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Fishing

  • Windy conditions bring tough fishing to Brunswick County

     It seems as if our coast may never catch a break from the bad weather this year. Two weeks ago, Tropical Storm Bonnie disrupted our fishing patterns, and just as the weather is about to settle down, Tropical Storm Colin is scheduled to graze our coast as well. The good news is that after a long span of bad, turbulent sea conditions, usually a long span of calm conditions soon follows. 

  • Fishing controversy over House Bill 1122

     Two weeks ago I wrote about House Bill 1122, which proposes a law be passed removing all gill nets from our coastal creeks. I have received overwhelming responses from both recreational fishermen in favor of this bill and commercial fishermen who oppose this bill.

  • Tropical Storm Bonnie slows fishing

     It is amazing how a change in the weather patterns can drastically change the fishing off our coast. This week the Brunswick County coast experienced the undecided nature of tropical storm Bonnie. As this storm originated around Tuesday and Wednesday of last week in the Caribbean, the fishing off our coast was downright incredible for this time of year. The mahi mahi were still biting in the Gulf Stream, the king mackerel and cobia were extremely aggressive in the 20-mile range, and it was all I could do to keep a Spanish mackerel off my hook while fishing along the beach.

  • Cobia Clash this weekend Ocean Isle Fishing Center
  • Get gill nets out of coastal creeks
  • Rising water temperatures improving the fishing
  • Mother’s Day also a good time to go fishing
  • Gulf Stream action heating up

    The first week of May can be a magical time for fishermen of Brunswick County. As history tells it, May is typically the transition month for almost all targeted species of game fish along the southeastern section of North Carolina. Mahi mahi have begun their annual late spring run up the edge of the coast, the king mackerel have started feeding in the 30-mile range and, thankfully, a few Spanish mackerel have been found along the beachfront. 

  • Flounder are biting in many areas

    The average water temperature in our area is holding in the lower 70s and that has triggered a good flounder bite. Shallow areas like Tubbs Inlet and Dunn Sound, S.C., and Hogg Inlet S.C., have all produced numbers of small flounder the last few weeks. As the water temperature has continued rise and is holding around 70 degrees even in our surf zones, deeper areas have started to show signs of life. Places like the Little River (S.C.) jetties, Shallotte Inlet and Lockwood Folly have all seen more flounder this week with solid keepers in the mix.

  • Great time to try to catch mahi mahi

    Every spring an event occurs that puts offshore anglers of our area into ultimate pandemonium. The chaos begins with just one or two boats that head to the Gulf Stream in search of a tug on the line. Typically, these boats return to the dock with decent success, which also sparks interest of more anglers to venture offshore. Then, before you know it, dozens of boats are returning to the dock with incredible tales all revolving around one thing: the late spring mahi mahi run.