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Fishing

  • Weekend's fishing excellent, promising outlook

    Can you believe this weather? Just as we get the fishing heading in the right direction. The good news is this weather held off until Sunday afternoon, and before its arrival, fishing was red-hot both near shore and offshore. The other good news is this cold snap hit early in the week, and as it looks now, by Friday, the winds are supposed to subside and temperatures are forecast to be back in the 80s. It looks like a great holiday weekend ahead.

  • May best month yet for catching chopper bluefish

    This has been the best May I can remember for big chopper bluefish. They have been coming up on the decks of the piers and out of the whitewater of the surf. Of course, many smaller blues have been caught as well.

  • Red-=hot dolphin fishing begins at the coast

    Thank goodness we can count on something. As they are supposed to, the dolphin, aka Mahi-mahi, have shown up in huge numbers off our coast. Each year they migrate northward in the Gulf Stream, out of the Bahamas, along the southeastern coast and toward the mid-Atlantic. It is believed there are two groups: one group comes from the Gulf of Mexico and the Keys area and the other comes from the Bahamas. These two groups collide off the Carolina coast and make for one of the best dolphin fisheries in the world. This anomaly occurs annually from mid-May through June.

  • May has been great for catching big blues

    Local water temperatures are now holding in the upper 60s, and that has really kicked the fishing season into high gear. So far the biggest news has been the consistent action on large chopper bluefish. This is the best May I can remember for folks hauling in the big blues. In addition, almost any other fish you want to target is out there and active.

  • Hard to beat the feisty action of a bluefish

    The big fishing news in the last week has been the arrival of some serious bluefish schools to the area. Up and down the coast, anglers are catching blues of all sizes. The piers have done particularly well, and a lot of anglers are getting in on the bluefish action.

  • Far Out Shoot Out Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo Rodeo this weekend

    The wind is allowing the fish a needed break, but starting next Saturday, their vacation is over. Registration for the GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out offshore rodeo is open online now at www.OIFC.com and will continue open on-line through May 15. The captains’ meeting will take place 6-7 p.m. this Friday, May 8, at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center along with good eating and I’m sure a few fish stories.

  • Fishing springs to life, thanks to warm weather

    Who knows whether Al Gore is right or wrong about global warming, but in all the mess of what we call weather, there is one theory I will claim to and stand by: Weather is a balance.

    As bad as it may have been in March and early April, it will eventually turn and be equally as good. And thus, the weather finally turned last week after months of wind and unseasonably cold weather. We have experienced a stretch of beautiful weather that looks to continue for some time. The result is the fish are finally getting their acts together and starting to do what they are supposed to.

  • Brunswick County fishing keeping pace with warm weather

    There has been a run of beautiful weather, and the fishing is keeping pace. Rising water temperatures have really kick-started the season and we are headed into May with a full head of steam as fish are hitting hard both inshore and out in the ocean.

    Last weekend, the piers reported their first decent catches of bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Blues and Spanish are targeted from the planks with pencil plugs like that old pier angler’s favorite, the Gotcha. Blues are known to like plugs with red on them, while Spanish react favorably to the shine of gold or silver.

  • An excellent start to the spring fishing season

    Fishing has been good inshore depending upon the weather. Storms combined with an often-howling wind have kept anglers inside at times, but when they have gotten out they have caught fish. There is good news from all areas—the piers, the surf and the backwaters.

    The biggest news in the early pier fishing has been the good catches of sea mullet. These tasty panfish, also known as whiting, have been coming over the rails in sporadic runs and in good size. Sea mullet hit cut shrimp and other baits fished on the bottom.

  • Coastal Carolina's inshore waters are filled with food fish and game fish

    The inshore waters of Brunswick County are filled with food and game fish that offer local recreational anglers a wide variety of choices and opportunity. Whether you like casting from the decks of a pier, wading into the ocean surf or taking a boat ride to your fishing hole, there is something for anglers of every age and skill level.