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Fishing

  • 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. 

  • 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.