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Fishing

  • Fall fishing has finally arrived

    After the weather has finally given us a break, fall fishing has arrived on the Brunswick County coast. After a long, hot summer and then a burst of heavy rain and flooding conditions, the fish are running a little bit behind this year. But water temperatures are falling and anglers are waiting for the true fall fishing to turn on any day.

    Reports from up the coast to the north show some Carolina piers in the Wilmington region have already had some early spot runs. That is being closely watched by Brunswick pier anglers, as any day now the spot could come in bunches.

  • Warm water slows fishing progress

    Beach water temperatures are still higher than 80 degrees and that is not a sign of fall fishing. Although the air temperatures at night have been falling into the 60s, the days are still warm and the water temperatures are staying the same. Typically this time of year, we have seen a few more cold fronts and some cooler nights that drop water temperatures into the 70s. Until that time, fishing will continue on its late summer pattern, which hasn’t been too impressive.

  • Fishing season can turn from good to great

    Anglers are awaiting the arrival of true fall fishing, but in the meantime the action has been pretty solid. Already a lot of bait is in the water and the gamefish are on the move. The fishing season could turn from good to great any day now.

    The big inshore fishing action right now is on the redfish, which are making a showing in different sizes just about everywhere. There are big red drum out at the jetties, slot-size and bigger redfish in the surf off the piers, and puppy drum and rat reds running the tide inshore.

  • Red drum responding to any live bait

    As fall creeps ever closer, anglers are enjoying some good fishing that is bound to burst out into great fishing soon. The biggest bite right now is on redfish. Some nice redfish have been landed recently as the big red drum have made their annual pre-fall season showing.

  • Fall is close, but not quite

    You can’t deny the feeling of fall in the air. You likely know fall offers some of the best fishing the area sees, and as far as I’m concerned, it can’t come soon enough. However, it will still be another couple of weeks before the fall fishing really kicks into high gear.

  • Spend a lazy day drifting for some flounder

    Temperatures are beginning to edge off ever so slightly, and with the annual appearance of the yellow butterflies, anglers know that fall isn’t far away. Fish are already active so, hopefully, when the first winds of fall hit, we’ll see a feeding frenzy from them.

    One fish anglers target heavily during this transitional time is flounder. That’s because they are active during the day and can be caught in a variety of places a number of different ways.

  • Fins and Skins tournament has big turnout on Aug. 28

    The third annual Fins and Skins tournament took place Aug. 28 at Woodland Valley Country Club. A record number 42 participants competed in the tourney. The weight of each entrant’s fish determined his handicap for the skins game. 

    In the fishing portion, participants caught 42 fish. Robert Fairweather caught the largest, which weighed 5-plus pounds.

    One pound: Randy Carpenter, Hector Contreras, Eric Hines and John Sandman.

  • Close can be good, too close is bad when it comes to fishing

    Did you see all the yellow butterflies out this weekend? This is the first sign fall is coming. And although the daytime temperatures didn’t feel completely fall, the morning air and sky did remind me of great days ahead. 

    However, the water temperatures are still hot, and it will take quite a few cold fronts to get the water back into the 70s, which in turn will spark all the fisheries to become much more active. 

  • Bay Creek Classic fishing tourney Sept. 11

    If you are looking for a tournament to fish and a great cause to back, look no further than the Sept. 11 Bay Creek Classic flounder tourney, a one-day event that benefits an amazing local resident and fisherman with an incredible story.

    Brandon Matthews is a Southport sportsman who was working on his deer stand in 2006 and fell 30 feet from a magnolia tree, an accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Brandon faced a tremendous and painful ordeal rehabbing at the hospital, and over time he regained the movement in his arms but no use of his hands or legs.

  • Inshore fishing can be up and down in this hot weather

     Though temperatures have remained in the high 80s and low 90s, signs are clear fall fishing is not far away. Inshore fishing can be up and down right now with some good days and some slow ones, but more and bigger fish are being caught, and speckled trout, redfish, and flounder are all chasing bait inside.

    The trout and the red drum are running the tides inshore around the creeks, along the marsh grass points and around the bridges. The trout bite is, as usual, much better in the morning, but redfish are being caught during the day in many places.