• Mullets and yellow butterflies on the move

    “Signs, signs, everywhere signs … can’t you read the signs.” That’s a famous song about being a rebel, but I’m adopting it as the fisherman’s anthem.

  • Cool weather will bring red-hot fishing

    The expectation for this time of year is cooler temperatures and red-hot fishing action. It appears the dog days of August are lingering into September.

  • In fishing, timing is everything

    One of the most-asked questions that I get is, “When is the best time to go fishing?” A quick answer to that would be anytime you can get on the water.
    Many times we get caught up in looking at the conditions and trying to predict the unpredictable. There is no doubt certain times of year, conditions and tides can create a much stronger bite at times. Many of you do not have the same luxury as a fishing guide and a busy work schedule keeps you off the water.

  • 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.