Crowds head to piers for start of fishing season; new rules for fishing starting April 1

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Crowds are flocking to piers for the start of fishing season along the Crystal Coast.

Opening weekend for Emerald Isle’s Bogue Pier started two weeks ago and the owner said they’ve had a consistent flow of folks coming to fish every day.

Many of the people out Wednesday were catching blow fish and blue fish, which they said is common for this time of the year.

With spring break in full gear, many young kids took up fishing, including one boy and his father all the way from Ohio.

“We came out here and like the first 15 minutes we weren’t catching anything and one more cast and I started catching fish,” said Ben Cooper of his new found love for fishing in Emerald Isle.

There are also a few changes you need to know when going out to fish starting April 1st. The first prohibits non-stationary gill nets from blocking more than two-thirds of a body of water. The second makes you stay when fishing with gill nets on the Newport River. And third, mechanical methods of oyster harvesting can only be used in internal coastal waters, not the Atlantic Ocean.

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