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Fishing

  • Dixie Chicken tournament raises funds for artificial reef

    Area anglers were among the winners in the 11th Annual Dixie Chicken Funament, a multiple-species fishing tournament created in memory of Jim Caudle to raise funds for his namesake Artificial Reef Foundation.

    The tourney took place Memorial Day weekend at the Harbourgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Hot weather brings change in fishing pattern

     The hot days and climbing water temperatures have caused us to move into a summertime fishing pattern a bit quicker than I expected. That means active fish in the early morning and often at night with midday usually being a period of relatively little activity. 

    Fish will also be almost totally inactive when the tide is at low or full, biting again when the water starts moving rapidly.

  • Jolly Mon King Classic this weekend

     The time is once again here to welcome the annual Jolly Mon King Classic King Mackerel tournament to the area. The Jolly Mon will be hosted this weekend, June 18-20, from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at Ocean Isle Beach. 

    As has become tradition, the Jolly Mon offers fishermen from all over the southeast an opportunity to win cash and prizes, including the first-place prize typically more than $25,000. 

  • Jolly Mon Classic this weekend

    Jack Holmes hears fishermen talking about it “every day.”

    What he is referring to is the record-setting performance by the McMullans in November 2009 at the SKA Mercury Tournament Trail’s Open Class National Championship in Biloxi, Miss.

    Holmes will have a chance to talk about it this week with Brant, Barrett and Rube McMullan during the Yellowfin/Yamaha Jolly Mon King Classic.

    Holmes will be in Ocean Isle Beach for classic, which his 20-year-old Southern Kingfish Association sanctions.

  • Ocean Isle Beach team wins fishing rodeo

     Bald Head Island’s 19th annual Fishing Rodeo, June 3-5 on Bald Head Island, attracted 21 boats and crews from across North Carolina to compete for the top prize. Competitors fished for wahoo, tuna and dolphin.

    Capt. Barrett McMullan and crew from Ocean Isle Beach, fishing aboard the OIFC, reeled in the first-place prize of $7,560. The winning team caught a combined weight of 246.50 pounds.

  • 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.