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Fishing

  • Chopper bluefish now out there to be caught

     Big chopper bluefish continue to be a big story, as many of these feisty, fierce gamefish up to 10 pounds are being landed on Brunswick County piers or from the surf of our barrier islands. Some are caught by king mackerel fishermen using live bait and others are falling to cut bait or pluggers using Gotcha-style plugs. Anything alive or shiny in the water will get the attention of bluefish now.

  • 27th annual Flounder Tournament on Friday and Saturday

    The 27th annual Flounder Tournament is June 11-12. Tournament proceeds are for the benefit of the Sudan Daredevils of the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club. 

    Once again, the tournament is based at the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Dept. The entry fee is $75 per boat and the deadline to enter is 10 a.m. June 11. For an additional $25, anglers can compete to catch two tagged flounder, with each catch worth $5,000.

    The captains’ meeting will be 6-10 pm. June 10 at the Shallotte Point VFD. Ninety-four boats fished in the tourney last year.

  • Nearshore fishing coming to life

  • Be safe while boating; Follow these tips

    Boating season is upon us now, and as a local on water assistance provider for the entire Brunswick County coastline, here are safety tips for boaters. 

    •Wear a life jacket. In 2008, the most recent year for which U.S. Coast Guard statistics are available, more than two-thirds of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, 90 percent were not wearing a life jacket.

  • Baitfish should keep fishing active through June

     Fishing is heating up right now and should be strong throughout June until we hit the usual summertime doldrums, when the water temperature rises off the charts. 

    Currently, however, there is good fishing to be had on the piers and inshore as baitfish and shrimp fill the local waters and most fish species are active and aggressive.

  • Mahi, kings, cobia providing offshore action

     Last week’s offshore low pressure storm did not offer much opportunity for fishermen to get offshore, but by the weekend, the winds had subsided and the fish and fishermen were ready. 

    Nearshore, Yaupon Reef off of Yaupon Beach was a hot spot for king mackerel fishing action. The area typically seas good action from kings in the early summer, and the abundance of baitfish in the area has helped to make this year no exception. 

  • Inshore fishing remains strong; redfish, flounder biting

     Inshore fishing has remained strong, although the fish are moving around a lot now with the water temperatures rising toward summer, so some spots will be vacant on one tide and provide good fishing on the next. 

    The biggest news is strong inshore redfish and flounder fishing along with good catches of Spanish mackerel and occasional king mackerel for folks plugging the piers.

  • Recreational fisheries wary of potential problems

    It takes a certain combination of flair and flamboyance to bill yourself as Captain Smiley, but fishing guide Patrick Kelly wears the label with a buoyancy that seems perfectly suited to the name. 

    Captain Smiley Fishing Charters runs recreational fishing trips out of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and up into Brunswick County waters. Kelly does his best to give his customers the happy times the handle promises.

  • Shallotte Inlet open for business

  • Catching Spanish mackerel the highlight of the week

    I had a great time last week just slaying the Spanish mackerel from the planks of the Ocean Isle Beach Pier. I also caught many whiting (sea mullet) and had some good flounder fishing with a friend inshore at the Sunset Beach Bridge.