• Taking the kids fishing

    The sky was littered with large cotton balls and the air was thick enough to cut with a knife. The forecast was calling for a 50 percent chance of rain all day. I had checked the radar and could clearly see most of the action was happening around the Interstate 95 corridor well inland from us. The rain showers were moving in a more northerly direction and I expected we would have no issue for a few hours.

  • Who needs a calendar?

    I open this week’s report with a reminder to watch “No Limits Fishing,” co-hosted by Capt. Brant McMullan and me, on ATMC-TV. The show is broadcast 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It is viewable anytime at On Demand.

  • Unexpected catch makes fishing trip memorable

    Editor’s note: Fourteen-year-old Austin Aycock is serving as guest columnist this week in place of captains Brant and Barrett McMullan. Aycock works as a first mate aboard the Ocean Isle Fishing Center charter boats during the summer and is broadening his angling skill to include writing.  
    By Austin Aycock
    Special to The Beacon

  • Bull redfish are running the border

    It is time for our kids to wind down from summer vacation and prepare their minds for a new school year. I am saddened a little that vacation season is over. Our foot traffic will decrease significantly and many local shops will have to tighten down on their business hours. On the other hand, this time of year really gets me excited. Cool crisp days on a nearly deserted waterway free of noisy Jet Skis and casual boat riders will give way to a fisherman’s paradise.

  • Hot weather slows fishermen, not fish

    I think it is safe to say we are officially in the dog days of summer. August is typically a month not suited for outdoor work, but so long as there are hungry fish and willing fishermen, the show must go on.

  • 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.