• Gulf Stream action heats up

    While the air may be cold, the Gulf Stream fishing is red hot. Between the seemingly nonstop strong winds and rough seas, a small weather window allowed fishermen to head offshore last midweek to test what should be good Gulf Stream fishing.
    The results were positive, as boats fishing from the BlackJack to the Steeples reported multiple wahoo catches as well as blackfin tuna and a mix of Mahi-mahi and sailfish.

  • Don’t let the cold stop surf fishing

    November and December are great months to get into cold-water surf fishing for red drum in Brunswick County. We do not have the huge populations of big bull reds that the Outer Banks does during the colder months, but many redfish cruise the surf before they go inside when the water gets really cold and school up waiting for next spring.

  • November is a great month to target flounder

    November is a great month to target flounder. It is often when we see the biggest and the most flounder in Brunswick County waters. The flounder bite this year has been surprisingly strong, considering there is still concern about the stock’s status due to their amazing popularity with both recreational and commercial fishermen and all the pressure that brings. Still, the flounder season has been good and November will likely be the best month yet.

  • Team Instigator wins Fall Brawl King Classic

    Scott Smith and crew of the Instigator fought through 40 miles of rough seas so they could fish a spot they hoped would be holding a big king mackerel. They battled not only Mother Nature but also other hungry predators, as the kings they hooked were continuously bitten by barracuda and shark.

  • Inshore saltwater fishing is in full swing

    Fall Carolina inshore saltwater fishing is in full swing on the Brunswick County coast, with all of its usual shifting winds, occasional rainstorms, heavy tides and hit- and-miss fishing. Fortunately, that also means a ton of moving mullet schools, shrimp and crabs in the water and a lot of nice bait and choices for anglers.

  • Charlie the Tuna won’t like ‘Surf and Saltwater Fishing,’ anglers will

    What kind of fish likes to bite bait on gold hooks?
    Is the summer or southern flounder caught most often in our inshore waters?
    Which fish’s hormones give it the color of its belly?
    The answers to these and many more questions can be found in the new book “Surf and Saltwater Fishing in the Carolinas” by Beacon fishing columnist Jeffrey Weeks.

  • Fall Brawl King Classic this weekend

    The annual Fall Brawl King Classic King Mackerel tournament will be hosted from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center this weekend. The tournament typically draws 150-250 fishing teams from throughout the Carolinas, all competing for the first-place prize of up to $20,000.

  • Winds and weather turn fishing efforts upside down

    Fishermen are notorious for excuses. I’m as guilty as the next; if it’s not one thing messing up the fishing, it’s the next. Most likely the habit started as a self-defense mechanism used to protect the fisherman’s ego while dueling with a species that has a brain the size of pea yet continuously seems to outsmart the fisherman.
    Over the years, the excuses have broadened to be so numerous and expansive that explaining your way out of a poor day of fishing is really quite a natural instinct. And thus, here is my excuse for this past week of fishing.

  • Great time to go fishing in the county

    As the water temperature has been cooling, the sounds and inlets of Brunswick County have been flooded with huge schools of mullet accompanying the fall winds in what is annually known as the mullet blow.
    Bluefish, speckled trout, redfish and flounder follow those schools closely, picking off strays and gorging themselves on tasty mullet.

  • Fishing calendar

    The North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association will be host to the second annual Oak Island Fall Classic on Oct. 8.
    The kayak fishing tournament proceeds will benefit the Oak Island Sea Turtle program. There will be five fishing divisions: king mackerel, redfish, flounder, trout and a slam division. Prizes will include a kayak for the winners in each division.
    The rules and details are at www.nckfa.com. The Adventure Kayak Company of Southport is one of the sponsors of this event.