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Fishing

  • Inshore fishing now in a hot-water pattern

    With daytime temperatures in the 80s and water temperatures in the high 70s, inshore fishing is still firmly in a hot-water pattern with a lot of fish hitting on the edge of the day and nothing much happening in between.
    This type of cycle can fool some visitors into thinking there is not a fish in the ocean because they aren’t going to see much caught while people are most active between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. That doesn’t mean the fish aren’t there, though, and early morning and evening anglers are still enjoying some nice action.

  • Time to target sheepshead, black drum

    As the water temperature gets hotter, Brunswick County fishermen are seeing some of their best pier and inshore action come from two reliable and hardy structure-oriented fish: the sheepshead and black drum. Both of these tough fighters are available now around piers, bridges, docks and over oyster beds and will hit both day and night.

  • Annual flounder tourney is June 8-9

    Staff Report

    The 29th annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament, based from the Shallotte Point  Volunteer Fire Department, is 7 a.m.-5 p.m. June 8-9.
    The captains’ meeting is 6-10 p.m. June 7 at the fire department. Tourney participants, who must have a North Carolina Saltwater Fishing License, may fish in all places between Wildlife Landing at Sunset Harbor (including Blue Water Point) and Little River Inlet. No ocean fishing and no congregation of boats are permitted.

  • Named storms can put a damper on offshore fishing

    It is hard not to feel as if something is not out there conspiring against the world of offshore sport fishing. Fuel prices, government regulations and weather have put a hex on the sport that is driving its participants into extinction.
    The most recent blows have come from not one but two named storms that have literally formed within a few miles of our beaches. And, of course, both storms have affected our area over the weekend: the most recent over an important holiday weekend.

  • Inshore fishing is in a firm summertime pattern

    June begins tomorrow, but Brunswick County inshore fishing is already in a firm summertime pattern, with anglers looking for hardy fish like flounder and black drum during the day and restricting most trout, bluefish and red drum efforts to the morning or late afternoon.

  • Weather keeps fish safe in Far Out Shoot Out Tourney

    Several years ago I changed the format of the Far Out Shoot Out: Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo Tournament to a format whereby boats participating could choose to fish one out of eight days.
    The idea was to offer a larger weather window and, hopefully, participants could compete under better conditions. You would think eight days would do it, but this year the weather gods won, and the fish were safe from the tournament fishermen.

  • Flounder striking at all times of day

    Brunswick County inshore fishing is falling into an early summerlike pattern most likely because of the rising water temperatures. That means good action in the early morning and at night, and when the tide is really moving, but slow fishing at times during the heat of the day.

  • ‘Conspiracy’ discovered

    For all the conspiracy theory folks out there, consider this: The economy goes in the tank for the last several years, keeping fishermen off the water. Fuel prices skyrocket, keeping fishermen off the water. Politics take a turn such that our current administration creates all sorts of rules keeping fishermen off the water. The wind machine cranks up keeping fishermen off the water…

  • Redfish, black drum are good targets now

    Inshore and pier fishing has continued to pick back up in Brunswick County as the water warms. We should have solid action from now until the water gets really hot in late June and July.
    Flounder continue to hit well inshore and some are showing up off the piers. The favored live bait is still mud minnows but finger mullet and small pinfish will work as well. Anglers casting the scented soft bait lures are also catching flounder around structure.

  • Near-shore fishing is improving

    As water temperatures continue to rise, the near-shore fishing for Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and cobia will continue to improve.
    This past week the Spanish mackerel bite has turned back on as schools of good sized Spanish can be found all along Brunswick beaches feeding on glass minnows in 20-30 feet of water. Trolling topwater Clark Spoon Alabama rigs has been effective in capitalizing on this fishery.