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Fishing

  • Live bait is the best lure in hot weather

    The weather has cooled slightly but we are still firmly in a summertime pattern ruled by the heat and afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The bite has been slow inshore, while there are more fish moving on the tides at the jetties, in the surf and just offshore.

  • Inshore fishing getting better: Redfish, flounder, black drum biting

    Inshore fishing has improved during the last two weeks, with some slightly cooler temperatures and a lot of bait in the water leading to better action.
    There has been solid fishing on redfish, flounder and black drum as well as some pompano in the surf and off the piers.

  • Second Cast wins third annual Cape Fear Flounder Classic

    Second Cast took home top prize in the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Cape Fear Flounder Classic with a 10.10-pound flounder.   
    Captain Tim Lee from Fayetteville and his crew of Yogie Martin, Mike Clark and John Balentine enthusiastically accepted their winning of $3,036 from event co-chairs Martin Register, BEMC, and Dione Potter at the Southport Marina on Saturday, July 28.

  • King mackerel continue to bite; you just need to use the right bait

    By Capt. Barrett McMullan
    OIFC
    Fishing friends, while Capt. Brant is in recovery mode from his accident (see page 1A for a related story) I will fill in to keep you informed on what’s going on in the fishing world.
    Following the late arrival of King mackerel during the Jolly Mon King tourney, they have continued to bite pretty well, mostly in the 65-foot water depth. The key is to find the bait and you will find the Kings.

  • Cape Fear Flounder Classic is July 28

    The third annual Cape Fear Flounder Classic is July 28 at the Southport Marina.
    This event is organized as a fundraiser for the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Following the prize structure of the chamber’s U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, the all-cash guaranteed prizes total $5,300. Capt. Adam Sellers and crew of Michael Lynn Sellers and Wes Knox, of Bolivia, aboard Magic Stik cashed in last year and took home $3,147 for a 6.5-pound flounder.

  • Kings make their best showing in years

    I apologize for missing last week’s report. The honest truth is I was so wrapped up in fishing, it slipped my mind.
    The Ocean Isle Fishing Center charter crews, myself included, have been enjoying the best king mackerel fishing we have seen in two years. I don’t have an answer as to why, but I will say it sure is nice to feel confident that I can actually go out and target and catch king mackerel on a consistent basis.

  • Fishing should remain moderate until cooler weather

    Local catches of flounder, redfish and speckled trout remain decent though the heat, wind and rain mean you have to work a little bit and time your fishing.
    Early morning fishing is by far the best bet right now, especially if you can time a moving tide in the morning. Fishing should remain moderate inshore until the weather starts to cool with the coming of fall and the fish become more active.

  • In the summer heat, count on red drum and flounder

    Summer heat and afternoon thunderstorms continue to drive inshore fishing, as the best action is being had in the early morning. Fishing a rising tide, or even just a moving one, in the time around dawn and before 10 a.m. is giving anglers their best chances right now.
    The two most dependable species inside continue to be red drum and flounder. Flounder fishing is best on days when the wind is slower than 10 mph and before the afternoon storms hit.
    Fishermen drifting live baits like mud minnows through the inlets and cuts are having the most success.

  • Offshore fishing has been difficult

    Folks, there is no way to sugarcoat it—this week has been a difficult week for offshore fishermen. The good news is the constant southwest wind at 10-20 knots gives us some relief from the oppressive heat while on the water; the bad news is this wind stirs up the ocean and makes catching fish tough and the conditions for fishermen even tougher. Nothing stays the same forever, and it appears this week the weather will change with a so-called cool front coming, which will change the wind flow, hopefully, at some point this week.

  • Best fishing action now are red drum, flounder

    Inshore fishing continues in a typical summertime pattern with the best action coming early and late or on the heaviest moving tides. We got a little break from the most intense heat this week but folks on the water still need to be mindful of the hot weather and the daily potential for afternoon thunderstorms.