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Fishing

  • Fish and fishermen get back to work

    I thought the wind would never stop blowing. We missed almost an entire week of fishing trips because of strong southwest winds that kept seas running 3-5 feet and made fishing uncomfortable if not impossible.

    However, nature’s pendulum has swung back into our favor and as of Monday, the winds and seas subsided and have offered myself and Ocean Isle Fishing Center captains the opportunity to get back on the water and back to our jobs.

  • Time to target black drum and flounder

    The weather has been playing some games with fishermen, but during good weather there is a lot of bait in the water. Unfortunately, the game fish are not quite as numerous as the finger mullet and frisky shrimp, and though it feels as if fall should be here, it isn’t yet.

  • Increasing temperatures and wind slow fishing

    If you read last week, I painted a picture of great weather and great fishing. I was bragging on how good we’ve had it, all the bait, the comfortable temperatures….I knew as I was writing the report I would regret it.

  • Pompano a tasty, warm-water fish

    The beginning of August is usually a time for local anglers to look toward the cooler weather of fall, which will bring a sharp increase in the number of fish and their readiness to strike a baited hook. One fish, however, that is already very active is the pompano.

    Pompano are a warm-water fish that strike throughout the summer and provide a tasty catch for fishermen when other fish either aren’t present or aren’t feeding.

  • Summertime fishing can be a challenge; know when it's the right time to go

    Summertime fishing can be tough. Fish are sluggish during the heat of the day and the most productive hours come and go quickly in the morning or just before sunset. Some species, like speckled trout, stage a quick morning bite and then are gone from an angler’s radar, while others, like pompano, occur mainly in dribs and drabs while the sun is high in the sky.

  • Avoid hottest part of day, use live bait during summer

    Although the hot weather has been occasionally broken up by a thunderstorm or two, we are definitely locked into a consistent summer pattern when it comes to fishing.

    Fish continue to be caught, including some nice-sized trophies, but I’d be lying if I told you this was the easiest time of the year for the sport. Still, if you avoid the hottest part of the day and go after them with live bait, you can probably find enough action to get you through until fall.

  • Pogies are making an impact on fishing in the area

    The weather has been nothing short of great over the past couple of weeks. The humidity has been low and the winds mostly light. If you then take these ingredients and mix them with a good stock of fish, you are about to make something good.

    The final key ingredient is the bait needed to catch fish, pogies. It is a widely accepted fact live bait fishing with pogies is the most effective way to catch kings as well as many other species. The problem we have often faced in years past is the lack of pogies.

  • Mahi, cobia and kingfish action at historic levels

    The offshore fishing this summer has been nothing short of phenomenal. The weather has been cooperative and the kings, Mahi-mahi and cobia have been available for anglers live-bait fishing from 5-20 miles offshore.

    As I said last week, I think a key ingredient to the exceptional fishing this summer has been the abundance of menhaden along Brunswick County beaches. If the food is present, the fish will not be far.

  • Summer fishing patterns continue to progress

    Summer is in full swing and the fish are well aware. The fishing over the past couple of weeks has been excellent, particularly for king mackerel, but as the heat has continued, the fish are beginning to push back offshore to deeper, cooler water. The king mackerel bite was nothing short of spectacular at the 65-foot hole and Shark Hole all last week.

  • Speckled trout, flounder are good targets now

    The hottest action for inshore anglers continues to be on speckled trout and flounder. Specks are pretty much a morning catch. They are staging runs after sunrise on the piers, in the surf and around the creeks. You won’t stay on them for very long, however, as they will turn off once the sun gets high in the sky.