• Fish continue to bite after Hurricane Matthew

    Hurricane Matthew ripped through our county a couple weeks ago and with it came record-setting flood waters to inland areas and destruction to properties along the beach. Aside from the horrific damage Matthew caused, folks who suffered minor damage or none at all began to wonder how the storm would affect the fishing. Before the storm, fishing was in full swing with fish biting from the surf to the Gulf Stream. However, once Matthew made its presence upon the Carolina coast, our fantastic fall fishery came to a screeching halt.

  • Drum-matic fishing after Hurricane Matthew
  • Treffingers third in U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

    Over the years, tournament king mackerel fishermen begin to realize that no matter how hard they try, some days are good, and some are bad. It typically isn’t the bait, boat or skirt you have tied to your leader. It’s usually about finding the right spot and hoping your number gets called. It’s a waiting game and all you can do is hope that patience pays off. On Saturday, Oct. 1,  it paid off for my wife, Kelly, and I, as well as the rest of team OIFC: Brant, Amy, Brayden, Caroline and Barrett McMullan.

  • Uncertainty lies ahead for our fishery


  • Cooler weather brings better fishing

    It’s a seasonal transition period for our area and every element associated with fishing is letting us know. The cool morning breeze is just enough to make you think it’s fall, yet by 1 p.m., it’s 90 degrees. Nonetheless, the fish are beginning to cooperate as fall fishing is on our doorstep.

  • Taking children fishing is priceless
  • How winds from the east can affect fishing
  • Tough fishing with tougher weather

    Every fisherman has his idea of what a perfect day on the water would be like. Whether it be catching mahi mahi and wahoo in the Gulf Stream on a warm spring day or catching king mackerel along the beach on a cool, crisp October morning, we all have our dream trip. And unfortunately, no matter how hard we have tried this year, the days where these dream trips have been fulfilled were few and far between.

  • Fin prick causes month of pain, anxiety

    The water temperatures have been very hot this year, staying close to 90 degrees most of the summer. The week of July 24 was the last week I have been able to do any fishing until this past week. It has taken about a month to recover from something that happens to me daily. As a charter guide, I get stuck by fish fins all the time, not to mention all the shrimp that horn me throughout the year. Well, one fish must have gotten me a little bit deeper and apparently was carrying some nasty bacteria. I knew within a few hours this incident was different.

  • Team Reel Blessed wins Jolly Mon King Classic

    At the beginning of every year, tournament king mackerel fishermen of Brunswick County start to plan which tournaments they are considering competing in. Some schedule to fish any event close to home while others struggle to fit one or two in their schedule. However, one tournament almost every angler strives to fish in is the Jolly Mon King Classic.