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Fishing

  • In the cold, redfish can be caught in creeks

    The weather hasn’t been the best for fishing thus far in 2011, though local waters have not stopped producing nice redfish in the back creeks. When the weather allows it, this action is available for those hardy enough to seek it.

  • Speckled trout fishing on hold

    For the first time in state history, speckled trout fishing is temporarily closed down. N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation last week closing all waters to commercial and recreational harvest of the important species for an indefinite period.

  • Stock up on inshore fishing gear now and be ready for spring fishing

    Winter is a great time to stock up on some of the essential inshore saltwater fishing gear you will need once the weather warms. One of the hardest markets for anglers to keep up in is the ever-changing world of fishing lures. It seems you can’t walk into Walmart or Bass Pro Shop today without being bewildered by the number and choices available to you.

    Fortunately, you have me to shift through the endless streams of sizes, scents and colors marketed to fishermen and give you advice on some lures that are as good at catching fish as catching your eye. 

  • Patience is key to catching redfish in winter

    Cold weather dominates the fishing report but it doesn’t stop the catches.

    Anglers are still taking redfish in the backwater shallow creeks and that action has not slowed down. I have heard just a few reports of scattered trout running the tides near the bridges (and those were undersized), so I can’t say the trout bite is on…but the redfish are really making up for it.

  • Try for big redfish during winter

    Inshore fishermen had to make the transition to bitter cold weather quickly this year, and the only fish that really responded well were the redfish. Despite the way winter roared in, the backwater redfish bite never slowed and continues to flourish.

  • 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.