• It’s time for annual Jolly Mon tournament

    I’m an offshore fisherman at heart with a passion for tournament fishing. This week the pinnacle of offshore tournament fishing in Brunswick County arrives by way of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Tournament. The Jolly Mon has become one of the largest, most festive and lucrative fishing tournaments on the East Coast and is highly anticipated by competitors and their families each year.
    So, what makes the Jolly Mon into the unique community event it has become?

  • The excitement of fishing in a tournament

    The phone rang late in the evening with the voice on the other end saying, “I have live shrimp.” It was just the kind of phone call I needed to give my clients and me a great chance at finding a tournament-winning redfish in the Fisherman’s Post Flounder Tournament.
    Scott Rivers, Deana Rivers and nephew Jackson Simpson got on a red-hot redfish bite with me Saturday morning. The problem we had was landing the right size fish. We had several fish that were too large to handle, breaking our lines and pulling the hooks on several upper slot reds.

  • Finally, weather and fish are cooperating

    Now there’s a headline to this column you seldom read. When does that ever happen? I think Mother Nature has finally decided to have pity on us fishermen who have barely survived through the spring. But those of us who endured are being rewarded with record-breaking catches.
    The cobia fishing has been the best I have ever seen in my 20-plus years of fishing. Cobia were once just a by-catch of king mackerel fishing, but now they have become a legitimate fishery that can be targeted.  
    A couple keys to success are:  

  • It’s an order: It is time to go fish

    By Barrett McMullan
    Fishing Columnist

  • Flounder are a prime target in the backwaters now

    Flounder have been a prime target in our backwaters this week. The weather conditions have also allowed small boats to get out on the beach a few days this week, targeting schools of Spanish.

  • Time to get your flounder on

    The flounder bite has been improving each day with more keeper fish showing up between the short ones. Live mud minnows are the easiest bait to get your hands on, as most tackle shops have them for sale.

  • Far Out Shootout among week’s fishing highlights

    It seems this spring we’ve been writing about the slow start to the season and how the unstable weather has kept frustrated fishermen stuck on the dock waiting for our three favorite words: light and variable.

  • Glimmers of hope in fishing world

    I opened the door this morning and was greeted to an arctic blast, which resulted in an immediate about-face and wardrobe adjustment.

  • Sluggish backwater bite

    The backwaters surrounding the Ocean Isle Beach area have not been producing the kind of action expected for this time of year.
    The flounder bite has been on and off with only a few good fish biting a hook. Red drum and black drum have gotten picky in their feeding habits. Trout seem to be spread all over the place, making them hard to target. I can only speculate that the back-and-forth weather patterns have continued to play a role in making our resident fish sluggish and slowing down the flow of migrating fishing into our waters.

  • May-Vember?
 One of these days it really will be May

    This is one of those weeks when it’s tough to be a fishing report columnist. It’s supposed to be the time of year when the fishing is at its best and I’m full of reports and fish stories from inshore to offshore. Instead I’m going to sound like a broken record poormouthing the rotten weather we’ve been experiencing.