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Fishing

  • 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.

  • Morning fishing is more popular during July heat

    n Heat takes a bite out of inshore fishing but fish remain to be caught
    The rising heat has taken a bit of a bite out of inshore fishing as we have entered July, although there are still fish out there to be caught, especially in the morning. The high temperatures coupled with the threat of afternoon thunderstorms bear watching by those on the water. For now, morning fishing is popular and less is going on in the heat of midday.

  • Matching lures to the fish this summer

    Summer can be a difficult time to turn fish on in Brunswick County, but if you fish on the edges of the day and when the tide is really moving, there are still plenty of targets out there.
    On some days the fishing is slow and live or fresh cut bait is your best bet. When you are on a school of trout or red drum, or the flounder are really active in clear water, then switching to lures is more fun and often more productive because you can fish them faster and efficiently.

  • Jolly Mon winner crowned; king mackerel bite hot

    Look at the title to this report: “King Bite Hot.” Now there’s something you haven’t seen me write in a long time. It is hard to believe how the 2012 Jolly Mon King Classic unfolded. It could not have been scripted any better.
    After enduring an early summer of storms that caused the postponement of the original tournament dates, left the water stirred up and made the king mackerel uncooperative, the skies opened up and Mother Nature sent a blessing down in the form of a great weather weekend and great fishing.