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Fishing

  • 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.

  • The future of fishing

    Dave Cooper stands with his hands on the wooden planks of the Ocean Crest Pier and looks out over the sea, and then out at the anglers casting their lines from his little fishing paradise on Oak Island. As the owner and operator of the pier Cooper loves to see folks young and old enjoying the beach and catching fish.

  • Are we talking about one big fish story or is it a lie? There is a difference

    My dad is one of the best I know at telling a fish story. It’s the fine art of molding the truth into a story completely based on actual events, but certain details may be left out or added that allow for the truth to take a form that best exemplifies how the mind wants to remember it.
    A fish story is innocent in nature and will never harm any unsuspecting listener. Growing up, I was raised on fishing stories, but a clear line was drawn between a fish story and a lie, a line I was taught never to cross and have lived by for the 30-something years of my life.

  • 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.