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Fishing

  • Fishermen, hold the line

    By Barrett McMuullan

    I feel like William Wallace from the movie “Braveheart,” when he held his army back from attacking the approaching enemy until the perfect moment. “Hold the line. Hold! Hold!”
    Well, it’s March and we fishermen are being unfairly forced to restrain ourselves from attacking all those fish out there thanks to Mother Nature.

  • Welcome back from winter, Brunswick County fishermen

    I guess I could say it has been a long winter, but honestly, it didn’t really start until February. But the last month has certainly been a cold, wet and miserable one.
    For the last couple of years, I have looked forward to the month of February, when schools of giant bluefin tuna have been congregating and feeding off the Outer Banks. I am no stranger to fishing for giant bluefin tuna; my crew and I have been participating in the fishery for 15 years now, which peaked in our local area from 2006-2008.

  • Team Instigator finishes 14th in SKA Nationals

    By Keith Logan
    Special to The Beacon
    In the Southern Kingfish Association Nationals in Biloxi, Miss., Team Instigator finished 14th out 109 boats in the open class. The open class consists of boat 24-39 feet long. Instigator was one of 10 boats fewer than 29 feet long fishing the open class and it was the only boat fewer than 29 feet long that finished in the top 30.

  • Kingfish road trip visits the pinnacle of tournament season

    King mackerel tournament fishing in our part of the world is an important cultural event. North Carolina is the birthplace of king mackerel tournament fishing and during the last 30-plus years the sport has provided an arena for fishermen who enjoy the challenge of not only targeting and catching big king mackerel but also competing with fellow anglers.

  • Charlie the Tuna won’t like ‘Surf and Saltwater Fishing,’ but anglers will

    Editor’s note: This is a reprint of a Brunswick Beacon review about Jeffrey Weeks’ book “Surf and Saltwater Fishing in the Carolinas.” The book was published last year.

  • Tour trip mixes fishing, nostalgia

    Editor’s note: This column was first published in The Beacon on Aug. 4, 2011.
    I spent the most of last week doing nothing but fishing with the folks in Brunswick County, riding surf to pier and jumping from boat to boat with old friends and new. I barely slept but it was well worth it.
    It is the height of tourist season now and while the fishing is not what I’d call spectacular the fishermen are, locals and visitors, and good times and colorful stories abound.

  • Tips for catching flounder, recipes for cooking flounder

    Editor’s note: This column was first published in The Beacon on March 31, 2011.

    Spring means flounder fishing along the Brunswick County coast. The warmer water brings flounder into inshore waters, and anglers pursue them in many different ways.
    Many traditional flounder fishermen are content to drift or troll the inlets, dragging live bait on the bottom and letting the boat do the work for them. But for those anglers seeking larger flatfish, anchoring up and casting to structures is a better tactic.

  • Catching a flying fishing rod is much harder than it sounds

    Editor’s note: The column was first published in The Beacon on June 11, 2009.

    Do I have a fish story for you.
    Last weekend I was flounder fishing on foot around the Sunset Beach Bridge. If you know the old bridge area, you know it’s beside the new bridge they are building, where a lot of old pilings are on their sides. I was on the island side, on the opposite shore from the new bridge construction.

  • For Sale wins Fall Brawl King Classic

    Staff Report

    The crew of For Sale won the Yellowfin/Yamaha Fall Brawl King Classic Sunday at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.
    Roger A. Pennington, of Aiken, S.C., landed a 30.25-pound king mackerel.
    Finishing second was the crew of Blue Ice Bandit. Tim Lowry, of Norwood, landed a 26.64-pound king mackerel. The crew also won the 23-foot boat division.
    Finishing third was Reely Miss Behavin. Ricky Holden, of Kernersville, landed a 24.21-pound king mackerel.
    The tournament attracted 77 boats.

  • Sandy has little effect on fisheries

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission spent this week monitoring coastal rivers to determine the extent of damage the massive storm may have wreaked on fish populations.
    As it turns out, Hurricane Sandy, unlike Hurricanes Fran in 1996, Floyd in 1999, Isabel in 2003 and Irene in 2011, left North Carolina’s coastal fisheries relatively unscathed.