pm   Subject: Red snapper decision on Monday
Thanks for all your hard work Tom and thanks to everyone who submitted public comments. Our voice does make a difference IF we use it. Please think about thanking the council for listening to us.
  Topic: Red snapper opening
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 9
Views: 4353

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:21 pm   Subject: Red snapper opening
Don't be confused by the confusing numbers of fish for recs verses the pounds of fish for consumers. Recreational fishermen will have an almost 300,000 pound quota compared to the 124,815 pound commer ...
  Topic: wind question again
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 8
Views: 7010

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:29 pm   Subject: wind question again


They gave recs over half a million pounds of Red Snapper this year.

In NC???

FL-NC

The entire TAC was over 800,000 pounds for all fishermen. All of it was allocated to projected dead dis ...
  Topic: wind question again
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 8
Views: 7010

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:39 pm   Subject: wind question again
This is what I know. The recreational fisherman has not impacted the NC fisheries this year. Maybe they will give the recs some red snapper next year!

They gave recs over half a million pounds of ...
  Topic: Goliath Groupers
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 7
Views: 5919

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:24 pm   Subject: Goliath Groupers
Thanks for sharing. We released one about 100 pounds this spring out of Morehead.
  Topic: Photo Contest
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 6
Views: 4001

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:03 pm   Subject: Photo Contest
Nice fish and photo. Looks like #4 is the one to beat. Hope my vote helps you win.
  Topic: Young diver passed away looking to build an artificial reef in memory of him
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 6
Views: 5416

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:42 pm   Subject: Young diver passed away looking to build an artificial reef in memory of him
Done, thanks for sharing.
  Topic: Fresh Local Red Snapper
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 38
Views: 27905

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Mon May 29, 2017 7:31 pm   Subject: Fresh Local Red Snapper
So I went to one of my go to places for let's call it a fried fish roll, which I get all the time. They normally use wahoo, grouper, or some type of premium white fish , whatever they have. It has alw ...
  Topic: Releasing bottom fish
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 55
Views: 36867

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 2:52 pm   Subject: Releasing bottom fish
Got mine from OCEAN (Oregon Coalition for Educating ANglers) it's the simple type no real moving parts or springs.

Is that the modified Fish Grip? The success with that or a similar program and vol ...
  Topic: Releasing bottom fish
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 55
Views: 36867

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 10:45 am   Subject: Releasing bottom fish
Has anyone else used their SeaQualizer? We released several Red Snapper last trip that could swim without help and one that would have floated off and died without it.

Our goal should be to make r ...
  Topic: Offshore wind towers might be BAD structure
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 13
Views: 9608

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Tue May 23, 2017 10:36 am   Subject: Offshore wind towers might be BAD structure
This is one of the many reasons we should think about how any potential offshore energy exploration or production can be done with as many positive benefits and few negative impacts as possible. Coast ...
  Topic: Releasing bottom fish
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 55
Views: 36867

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 11:07 am   Subject: Releasing bottom fish
We successfully released about a 100 pound Goliath Grouper using a Seaqualizer and over 10 pounds of weight. It was a beautiful fish that would have died if we let it float off. Please consider sharin ...
  Topic: Releasing bottom fish
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 55
Views: 36867

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 6:52 pm   Subject: Releasing bottom fish
This looks like a viable alternative to the SeaQualizer. I tend to lean toward the KISS principal. wtg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB6oNolIq8g

Haven't seen those around here. A barbless ...
  Topic: Releasing bottom fish
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 55
Views: 36867

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Mon May 08, 2017 5:33 pm   Subject: Releasing bottom fish
How much weight do you typically use with the SeaQualizer?

It depends on the fish and how bloated they are. It seems to average about 1 pound of lead per 7 pounds of fish. We have a SeaQualizer rig ...
  Topic: Good grief....
ChrisMcCaffity

Replies: 10
Views: 7082

PostForum: On The Hill   Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 11:33 am   Subject: Re: Red snapper
Alabama and Mississippi have claimed waters out to 9 miles and started an accelerated artificial reef program to build their red snapper stocks. They now set their own seasons and bag limits independe ...
 
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