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Fishing

  • Red drum active in winter weather

    The cold weather has slammed into North Carolina’s inshore fishing but there are still drum to be found in the backwaters. Wintry winds and frigid temperatures have kept many anglers away from the water, although redfish are still out there for the taking.

    Capt. Mark Dickson, of Shallow Minded Inshore Charters, poles the inshore waters looking for red rum this time of the year and he says they are schooled up nicely and prowling shallow water.

  • Get ready for winter fishing season

    Though the weather has stayed relatively warm for us, the wintertime fishing season is almost here. The transition to cold weather species has already begun in the water as redfish and speckled trout become the predominate species sought after by anglers with the sea mullet making a nice showing before they disappear.

    One important note before I get to the fishing report: new speckled trout size and creel limits are now in effect for all North Carolina anglers. Commercial fishermen are now prohibited from possession or sale of speckled trout on the weekend.

  • Sauls Bonecrusher dominates weekend’s trout tournament

    This past weekend the Ocean Isle Fishing hosted Capt. Kyle’s Thanksgiving Trout Classic. The speckled trout tournament is an annual event that typically draws 20 or so boats to compete for the tournament’s cash payout but most importantly the opportunity to carry bragging rights through the end of the year. 

  • Little River Jetties productive area to fish

    When it comes to catching speckled trout and redfish in colder water, many Brunswick County anglers choose to head just south of the border and boat down to the Little River Jetties. It’s a great place to fish and one of the area’s most productive areas.

  • Tulsey sets record in Maritime Classic

    The 26th Annual Maritime Classic Road Race took place Nov. 6 on Bald Head Island. One hundred and seventy runners competed in various age categories for a 5K run and a certified Field and Track 10K run. A 1-mile fun run was also included. 

    In the 10K male category, Gregory Karukas of Hyannis, Mass., won the overall competition in 34 minutes, 52 seconds. The course record set in 2009 by Devin Swann is 31:47. The overall female winner in the 10K event was Rachel Frey in 46:16. Beth Green set the course record of 37:27 in 2006.

  • Most dependable action comes from redfish

    The fishing season is running late this year. We are seeing continued catches of sea mullet, pompano and flounder in the surf. Redfish make up the bulk of the inshore action and speckled trout are just starting up.

    The piers have had a disappointing spot season but continue to see flounder in the shallows and black drum are active around structures at the bridges and docks in the dark.

  • Redfish, trout now becoming more active

    The weather is just now beginning to feel like fall as the late inshore season progresses. Redfish and speckled trout will become the most active fish as the temperature falls, even as they become less widely disbursed. Anglers have to begin to narrow their target areas in hopes of finding trout and drum sitting on places where food can still be found.

  • Colder weather: Time to lure speckled trout

    Fall fishing is still running a bit behind schedule, as water temperatures remain higher than normal inshore and on the beach. There have been plenty of redfish around and sporadic runs of spot on the piers, but the speckled trout are just starting to show up. Hopefully, the speck bite will take off as the temperatures fall in November.

  • Hoping for a big finish to the fall fishing season

    It’s been a strange fall fishing season in Brunswick County so far. A lot of anglers have had success catching big redfish, and pier fishermen have been decking terrific numbers of king mackerel, but overall fishing has been up and down. We got a late start with the long, hot summer and were thrown a curveball with the floods, and now we are hoping for a big finish to the fall season.

  • Cape Contender weighs record 56.80-pound king mackerel

    This past weekend’s Fall Brawl King Classic, hosted from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, was the culmination of a season’s worth of pent up fishing frustration. This has not been a great year for fishing from Brunswick County, particularly for the area’s most popular game fish, the king mackerel. 

    However, this weekend the stars aligned and the kings finally did what they are supposed to do, and Mother Nature threw in her bit of kindness to make for a weekend of great fishing and great weather.