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Fishing

  • Many baits are effective in luring flounder this winter

    It is rare I am writing about flounder in February, but this year has been an exception.
    The winter has been mild, and even with colder temperatures lately many flounder have stayed inshore. There are always some flounder about in the winter, especially small ones, but this year anglers and giggers are finding an unusual number of keepers.

  • Solid fishing this winter is unusual

    The extremely mild winter continues and Brunswick County anglers are still enjoying unusually good catches of speckled trout and redfish, and I have never seen a winter when so many flounder were still inshore. The usually high activity of baitfish, shrimp and crabs in the water is making this winter a little like an early spring.
    Redfish schools are hanging around in the backwaters, feeding and hiding from dolphins, and you can find schools that number in the hundreds of fish.

  • Fly fishing for women

    By the N.C. Wildlife
    Resources Commission

  • 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.