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Fishing

  • King mackerel bite comes alive in Brunswick

    After weeks of talking, it finally happened. The annual Cape Fear ship channel king mackerel bite occurred over the weekend, colliding with the more than 450 participants in the U.S Open King Mackerel tournament. Every year, it’s like flipping a light switch as the kings suddenly show up as if out of nowhere.

  • Carolinas is the place to be for good fishing in October

    We’ve been toying around with feelings of fall for about a month now, but as of today, there is no doubt fall is here.

    You’ve heard me say it many times, but there is no place like the Carolinas in October. And besides the light north winds, comfortable temperatures and low humidity, fishing is about to be incredible.

  • October good time for spot fishing, frying

    October has arrived and the spot have made their appearance on local fishing piers. There have been decent runs of the tasty panfish for the last week, and though size and duration vary, if you’re lucky or persistent, you could catch a cooler full of spot just right for the frying pan.

  • Fishing is 'just plain cruel'

    Before all you PETA fans get too excited about the title of this report, you may want to read further. After more than 15 years of fishing for a living, this past Sunday it finally hit me: Fishing is just plain cruel. Let me give you an example.

    I was guiding a nice group of guys from the Charlotte area for a day of fishing. The weather was such it limited us to staying within a mile or so of the beach, but no matter, because the Spanish mackerel and kings had been biting good along the beach front.

  • Now is the right time to fish for speckled trout

    Local anglers have been dodging rain showers and getting in some decent fishing.

    Temperatures have remained steady enough that real fall fishing hasn’t kicked into gear yet, although the speckled trout don’t seem to know to wait and have been hitting well. Red drum and flounder are making up the bulk of the other inshore catches as folks wait for the spot to start running.

  • Fishing tournament honors injured hunter

    On Saturday, Sept. 26, fishermen will gather to support one of their own at the third annual Bay Creek Classic Flounder Tournament.

  • Anglers get ready for the big fall spot run

    We’ve had our first showing of spot on the piers, and anglers are poised for the big fall spot run.

    Last year was a disappointment, but there seems to be good signs this season will be better. Fall pier fishing remains a simple and rewarding fishing experience that brings out the kid in all of us.

  • Annual mullet run off to an early start

    The recent dip into autumn-like temperatures had anglers hoping fish would start gearing up for the fall runs. That didn’t exactly happen, but we are still seeing good fishing with quite a few big flounder, redfish and trout now out there around their usual inshore haunts.

    If fishing is this good now, it is possible this fall season will make up for last year’s disappointments.

  • Fall kingfish bite begins at local beaches

    When Mother Nature flipped the switch, she did not hold back. It has gone from summer to fall in a hurry, and I am not complaining.

    The mullet have been running the beach and the menhaden schools are lined up along the beachfront from Ocean Isle Beach to the Cape Fear. All the pieces are in place for one of the best fall king mackerel bites we’ve seen in years.

  • Good time to put flounder fillets on dinner table

    Flounder fishing really picked up in late August, and the tasty flatfish are the hottest bite out there right now. There are plenty of stocky redfish biting, and Spanish mackerel are hitting along the shore in the early mornings, but it is the flounder that have local anglers the most excited. Fishing for flounder should continue to be strong right through the fall.