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Fishing

  • Flounder situation complicated by uncertainties

    North Carolina’s southern flounder stock is in trouble and an eventual closed season is one of the possibilities for the future, according to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Dr. Louis Daniels.

    “We enacted a plan to reduce over-fishing in 2005, and the law says you have to end over-fishing in 10 years,” said Daniels, in an interview earlier Tuesday. “So what happens if we get to 2015 and we haven’t achieved that goal? One response would be to close the fishery if that happened.”

  • Catch speckled trout, then try these recipes

    The thoughts of inshore anglers have turned to speckled trout, and the trout have responded. Specks are around all year but they really shine as the weather cools because they school up tight and continue to roam inshore long after many other species are gone.

    “The fishing around here this past week has been dynamite,” Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters said. “The trout bite has been killer just about everywhere from the jetties to the Sunset Beach Bridge and even all the way back down to Coquina Harbor.”

  • In between seasons, it still is a good time to fish

    Water temperatures remain higher than normal, but fish are feeling the inevitable push of the upcoming winter season, as hot-water species leave the area and cold-water species become the target of anglers.

    From now until the early spring, speckled trout and red drum will be the premier inshore fish.

  • McMullan family wins SKA national title

    It is hard to put in perspective the events and good fortune we had this past weekend while fishing the SKA National Championship tournament in Biloxi, Miss. The only way I can think to try to explain it is we, the Ocean Isle Fishing Center tournament team of Brant, Barrett and Rube McMullan, weighed the largest king mackerel ever weighed in the 19-year history of the SKA and quite possibly the largest king ever weighed in any competition. And we did it on the grandest stage of all, the Southern Kingfish Association’s national championship tournament.

  • November is a great time for anglers to target trout and redfish

    All the rain lately has hindered anglers, but in periods of brief sunlight they’re finding the fish are still hitting.

    We’ve begun moving into the cold-water period of the fishing season, and that means a lot of species on the move. It’s the last chance to catch some, and the beginning of looking for others to school up in bunches.

  • Competition is close in Capt. Kyle's Inshore Classic tournament

    Mother Nature opened up a window over the weekend that afforded fishermen an excellent opportunity to get on the water. It could not have been any nicer on Saturday and Sunday, and the fishing results could not have been much better, either. Inshore, the speckled trout fishing has been outstanding. At the Shallotte River, Lockwood, Little River—you name it, the fish have been biting. Add in the abundance of redfish and a sprinkle of flounder, then you have some of the year’s best inshore fishing.

  • Sheepshead, black drum fun fish to target

    Water temperatures remain a little higher than normal and inshore fishing continues to be good. In addition to the usual suspects this time of the year (such as red drum, speckled trout and flounder) two fish that have been hitting consistently are sheepshead and black drum.

  • Strong tides have a big impact on local fishing

    Warmer than normal temperatures so far this year have anglers hoping for a late fall, and it looks as if that is what might happen. October was a bit more streaky than usual, but there are a lot of fish being caught now.

    I hate to sound like a meteorologist, but higher than normal water temperatures with a succession of cold fronts followed by sunny days make for great fishing weather, especially if the fish are still biting. Also, strong tides influenced by the moon are having a big impact on local 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.