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Fishing

  • Oak Island crew wins $25,000 in mackerel tournament

    Four county competitors landed the four heaviest fish in the 31st annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament over the weekend in Southport.

    Larry L. Deal of Oak Island and the Mako Warrior crew won $25,000 by landing a 40.30-pound king mackerel.

    John N. Brown of Bolivia and the M&M crew won $10,000 by landing a 38-pound king mackerel.

    Mike L. Wright of Southport and the Spread M. Wide crew won $5,000 by landing a 36.05-pound king mackerel.

    Derek Savage of Holden Beach and the Twister crew won $2,500 by landing a 35.80-pound king mackerel.

  • Area fishermen are on the spot watch

    Local anglers continue on the spot watch, as catches of the popular panfish to the north have been excellent and Brunswick County has seen its share of on and off again spot runs. The spot and a long-expected speckled trout size limit change are the biggest inshore fishing news this week.

  • 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.