The first day of fall has officially passed, but you don’t need a calendar to tell that. As far as I’m concerned, it has been a great start to the season as cool fronts have freshened the air and put the fish into motion. The fishing action along the Brunswick County coast has been good for a variety of species, including offshore fishing for wahoo and blackfin tuna and inshore fishing for red drum and flounder.
The weather has been gorgeous with cold fronts passing our area giving way to light northerly winds and cooler temperatures. We suffered just a slight setback this past Sunday with strong winds and more rain. I don’t expect that will change much on the fishing scene. Last week the action was steady from the redfish with a few big ones caught at the Little River, S.C., jetties and the creeks firing off with reds ranging from 12 to 30 inches. There is nothing more thrilling than finding a school of redfish aggressively feeding in shallow water.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.