Jeff Murphy of Madison, N.C. isn’t new to bear hunting — he’s killed nine bears in the past 15 or so years — but the one he killed on Nov. 13 was one unlike any he’s ever seen. Even from 500 yards away, which is the distance the bear was when Murphy shot it, he could tell it was abnormally large.
Dr. Michelle Duval of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, chair of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, anticipates a few changes to how the snapper/grouper fishery is managed after fishermen brought up some issues during the SAFMC’s Visioning Project last year.
John Mallette’s love affair with grouper began when he was a teen on Topsail Island, where his family once owned Ocean City Pier. He took a trip with Joe Hifko, a noted fisherman, and was hooked right away.