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Fishing

  • Conditions are good for fall fishing

    Fall is now upon us and the fish have begun stirring and moving around frantically, fueled by water temperature and hormones. The next three weeks may be the best time of the year to grab your rod and go fishing from surf, pier or boat.
    Fishing guides have their hands full of customers every day now. Capt. Patrick Kelly of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters says this is his most fruitful time of the year.

  • October a great month for anglers

    Fishing is always a matter of luck and timing, but early October really puts that in sharp focus. Folks are having fun and catching fish, but the bite can come and go quickly.
    On the piers, anglers are waiting on fish both big and small. Schools of spot and snapper bluefish, as well as mullet and pogies (menhaden), are running down the coast and into the inlets, rivers and cuts causing fish like big chopper blues, Spanish mackerel and king mackerel to come within striking distance.

  • New rules on fishing licenses

    Beginning Oct. 1, coastal recreational fishermen can lose their fishing licenses for violating fishing rules.
    Recreational fishermen will fall under the same license suspension, revocation and reissuance schedule as commercial fishermen, and that schedule will change Oct. 1, as well.
    “Fishermen will face longer license suspensions for most violations,” said Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. “However, non-resource-related violations will no longer count against suspension or revocation of a license.”

  • And then it was fall…. What autumn means off the coast

    All hands on deck! This is a red alert, five-alarm call to arms for anyone who has wet a hook off the Brunswick County coast or has ever thought about wetting a hook off the Brunswick County coast. Fall is here!

  • Book has tips for new and veteran Southern surfcasters

    Every Brunswick County angler should own a copy of the new book “The Southern Surfcaster” by S. Cameron Wright, which was published this year by The History Press. Wright’s book is a strategic and well-thought out categorization of every tip and resources surfcasters need to catch fish from our beaches. It is well written and strongly organized so newcomers to surf casting and veteran old salts will both pick up a tactic, or 10.

  • Transitioning seasons on the sea

    We had a glimpse of fall hit us last week, and by the end of this week I think we will get another taste.
    The cool, crisp mornings get the fisherman’s adrenaline flowing. However, September can be a difficult month for fishing. It feels like fall, and thus you expect the fish to be in a fall pattern.

  • Mullet a good choice as a live bait

    Fall begins this weekend, but the autumn fishing season is already under way with many fall species biting despite often-murky water from the occasional storms. As usual for late September, there are plenty of baitfish in the water and the fishing should be good for the near future.

  • Capts. Brant and Barret McMullan Offshore Report

    Over the weekend we awoke to a new world: We had a northerly breeze, lower humidity and a hint of fall in the air. That should be enough to get your angling instincts stirring, but let me add a little information on what’s going on at the coast. We have a couple of crisis issues occurring that need to be noted.
    First, rumors have it there is not a bottle of Carolina Treat BBQ sauce left unsold in Brunswick County. The shelves are bare, as the first significant mullet run is occurring as a result of the northerly winds.

  • Open King Mackerel Tournament is Oct. 5-6

    The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is Oct. 5-6 at Southport Marina. Those planning on fishing in the tourney have until Sept. 14 to register if they want to qualify for the early bird drawings.

  • Fall fishing season is off to an early start

    The fall fishing season in Brunswick County has gotten off to an early start as baitfish and predators are celebrating the end of a long, hot summer by swarming around the usual hotspots. Schools of mullet continue to increase, leading to better inshore fishing for speckled trout, redfish and flounder.
    Redfish are hitting around the bridges and docks in the waterway and larger over-the-slot red drum are being caught at the jetties.