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Fishing

  • 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.

  • 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.