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Fishing

  • Fast changes in our fishery

     The water temperatures have gone from the low 60s to the low 70s in a week. We have had winds from all directions last week, but the east winds really started over the weekend. Water color was great Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9, but once the winds changed to the east our water went back to a dark brown. The only green water we are seeing in the Ocean Isle area is near the Shallotte Inlet and Tubbs Inlet during a rising tide. Conditions are changing quickly and the fishing also has been changing quickly.

  • Black drum bite saves the day
  • Fishing begins to heat up with temperatures

     After enduring temperatures in the low 30s this past weekend, it is safe to say spring weather needs to hurry up. The fish are cold, and I’m sure many of you are tired of breaking back out your heavy winter jackets. Thankfully, the forecast is looking better for us, the fish and of course the Easter bunny. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 60s to low 70s all week, which will raise the water temperatures. Thus, the fishing should pick up significantly this weekend.

  • Adjusting to conditions results in memorable trip

     In this week’s column, I can confidently say it feels as if spring is near. Water temperatures are beginning to rise with the air temperatures and the fishing seems to be improving. Most anglers had good luck fishing along the Gulf Stream this past weekend, March 14-15. They reported a decent wahoo bite way down south toward the Winyah Scarp and also way up north toward the Same Ole Hole. They seemed to be biting black/purple and red/black lures the best.

  • Kicking off the spring fishing season

     It looks as if the warm spring air is finally here to stay. Prickly pear trees are in full bloom and those with allergies are feeling the effects of the pollen. Dogwood trees are loaded with bulbs and most likely will burst into full bloom later this week. Every bird in the sky is singing songs and looking for love. These are all signals it is time to shake off the dust and get on the water. Are you ready? Do you have everything that you need?

  • Fishing takes persistence and patience
  • Fishing springs into action

     Our winter has been long, cold and wet this year. The past few days have shown promise that warmer days are in our near future. The houses are booking up fast along the beach as folks are getting prepared for summer vacation. There is light at the end of this gloomy, wet tunnel. If you are a fisherman, now is the time to polish off the final touches on your boat and gear. As the warms days start to appear, the fishing will spring into action. Be ready, it’s coming.

  • Major injustice to the fishing community
  • Repercussions of illegal gill netting
  • Coastal Carolina University Fishing Club has sixth annual fishing seminar

    The winter weather has yet to vacate our area. Last Sunday, Feb. 8, we experienced a brief showing of spring weather with temperatures in the high 60s. Most anglers took this as an opportunity to wet a line and that spring was right around the corner.

    Boy, were we wrong.

    Thick jackets quickly replaced T-shirts and shorts when winter storm Octavia showed up. It seems as if the wind and the cold will never end.