• Fishing has been solid inshore

    Inshore fishing often turns on the weather and that has certainly been the case for the month of August. Hot days and afternoon thunderstorms have been the rule, and though the temperatures will ease off a bit as we enter September, the familiar forecast calling for storms and rain will continue.
    The effect of almost daily afternoon and evening storms has been felt for anglers: good morning fishing, cloudy and stained water after the thunder boomers and fish more likely to be caught on bait than lures.

  • Overall, the August fishing is great

    By Capt. Barrett McMullan
    They say patience is a virtue of most good fishermen. Capt. Brant McMullan is without question a great fisherman and his patience is being put to the test like never before. Each day passes with a new accomplishment for Capt. Brant as he faces the most challenging battle of his life recovering from his recent injuries.
    One motivational factor that is a driving force for him is his unrelenting desire to return to his home plowing the offshore waters patiently waiting for that next big bite.

  • Flounder tournament benefits paralyzed fisherman

    By Capt. Doug Cutting
    Bay Creek Classic
    Tournament co-founder
    We started the Bay Creek Classic flounder tournament in 2008 on an inspired whim: pooling a good group of local fishermen to help a good buddy in a moment of need.

  • U.S. Open King Mackerel Tourney set for Oct. 5-6 in Southport

    The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is Oct. 5-6 at Southport Marina. Registration is from 10 a.m.-midnight Oct. 4. Tournament details are available at www.usopenkmt.com. For a brochure, contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, 28461. For more details, call (910) 457-5787 or (800) 457-6964 or email events@southport-oakisland.com.
    Oct. 4: Registration, 10 a.m.-midnight. Entertainment: 4-8 p.m. Captain’s meeting: 7 p.m.
    Oct. 4-5: 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
    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.