• Stingray puts a charge into fishing trip

    The voicemail plays back.
    “This is Gwen Rea and we are looking for a half-day backwater trip.”

  • Fishing conditions could be better, so be patient

    We have been dealing with bad, ugly and worse conditions all season. We have seen small slivers of hope with some strong bites periodically, but finding consistency has been tough. I watched the water clear up nicely Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning last week. Then by Friday afternoon, the water made a nasty change, looking like chocolate milk.

  • Fishing good but behind schedule

    We’re fishermen, it’s always something, right?
    If it’s not the weather we’re blaming, it’s the current, or the moon or the rain. Well, don’t misconstrue the title of this column. Nobody is complaining this time. We just have to reformulate our fishing plans to get back on the same calendar as the fish. Fishing has been very good this summer for a multitude of species. The only thing that has been a little tricky is the normal migration pattern of the pelagic species seems to be running slightly behind compared to past years.

  • Catches getting more consistent this summer

    As I pull out of the commercial canal, I turn to my patrons and say, “Hang on to those hats.”
    “You, young lady, better hold on to that Clemson hat extra tight, because I don’t turn around for Clemson hats.” I enjoy kidding around with the folks who go fishing with me.

  • Shallotte native catches third citation flounder

    By Sarah Sue Ingram
    Beacon correspondent
    First you have to hook him, then you have to bring him in, then you have to net him.
    “It’s hard to net one that size by yourself,” Douglas Hubbard said.
    But he managed to do all three things and capture for posterity the citation flounder he caught July 24 in the Shallotte Inlet.
    The fish weighed 5.4 pounds and measured 24 inches long, according to the official weigh station at Sheffield’s Seafood and Grocery on Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Rain and wind make for tough fishing weather

    Just as we were coming into the middle of last week, the fishing and weather were finally starting to work in our favor. The torrential rainfalls of a couple weeks ago had turned the waters brown and left nearshore fishing at a near standstill. However, as the weather settled, we were starting to see schools of Spanish mackerel and bluefish move back close to shore, a sign we have not seen much of this season.

  • Recently, fishermen are battling more than fish

    The alarm clock’s annoying beep goes silent as I slap it for the third time. As I roll over to get just five more minutes of sleep, my cellphone is ringing. I answer it, hearing the question, “Are we going fishing in these conditions today captain?”
    I wipe my eyes clear and look out the window. The palm trees are bending toward the ground and dark clouds are coming in off the ocean.
    I reply, “How bad do you want to go?”

  • Fishing poised for comeback

    Capt. Barrett McMullan said it right last week: “The fish are already wet.”  
    I thought that was a witty start to a fishing report that I’m sure was difficult to formulate.  But one thing you can count on is that nothing stays the same.  

  • The drum days of summer

    Blue sky with popcorn clouds in the distance gives us a temporary break from the rain. High pressure continues to build to our east, stalling low-pressure systems in the Ohio Valley. This pattern has continued to keep the moisture flowing from the Gulf of Mexico, keeping our area wet.

  • Lightning runs and some good strikes

    We are supposed to be in a June weather pattern, waking up with a light northeasterly land breeze and falling asleep with a light southwesterly sea breeze. Instead, we have been falling asleep with a strong southwesterly sea breeze slapping the side of the house and waking up to the distant rumble of thunder nearly every day this week. The forecast changed little for the next five days, calling for a strong southwesterly flow and possibly strong thunderstorms each evening.