• Offshore charter gets first king mackerel of year

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

    Fishermen often tell stories about events or weather patterns they have experienced. Typically, the story will start with “it was so rough” and end with “it was this close but got away” to amplify the intensity of the story.

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  • Rough conditions lead fishermen inshore

    As we enter the second week of April, it seems as if weather patterns have yet to decide to be late winter or spring. One week we’ll experience rain with mild temperatures, then the following week we set a record-low temperature. For some, these fluctuations in weather result in fewer days to wear shorts and T-shirts. However, fishermen of Brunswick County receive an impact that is far worse than a change in wardrobe.

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  • Fishy disappearance needs an explanation

    The weather could not have been any more perfect than the final days of last week. The winds were light in the morning with the no-see-ums chewing the flesh off my bones. By midmorning a warm breeze kept the no-see-ums at bay and allowed me to come out of my hoodie. It looks as if our last cool blast will have passed us by the time you read this column and we will be in a true springtime pattern. It is looking like a typical spring break for our students with warm weather and a slight chance of showers each day. It is definitely time to get after the fish.

  • Ocean Isle Beach woman safely located

    A woman reported missing from Ocean Isle Beach on Tuesday, Nov. 15,  has been safely located, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said on Thursday, Nov. 17. 

    Bernice Huntley Logan, 82, of 1826 Waterwing Drive, had last spoken to her family Monday, Nov. 14, and was reported missing the following day. The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert on Wednesday, Nov. 16, that has now been cancelled.

  • Rescheduled Fall Brawl this weekend

    October is a month any fisherman enjoys. Temperatures cool, baitfish begin their annual migrations and it seems as if from the beach to the Gulf Stream fish are willing to bite. For some, October, is all about pumpkin picking and Friday night football games, yet to any angler along North Carolina’s coast, it means it’s time to go fishing.

  • Detectives search for missing local man

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing local man. 

    Andy James Anderson, 34, was last seen in Bolivia on Wednesday, Oct. 5, BCSO spokeswoman Emily Flax said. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, blue shorts and white tennis shoes. 

    Anderson has family in Conway, S.C., and may be visiting homeless shelters, Flax said. 

    Anyone with information about Anderson's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Det. Kip Hester at 253-2777. 

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    Have you seen the weather forecast? 75 degrees?

    I had to double take while watching the news recently because this week Brunswick County is forecast to have daily high temperatures in the high 70s. Because of all this warm, calm weather, many of my fishing friends and other local anglers have contacted me to tell me they plan to fish in the Gulf Stream this week. Every conversation consists of, “You going this week?” or, “Where’s the water at?”

  • Forecast indicates it’s time to go fishing

    The forecast hasn’t looked this pretty in a while. Temperatures are on the steady rise, nearly topping 70 degrees this week. Sure, a few cloudy, cool days are in the mix with a slight chance of rain. The rain chance is supposed to be significantly less than our last several events. This whole winter it seemed as if the rain would never stop falling. I am ready for some springlike weather and it looks as if we are going to get a few shots. I just hope it stays this way and this is not just a tease.