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Fishing

  • November is time to fish for fickle,opportunistic feeders--the speckled trout

    With November about to arrive, the thoughts of saltwater anglers turn to speckled trout. Although trout are present in our waters throughout the year, they are the No. 1 inshore target during cold weather because they roam around in large schools and can be caught on all but the coldest days. Late fall and winter trout fishing is an old Southern art form.

  • Moon Doggie wins Fall Brawl King Classic; local team earns second place

    Wilmington based brothers, Mark and Billy Emmart fished aboard their boat, Moon Doggie, in the annual Fall Brawl King Classic, hosted this weekend out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. One hundred seventy fishing teams from across the Southeast entered the event and aspired to win the top prize of over $15,000, but this year the Emmarts punched their ticket and walked away with the big money.

  • Fall Brawl King Classic set for this weekend

    The Yellowfin/OIFC.com Fall Brawl King Classic, based at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, is this weekend.

    Competitors fish either Saturday or Sunday. Competitors declare their intended fish day on their registration form or have until 7 a.m. Saturday to call (910) 253-3474 and leave a message declaring the fish day. If a fish day is not declared, Saturday automatically will be counted as the fish day.

  • Recent cold temperatures are good for fishing

    The cold may not be at the top of your “favorite things” list, but as far as stimulating fall fishing, this is the exact weather we need to get the final push of fish that our area is due.

    The spots certainly will be running in full force by the weekend, as beach water temperatures cool to near 70 degrees. This also means the beach king mackerel fishing should be excellent. Typically just before the water reaches the 60s, the kings will bite good at Shallotte Inlet, so I’m looking for that to take place any day.

  • Many species of fish moving through local waters

    Cooler weather has pushed fall fishing along quickly. Variable winds and weather conditions mean fishing luck changes daily, but it also means a lot of species are moving through our local waters.

    Speckled trout are active inside. Trout hit throughout the year, but middle to late fall is probably being the best time to fish for them. During autumn, specks can be targeted in a variety of ways. They like a moving bait and are schooled up very tightly.

  • Roberts wins $10,000 in Rumble in the Jungle

    The seventh annual Rumble In the Jungle king mackerel fishing tournament took place Saturday at the Harborgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The tournament is put on by the Little River Inlet Saltwater Fishing Club and attracted 151 boats this year.

    The winner, taking the $10,000 first prize, was James H. Roberts II, of Shallotte. He caught a 35.60-pound king mackerel taken from the rough and choppy waters that plagued the fishermen all day.

  • Tips on catching pompano and speckled trout

    Off-and-on spot fishing has been a staple of the last few weeks, and local area piers have had some good spot runs. It’s mainly been a matter of being at the exact right place and the exact right time. Meanwhile, two other fish are taking up some of the slack when the spot aren’t cooperating. They are pompano on the ocean side and speckled trout inshore.

  • Fall kingfish continue biting at the coast

    Fall arrived in September like a lion, but since that time, it has stumbled along like a drunken sailor.

    For the most part, it’s been unseasonably warm over the past few weeks and the result has been that water temperatures have continued in the mid-70s, which is not a bad thing at all as king and Spanish mackerel prefer this range. The result has been continuing action within sight of land for both kings and Spanish, along with bountiful supplies of baitfish running the surf.

  • Oak Island crew wins $25,000 in mackerel tournament

    Four county competitors landed the four heaviest fish in the 31st annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament over the weekend in Southport.

    Larry L. Deal of Oak Island and the Mako Warrior crew won $25,000 by landing a 40.30-pound king mackerel.

    John N. Brown of Bolivia and the M&M crew won $10,000 by landing a 38-pound king mackerel.

    Mike L. Wright of Southport and the Spread M. Wide crew won $5,000 by landing a 36.05-pound king mackerel.

    Derek Savage of Holden Beach and the Twister crew won $2,500 by landing a 35.80-pound king mackerel.

  • Area fishermen are on the spot watch

    Local anglers continue on the spot watch, as catches of the popular panfish to the north have been excellent and Brunswick County has seen its share of on and off again spot runs. The spot and a long-expected speckled trout size limit change are the biggest inshore fishing news this week.