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Fishing

  • Fishing for shark, barracuda

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger 

    It has once again been another tough week for anglers in Brunswick County. Between the torrential rainstorms and gale force winds, it seems fishermen can’t catch a break. The storms that stalled across our coastline last week produced torrential rains, which dirtied our near shore waters. This shattered almost every angler’s hope to catch Spanish mackerel along the beach this week.

  • Change in weather brings new challenge
  • August is month to catch wahoo

    By Derek Treffinger

    It has been a long, hard week for fishermen along the Brunswick County beaches. The beginning of the week presented us a miserable 15- to 20-knot east wind that kept almost every fisherman stuck at the dock. Then to follow the wonderful wind we had, massive lines of wind, rain and thunderstorms hhovered over our coast almost all weekend. It seems we as fishermen cannot seem to catch a break here lately. However, there is one thing to look forward toward once this miserable weather ends: the fishing can only improve.

  • Rules about anchored gill net permits

     A few years ago, the harmful effects of sea turtle encounters with gill nets were brought to the mainstream. Technology has allowed concerned observers to capture video and pictures of all sorts of marine life destroyed by those careless with gill nets. Gill nets left unattended for several hours can capture and destroy many marine animals, such as sea turtles, dolphins, birds and sturgeon.

  • Hurricane passes and mullet minnows surge

     The fishing column has been absent the last couple weeks but not because of the lack of fishing action. We are in the peak of our busy season and traffic should remain steady until mid-August. We have just experienced our first close call this season with a hurricane and we should be thankful for the near miss. Folks on the Outer Banks got the worst of it, but it could have been much worse. Let’s hope this is the first and last one we have to deal with this season.

  • In Jolly Mon King Classic, tough got tougher

     By Derek Treffinger

    The big weekend has come to an end. Tournament anglers slide their boats back onto the trailer either licking their wounds or counting the cash they won from the big king mackerel tournament last weekend. For some of you that are unaware of the event, the Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic took place Thursday, June 26, through Sunday, June 29, out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.

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  • Floundering around in June

     

    It has been a typical spring season for the Brunswick islands. The winter cold overlapped well into our spring season, stunning the migration and growth of bait. It has been harder than usual to find finger mullet, shrimp and menhaden. These are all staple food sources for our flounder when they start to travel from the ocean into our backwater looking for an easy meal.

  • Not to worry, fish are on their way

     By Derek Treffinger

    It is safe to say that patience is a virtue. Whether it’s fishing in the backwaters for redfish or standing in line at your favorite eatery, patience will issue an individual more satisfaction when the opportunity finally presents itself. Patience is what near shore and offshore anglers need this time of year. The fish are making their transition from offshore to near shore and can be frustrating to catch if you don’t take a few precautionary measures before venturing out.

  • Cobia, here we come

     Derek Treffinger

    During the Memorial Day weekend, tourists and anglers alike flocked to the Brunswick beaches to have their first big vacation. While packing the beach chairs, sunscreen and coolers, they realize their favorite fishing rod isn’t packed up. Or will they even need it this year? The answer is yes.