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Fishing

  • Colder weather: Time to lure speckled trout

    Fall fishing is still running a bit behind schedule, as water temperatures remain higher than normal inshore and on the beach. There have been plenty of redfish around and sporadic runs of spot on the piers, but the speckled trout are just starting to show up. Hopefully, the speck bite will take off as the temperatures fall in November.

  • Hoping for a big finish to the fall fishing season

    It’s been a strange fall fishing season in Brunswick County so far. A lot of anglers have had success catching big redfish, and pier fishermen have been decking terrific numbers of king mackerel, but overall fishing has been up and down. We got a late start with the long, hot summer and were thrown a curveball with the floods, and now we are hoping for a big finish to the fall season.

  • Cape Contender weighs record 56.80-pound king mackerel

    This past weekend’s Fall Brawl King Classic, hosted from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, was the culmination of a season’s worth of pent up fishing frustration. This has not been a great year for fishing from Brunswick County, particularly for the area’s most popular game fish, the king mackerel. 

    However, this weekend the stars aligned and the kings finally did what they are supposed to do, and Mother Nature threw in her bit of kindness to make for a weekend of great fishing and great weather.

  • Fall Brawl top catch is record-setting 56.80 pounds

     Jay Bucklen’s Cape Contender finished first with a record-setting 56.80-pound king mackerel in the Yellowfin/Yamaha Fall Brawl King Classic, based at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center.

    Bucklen, of Wake Forest, and his crew won $15,053. It also finished first in the 23-foot-and-smaller boat category.

  • Kings and wahoo head up fall offshore action

    There is no question now that fall is here. Blue jeans and sweatshirts are the norm, and I for one wish it would stay this way year round. Some have accused me of thinking like a fish, and this may be further evidence as apparently the fish prefer this weather as well.

  • Brunswick’s inshore fishing landing kings, drum

    Thus far the story of fall inshore fishing in Brunswick County has been one of big fish. While tainted waters from the flooding have made catching smaller fare a little more difficult than usual at times, live bait fishing for king mackerel and big red drum has been wildly successful. It’s great news for those who are after big game but less good for those of us seeking smaller redfish, trout and flounder.

  • U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament this weekend

    The last day to register for the 2010  U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is 10 a.m.-midnight Oct. 14 at the Southport Marina. The tournament had been scheduled for the first weekend  in October but was postponed because of the weather. Tournament fishing days are Oct. 15-16. This is a captain’s choice tournament, which means participants can fish both days. 

  • 34.77-pound mackerel is winning catch in Rumble in the Jungle

    The eight annual Rumble in The Jungle King Mackerel Fishing Tournament, presented by the Little River Inlet Saltwater Fishing Club, took place Saturday at Harborgate Marina. A total of 102 boats entered the one-day competition, and 61 of those entries weighed in a fish.

  • Redfish, flounder best bets for anglers now

    Fall fishing has finally arrived in Brunswick County, and the lower water temperatures have fish in a feeding frenzy. The best bets so far have been on redfish and flounder, while king and Spanish mackerel and bluefish are roaming with increasing frequency.  spot and still waiting on the big runs.

  • U.S. Open King Mackerel tourney postponed to Oct. 15-16

    After weighing the forecasted tracks of Tropical Depression 16, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament board of directors has determined the safest course of action was  to postpone the 2010 tournament. The 2010 U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament dates have been changed to Oct. 15-16 with registration from 10 a.m.-midnight Oct. 14 at Southport Marina. For more information, visit www.usopenkmt.com or call (910) 457-5787.