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Fishing

  • Gulf Stream wishes come true

    Last weekend provided anglers a perfect example of what summertime fishing off our coast is all about. The weather finally calmed to where almost any angler with a boat could have fished nearshore on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31. While fishing in these nearshore waters, anglers experienced great Spanish mackerel action as well as a few stray cobia on the 3- to 5-mile artificial reefs. These cobia will continue to populate artificial reefs and ledges as the water temperatures increase. Live and dead baits such as menhaden and squid are perfect offerings for the curious cobia.

  • Flounder bite rebounds after storm
  • Gulf Stream fishing in full swing

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

    As I sat on the dock enduring what seemed to be a never-ending tropical storm, I thought of the familiar saying “this too shall pass.” Meaning, if I was patient enough, the storm will pass, the seas would become calm and the fish would begin to bite again.

    Well, thankfully, last weekend, the storm passed and the fish were definitely hungry.

  • Flounder looking at stiff regulations

     We have just experienced our first tropical system of the year and it is only May. It is my hope the tropics will be much like last year, making this our one and only system that affects our area this year.

  • Ana scuppers fishing activities

     By Capt. Derek Treffinger

    As forecast, tropical storm Ana has officially unleashed its wrath on our county. This tropical depression not only created transportation problems and flooding but also brought the fast and furious fishing to a screeching halt.

    Before the storm, almost any spot in the ocean was producing some sort of catchable species. The Spanish mackerel were along the beach, the king mackerel were biting in the 20- to 40-mile range and the Gulf Stream bite was really picking up.

  • Spanish mackerel biting on the beach

     The backwater action has been hit or miss for most of us lately in our immediate area. That is sure to change as the weather pattern has become more stable. Most of the action in the backwater has been coming from flounder and croaker. Most of those fish are too small to keep for the dinner table.

  • Fishing needs weather to be stable
  • Indications are this will be a great Gulf Stream season

     By Capt. Derek Treffinger

    It seems every year I get a text message or an email from a fishing buddy stating he “left them biting,” meaning the fishing was so good the crew was tired of catching what was biting and moved elsewhere to catch something else. It just so happens I got a text message from Cody Tucker, who fished the Gulf Stream last weekend, saying “we left them biting.”

  • Fishing continues to improve with warmer temperatures

     

    Capt. Derek Treffinger

    It seems as if our fish population of Brunswick County has finally crept out of its winter haunts for good. This past week signified fish are around and they are hungry. Water temperatures along the beach climbed to a mild 65 degrees last weekend, providing the fish another reason to come closer to shore. No matter whether you were to fish inshore, nearshore or offshore, the bite has been better than what it was three weeks ago.

  • Heavy rain impedes the spring bite