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Fishing

  • Tricky weather but great fishing

    By Barrett McMullan
    Special to The Beacon
    Overall, fishing this past week remained great—tricky, but great.
    Daily thunderstorms that seemed to appear in the blink of an eye kept fishermen on their toes as they bobbed and weaved from spot to spot trying to stay dry and keep catching.
    Between the dynamic weather conditions, inshore, near shore and offshore, fishermen found plenty of action from a variety of species.

  • Fishing has been strong for redfish

    Inshore fishing is still solidly in a summertime pattern, with anglers battling the heat and the possibility of showers in the afternoon. Despite that, fishing has been strong for redfish and decent for several other species.

  • Fisherman are landing impressive catches, especially king mackerel

    By Barrett McMullan
    OIFC
    This past week, the offshore fishing continued to produce some impressive catches, especially for the king mackerel tournament fishermen trying to get a read on where they should fish in the next tournaments coming up.
    It seems normally during the past couple years we hear of big kings being caught 100 miles up the coast or 100 miles down the coast. Amazingly, the king mackerel fishing patterns appear to have returned to seasons past, as the focus this week has been on our neighborhood waters.

  • Live bait is the best lure in hot weather

    The weather has cooled slightly but we are still firmly in a summertime pattern ruled by the heat and afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The bite has been slow inshore, while there are more fish moving on the tides at the jetties, in the surf and just offshore.

  • Inshore fishing getting better: Redfish, flounder, black drum biting

    Inshore fishing has improved during the last two weeks, with some slightly cooler temperatures and a lot of bait in the water leading to better action.
    There has been solid fishing on redfish, flounder and black drum as well as some pompano in the surf and off the piers.

  • Second Cast wins third annual Cape Fear Flounder Classic

    Second Cast took home top prize in the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Cape Fear Flounder Classic with a 10.10-pound flounder.   
    Captain Tim Lee from Fayetteville and his crew of Yogie Martin, Mike Clark and John Balentine enthusiastically accepted their winning of $3,036 from event co-chairs Martin Register, BEMC, and Dione Potter at the Southport Marina on Saturday, July 28.

  • 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.