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Fishing

  • Fish are biting inshore, offshore

    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend. Mother Nature did her part and gave us one of the nicest weather weekends we have had all year.
    It was beautiful. Offshore fishermen were finally given a multiple-day weather window to get offshore and take advantage of the area’s great late fall fishing. The Gulf Stream yielded good catches of wahoo with mixed in Mahi-mahi and blackfin tuna. The bite was not red-hot but respectable with most catches bringing in multiple wahoo, averaging in the 40- to 50- pound class.

  • Sea mullet make another good target in November

    Thanksgiving is almost here and that means the last gasp of pier fishing and most surf fishing and the start of the real inshore cold-water season.
    Everyone knows speckled trout and red drum are the two big targets everyone turns to about this time, but there are other inshore fish worth chasing as well.

  • Team OIFC wins 2011 Southern Kingfish Association national title

    In 2009, Team OIFC (Ocean Isle Fishing Center) consisting of Brant, Barrett and Rube McMullan, won the Southern Kingfish Association’s (SKA) National Championship title.
    The victory was a record-breaking feat, as the family team weighed a monster 74.1-pound king mackerel to anchor its winning 118-pound, two-fish aggregate. The 74.1-pound weight was a Mississippi state record, an all-time SKA record and it was the largest winning aggregate in SKA history.

  • Mother Nature deals tough hand

    I am struggling here trying to keep the reports coming when at best all we can get is one day a week to head offshore. The cold fronts and low-pressure storms have been relentless. As such, the ocean has continued to be dirty and stirred up.

  • Cold-water fishing has begun in county

    Cold-water fishing has begun in Brunswick County, and that means local anglers targeting the big three low-temperature inshore fish: speckled trout, redfish and black drum. It is important to know how to catch each species and what the regulations are for keeping or releasing them.

  • NOAA public meeting on gillnets Nov. 16 in Southport

    The Office for Law Enforcement under the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA will present a public meeting to all members of the fishing community in Southport on Nov. 16 at the Southport Community Building, 201 E. Moore St.
    The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. and admission is free.
    The primary objective of this meeting is to better educate those who use gillnets in coastal waters of this state, on the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP) and the requirements therein.

  • State seeks comments on fishery issues

    The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is asking the public to submit comments on issues they would like to see addressed in an upcoming Shrimp Fishery Management Plan.
    The division is beginning a mandated five-year review of the N.C. Shrimp Fishery Management Plan that was adopted by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission in 2006.
    The agency is soliciting public comment as part of an internal process to determine what procedural method to take in reviewing the plan.

  • Gulf Stream action heats up

    While the air may be cold, the Gulf Stream fishing is red hot. Between the seemingly nonstop strong winds and rough seas, a small weather window allowed fishermen to head offshore last midweek to test what should be good Gulf Stream fishing.
    The results were positive, as boats fishing from the BlackJack to the Steeples reported multiple wahoo catches as well as blackfin tuna and a mix of Mahi-mahi and sailfish.

  • Don’t let the cold stop surf fishing

    November and December are great months to get into cold-water surf fishing for red drum in Brunswick County. We do not have the huge populations of big bull reds that the Outer Banks does during the colder months, but many redfish cruise the surf before they go inside when the water gets really cold and school up waiting for next spring.

  • November is a great month to target flounder

    November is a great month to target flounder. It is often when we see the biggest and the most flounder in Brunswick County waters. The flounder bite this year has been surprisingly strong, considering there is still concern about the stock’s status due to their amazing popularity with both recreational and commercial fishermen and all the pressure that brings. Still, the flounder season has been good and November will likely be the best month yet.