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Fishing

  • Trout and redfish are active again

    After a bit of a lull, speckled trout and redfish seem to be hitting again along the Brunswick County coast and in upper South Carolina. The speckled trout and redfish bite is still inshore, along the marsh flats and waterway holes on the low tides and warmer days.
    “Trout are still hanging around,” said Capt. Jacob Frick of J & J Charters, Ocean Isle Beach. “Redfish need to be targeted around the lower tides. Water temperature is near 60 degrees and a few flounder should start to wake up.”

  • Latest regulation upsets fishermen

    I want to get into some great new fishing lures just released into the market, but first I have to put a word in for our local commercial and charter fleets and what is going on to them in these hard economic times.
    Fishing has been an industry hit hardest by the economy as it comes at the same time that the current federal administration is supporting new environmental and resource limits that are a harsh blow to Brunswick County offshore boats and our neighbors to the south in the Little River, S.C., fleet.

  • Fishing finally slows—but not for long

    This has been such an unusually mild winter that right now, when I am usually writing a column telling you not to despair because spring will soon be here, I am instead writing to inform you that winter seems to finally have slowed down the inshore bite.
    I guess I can do both, since the water is now cold enough that the fishing has indeed slowed, but it isn’t that long a wait until spring. Strange but true.

  • 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.