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Fishing

  • Dog days of summer march on

    As I boarded my boat and headed out for another day of fishing, I glanced down at my water temperature gauge. It read 89 degrees; is that possible? I dipped my hand into the bait well and the water was hot. I thought to myself, “If I were a fish, would I want to live here?” And thus it’s not hard to find reason for the slow fishing our area is experiencing.

  • Kids’ fishing tournament Aug. 21

    The South Harbour Village Kids’ Fishing Tournament, for those ages 12 and younger, will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 21 at South Harbour Village Marina, 4909 Fish Factory Road, Southport. All fishing will be done from the South Harbour Village Marina docks. South Harbour Village will provide the bait but participants must bring fishing poles. To register, call (910) 454-7486. There is no entry fee. Awards will be given.

  • Summer heat makes fishing difficult for anglers

    Local fishing continues to be affected by the summer heat, as well as a pattern of good days and bad days, which seems a bit unpredictable. Most anglers finding luck are having it in the early morning, or by battling with persistence through the heat in spots around structure and when the tide is moving fast.

  • Dog days and east wind don’t mix

    There’s just no way to paint this picture and make it look too bright; fishing has been tough. 

  • Zack Byrd: Young phenom on the verge of success

    I first met Zack Byrd in 2003 when he won the Carolinas Junior Championship. I sat in his home in Calabash and chatted with the young phenom, and his parents, Cindy and Steve. He was being home-schooled at the time because his junior golf schedule was so rigorous it would not allow him to attend a regular high school with any consistency. Each week, his dad or mom drove him to junior events all over the country. 

  • How’s the fishing? Something’s always biting

    Having been a professional fisherman for nearly 20 years, there is simply no replacement for experience in learning and understanding an area’s fishery. And to this day, I am still humbled at how foolish the fish can make me feel. However, I do feel as if time has afforded me the opportunity to experience year after year seasonal fish behavior and, as such, sort of get an idea about what the fish are doing. 

  • Night fishing is the way to beat the heat

     Brunswick County fishing has picked up a bit from the summer doldrums we have been in. Oppressive heat continues to make fishing best early in the morning or after sunset, but at least anglers have been catching some fish as they begin to turn their eyes toward fall.

    The piers have seen scattered catches of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum and flounder with speckled trout showing up for some morning runs. There are some pompano in the surf along with the snapper blues and a few puppy red drum.

  • Flounder tourney set for July 31

     Members of the Cape Fear Flounder Tournament Committee have organized the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s first flounder tournament, which will be July 31 at Southport Marina. 

    Don Hughes is the chairman of the tourney, which has an all-cash guarantee of prizes. This is a boat-only tournament. All fish must be taken on a rod and reel. Entry fee is $100 per boat, with optional $50 tournament within a tournament fee.

  • Pompano provide great day fishing, terrific evening meals

     Local anglers are in the middle of a hot summer, and fishing is best in the early mornings or around sunset. 

    One species that can be caught during the day, however, are pompano. This year the pompano were late showing up in our waters but they are present now and will get more numerous as we pass August and go toward the fall.

  • Offshore fishing gets back to normal

     “Normal” is a loose word in reference to fishing. I’ve been fishing for many years, and I still struggle when someone asks me what he can expect to catch on any given day. 

    The problem is fish have minds of their own and tails that can lead them most anywhere. I’ve read science that says fish have a brain the size of a pea. I’ve been out there hunting fish on many days when I felt as if I had the brain the size of pea and they were nothing short of genius.