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Fishing

  • Many reports of January flounder unusual

    The mild winter is certainly having a positive effect on Brunswick County inshore fishing, especially compared to last year’s harsh stay-at-home conditions. I can’t remember a January in local waters when I have gotten so many reports from anglers catching flounder. The redfish schools roaming the shallows are huge and accessible just about every day.

  • Long Bay reef project gets grant

    The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have approved 14 grants, totaling $1.99 million, for the 2012 cycle. The grants are funded from the N.C. Marine Resources Fund, which receives revenues from the sale of Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses.

  • Fishermen to rally March 21 in D.C.

    Staff report

    U.S. recreational and commercial fishermen will gather March 21 beside the U.S. Capitol in an organized demonstration supporting the amendment of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson Act).
    A rally on Feb. 24, 2010, under a United We Fish banner, attracted about 5,000 recreational, commercial and party/charter vessel owners and folks in associated businesses from all over the country to Washington.

  • MirrOlure plugs are dependable, sturdy

    The mild winter has some anglers still fishing while others are shopping at boat and tackle shows. Right now speckled trout and redfish can be caught in the shallows of Brunswick County. Meanwhile, many folks are buying tackle in preparation for the spring fishing season.
    Very few speckled trout and red drum fishing fanatics lack a collection of colorful MirrOlures. The sturdy and dependable plugs are the traditional hard bait associated with sea trout, as well as redfish, and for good reason.

  • Scented baits are effective in enticing redfish and specks

    February is almost upon us and that means anglers are out tossing fishing lures trying to catch schooled up speckled trout and redfish. They are also out at boat shows and tackle shops buying the many different kinds of lures that are used to target specks and red drum today.

  • In cold weather, use the proper lures

    The big cold front blew through Brunswick County last week and led to good inshore fishing last weekend.
    With sunny days and cold nights a strong possibility this weekend, the fishing should be good again. The weather is just cold enough to keep the inshore redfish and speckled trout bite going and not too cold to shut it off, which means anglers working lures to the schools when the sun is up are having good luck.

  • Tips and tricks on using Gulp baits

    The worst-kept secret among local winter speckled trout and redfish anglers is that Gulp lures are the real deal. Whereas scented baits once were looked upon by saltwater anglers as gimmicks and cons, brands like Gulp have made believers out of even die-hard traditionalists. The age-old argument about whether scent matters has pretty much been settled.
    I get a lot of emails from Brunswick County anglers about how to use Gulps once you buy them. Everyone seems to have a different way and all of them work.

  • Don’t let cold deter you from fishing

    A pattern of sunny days and chilly but not too-cold nights has inshore anglers chasing the usual winter suspects. Many folks are surprised to learn that winter fishing in Brunswick County actually gives anglers a decent chance to catch fish, but those who put away their rods and reels due to colder weather often miss some of the best action of the year.

  • Fishing gets better as weather gets colder

    First of all, Merry Christmas to all the anglers and seafood cooks of Brunswick County. I think I have spoken or otherwise communicated with more of you this year than any other year before and I admire the fact that despite the economic hardships we are all facing it seems as if more of you are out hunting and fishing than ever before. You are also doing a great job of passing the ultimate interactive sports on to our children.

  • Advice on catching speckled trout

    Speckled trout are among the most popular and sought after inshore fish in Brunswick County during the winter. Because they stay inside all year, most trout anglers have just really begun to go after them.
    So far there have been encouraging numbers locally, although the trout have been on the small side. They will get larger as they make their way into their traditional winter holding areas.