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Fishing

  • 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.

  • Adam Fulford wins Mini-Stock race at Myrtle Beach Speedway

    By Bill Hennecy
    Special to The Beacon
    MYRTLE BEACH SPEEDWAY—Racing action Saturday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway saw a new winner go to victory lane.  Former track champion Sam Yarbrough was back in form and on his game after taking the lead from early leader Anthony Anders.

  • Southport team wins $18,463 in Jolly Mon King Classic

    Staff Report

    A Southport team swept three major awards at the Jolly Mon King Classic during the weekend. The tourney was based at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.
    Dave Canady, fishing aboard Snap One, caught a 41.60-pound king mackerel. Canady also won the Scott Hewett Memorial senior angler category. T.K. Nowell, also fishing aboard Snap One, won the Lady Angler prize. Preston Nowell was also a member of the crew.
    Combined with top finishes in the tournament within a tournament and the high rollers tourney, Snap One won $18,463.

  • Pier fishing has been inconsistent but rewarding

    Summer fishing in Brunswick County has officially begun, though we have been in a summerlike pattern for a while. Fishing has been generally solid this month with nice catches of redfish, flounder and sheepshead inshore.
    Action has been unsteady, however, due to a constantly shifting wind that has blown hard at times.

  • Jolly Mon King Classic is this weekend


    For the first time in the Jolly Mon King Classic fishing tournament’s 15-plus years of history, the tournament was postponed.
    It was Mother Nature who is to blame, as she whipped up a nice northeast wind that pushed offshore seas in excess of 6 feet during the originally scheduled Jolly Mon dates last weekend.

  • Jolly Mon King Classic rescheduled

    The 2012 Jolly Mon King Classic is going to be rescheduled for June 22-24.
    The original dates of June 15-17 are being postponed because of a combination of a poor weather forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the current status of the king mackerel fishery.
    This is the first time in the event’s 18-year history that dates will be postponed. However, Mother Nature reigns supreme and we all must answer to her wishes.

  • 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.