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Fishing

  • 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.

  • Big changes in the weather, but at a price

    Well, we got our wish. The weather did change, but not so gracefully. 

    You may remember my pendulum theory regarding the weather; weather swings like a pendulum: if it goes too far one way, it will swing back too far the other in order to equalize. I know it’s been hot the past several weeks, but if you think back, other than the heat, it has been very good weather. Little to no rain and light winds have been the rule a big part of the summer. 

  • 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.