• 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.  

  • The fish are already wet

    By Barrett McMullan
    Fishing Columnist

  • The only kind of citation to be coveted

    Sarah Sue Ingram
    Fishing Columnist

  • Summer fishing finally taking hold

    By Barrett McMullan
    Fishing Correspondent

    After such a hectic week and weekend with our hosting of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Tournament, it was back to normalcy around the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and time to get back to fishing.

  • Hitting the target: red and black drum

    Redfish have been the No. 1 target for most of our trips this past week, and we have enjoyed success on most trips. Black drum have been the secondary target and have also provided excitement at times.
    Flounder and trout have joined the action periodically, but they have been incidental catches as we have been targeting other species.
    Russell Combs had been communicating with me via email. Combs said he would be bringing his 9-year-old son, Nate Combs, and his 9-year-old nephew, Mike Niemeic, on the charter.

  • 2013 Jolly Mon King Classic: Down Time wins

    Mark Long, of Harrells, Regina Reep and Elijah Sorenson loaded up their 26-foot boat on Saturday morning with aspirations of catching a big king mackerel.
    They were fishing the Jolly Mon King Classic King Mackerel tournament, one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast, and they were one of 205 teams competing for the same prize. However, they ended up alone atop the leader board because at 1:15 p.m. a big king mackerel bit their line, and skill and good fortune landed that fish—a very impressive 41.65-pound king mackerel to be exact.