• Cape Fear Flounder Classic is July 30

    The Cape Fear Flounder Classic is July 30 at the Southport Marina. This event is being organized as a fundraiser for the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Following the prize structure of the chamber’s U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, the all-cash guaranteed prizes total $5,300. Michael Hill and Glenn Hart from Southport aboard Silver  Bullet cashed in last year and took home $3,170.

  • Spanish mackerel, sailfish highlight area fishing action

  • Sheepshead can be difficult to catch

    Summer fishing is in full swing, which means fish are present and feeding but not exactly jumping into the boat or onto the pier during the middle of the day. There remains a good bit of action, although the bite is often very early or after dark.

  • Don’t give up: Summer heat will drive fish deep

    Fish are like any other living creature; they seek the most comfortable living environment. One of the main factors that determines where fish currently reside is water temperature. Every year about mid- July I begin to whine about the “dog days” of summer; the period when the air and water temperatures reach their height, sucking the energy out of you. 

  • Start in the morning when inshore fishing is good

    Inshore fishing is good during the mornings and late afternoons with the flounder still active and speckled trout running at times. Both the trout and flounder are hitting best around structure such as piers, docks and bridges. Meanwhile there are still some fish in the surf around the edges of the day.

  • King mackerel bite strong

    The king mackerel bite went off this past week, starting on Thursday. It is absolutely crazy how the fishing can be so subpar and then all of a sudden they bite as if they hadn’t eaten in months. In fact, maybe that is what is happening. We have had a lot of strong southwest winds over the past few weeks, and as such the ocean has been rough. In addition, for whatever reason, I have noticed the kings do not like to bite in these conditions.

  • Black drum can salvage a fishing trip

    Summertime fishing is still good, especially in the early morning hours and after sunset. Anglers are catching flounder, pompano, speckled trout, bluefish and black drum.
    Black drum are a chunky, unappreciated species that can save a fishing trip. They are found most often around structures such as bridges, docks, jetties and piers. They rarely venture over sandy stretches of beaches and inlets, and because the overwhelming majority of their diet is made up of shellfish, they congregate around barnacle-encrusted pilings and over oyster beds.

  • Successful fishing is weather dependent

  • Some baits to use to catch trout

    The weather remains hot and dry but the fish haven’t yet gone into the typical summertime pattern and are still very active. The last two weeks have featured a renewed speckled trout bite in addition to continued good action on flounder and redfish. Trout anglers are scoring with live bait at the jetties, piers and bridges.

  • 23.6-pound king mackerel is top weight in Jolly Mon Classic

    I believe it was our eloquently speaking president who once said, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”