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Fishing

  • 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.

  • South Brunswick King Classic set for this weekend

     This weekend the annual South Brunswick King Mackerel tournament will take place at South Harbour Marina in Southport. The tournament’s registration will continue until 7 p.m. Aug. 27 with fishing on Aug. 28. The tournament’s top prize is awarded for the largest king mackerel caught and weighed Saturday, and the winner typically takes home more than $10,000. For additional information, visit www.bluewaterpromo.com or call event director Terry Adkins at (800) 546-4622.

  • Redfish action is the best thing going inshore

    Local inshore fishing remains locked into our long summertime pattern, as the hot weather continues to make early morning and night fishing more productive than anything else. Redfish action is the best thing going inshore, while black drum are there to be caught after dark.

    The redfish are still schooling inside and can be taken around the creeks as well as along the bridges, docks and points inshore. Redfish are moving and feeding only when the tide is really flowing, so the action is best on strong currents, when the water really kicks up a fuss.

  • 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.