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Fishing

  • King mackerel, pompano, sea mullet being caught off Brunswick County piers

    King mackerel, pompano and sea mullet are being caught on Brunswick County’s ocean piers, adding to the already sizzling action on Spanish mackerel and bluefish.
    The eighth annual Rebel King Mackerel Tournament took place last weekend at the Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, and plenty of qualifying kings were landed from the pier during the weekend.

  • Far Out Shoot Out this weekend; anglers get ready to fish for tuna, dolphin and wahoo

    Before I get into fishing reports and tales from near and far, let me remind you that the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out—Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo Rodeo Tournament starts this weekend.  
    The captains’ meeting and dinner is Friday at Ocean Isle Fishing Center, and the eligible fishing days are this Saturday through the following Saturday, May 1. Choose one out of those eligible eight days to compete. The Far Out Shoot Out has been held annually for more than 15 years, and as in years past, great catches of tuna, dolphin and wahoo are expected.

  • Now is time for anglers to target ‘keeper’ flounder

    The first keeper flounder of the season have shown up in our Brunswick County waters, and that means it is time to target the tasty flatfish for some fun action and fantastic meals. Flounder are a beloved food fish around here, and flounder fishing is an art unto itself.

  • Inshore fishing has come alive

    Spring fishing has been on fire in Brunswick County, as redfish, speckled trout and flounder catches have all been solid. After a slow start to the spring area, inshore fishing has really come alive.
    “We fished every day last week, sometimes in the rain and wind and sometimes in almost perfect conditions,” Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters said. “The redfish bite in the Intracoastal Waterway has been red-hot.”
    Dickson and other local anglers are finding redfish around the marsh grass and the docks along the estuary.

  • Breakout week for offshore fishing

    When I left you last week, I was planning on fishing Tuesday in the Martini’s Hook A ’Hoo Wahoo Rodeo out of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The tournament, which benefits the area Shriners, had 51 boats to register, very respectable in the world of offshore tournament fishing.
    Among the entries was the Ocean Isle Fishing Center team, consisting of my wife Amy; cousin Brian Aycock; his 11-year-old son, Austin; and myself.

  • Brunswick County fishermen are sitting on go, waiting for summer to arrive

    You ever get the feeling summer is never going to get here? The past couple of weeks have been very nice, but it’s been just cool enough to keep water temperatures stable instead of rising. And that’s what we need right now, warmer water temperatures. However, just as soon as I complain about the cool, I’ll soon be complaining about the heat, so I guess patience is required.

  • Sea mullet are a feisty panfish; look for them at night or early morning

    The weather continues to warm, but spring inshore fishing has suddenly cooled. After a strong preseason redfish bite, the local angling has hit a surprising lull, possibly the result of some combinations of wind and tide and possibly just because it’s going to be a slow-starting fishing season.

  • Windy conditions affecting fishing for redfish

    Local fishermen have struggled through windy conditions for the last week, but the weather is supposed to change right on time for the hot redfish bite to resume this weekend. Anglers were in the midst of some strong red drum action in shallow water, but windy conditions have made it hard on them lately.

  • This season, catching redfish 'is a blast'

    The spring redfish bite in Brunswick County and the Little River, S.C., area has been the best in many years. The inshore redfish have hit consistently in the shallow water, and these have been very nice-sized fish.

    Capt. Patrick Kelly, who goes by the handle Capt. Smiley and runs Captain Smiley Fishing Charters (http://www.captainsmileyfishingcharters.com) out of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., said he is amazed at how strong the redfish bite has been lately.

  • Get ready to catch speckled trout

    As spring arrives, Brunswick County anglers will begin their annual pursuit of the beautiful and elusive speckled trout. Right now most folks on the water are chasing redfish in the shallows, as redfish have been the most consistent bite during this unusually harsh winter. That will change soon, however, as trout anglers begin to look for specks to help them shake off the winter doldrums.