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Fishing

  • 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.

  • Beat the heat with speckled trout, pompano and flounder

    Inshore fishing continues in its hot-water summer pattern, meaning fish are being caught, although not much is happening in the heat of the day. The best bets now are early morning speckled trout, feisty pompano in the suds or flounder inside.

    Speckled trout are staging runs, mostly before noon or around sunset. They can be caught from the piers, around the bridges and jetties or near the creek mouths. The best bait for the specks is live shrimp, which you can gather with your cast net from shore in many places. You can also catch finger mullet for use on the trout.

  • Southport crew wins $25,980 in Jolly Mon King Classic

    Reel Time, captained by Samuel T. Rees of Southport, won the Yellowfin-OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic, catching a 38.15-pound king mackerel Father’s Day. Including tournaments within the tournament, the crew won $25,980.

    Reel Time also finished first in the 23-foot boat division. Another member of the boat, Samantha Nowell, finished first in the ladies’ division.

    The two-day tournament attracted competitors on 305 boats and took place Saturday and Father’s Day. Capt Brant McMullan of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center organized the event.

  • Rees and Crew win Jolly Mon King Classic

    Samuel Rees and crew members Preston Nowell, Chad Malpass, Samantha Nowell and Jessica Rees of the Reel Time arrived to the Jolly Mon weigh-in at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on Sunday afternoon with a smile on their face. Capt. Samuel Rees deferred from taking the fish out the fish bin for pictures, citing he “knew it was going to be close.”

  • Follow these simple rules for success while summer fishing

    Summer is really upon us now, with scorching-hot days being the rule. Anglers who know how to fish the edges of the day and keep things simple are catching the most fish.

    This isn’t the time of the year to just wander upon a pier at noon with five rods and a big cooler and expect to go home happy. Instead, you have to remember the sunscreen and a few simple rules for summer fishing to have success.

  • Bolivia fisherman wins Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament

    Wes Knox, of Bolivia, finished first in the 26th annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament. He caught a 29.77-inch flounder that weighed 11.14 pounds. He won $1,500.

    The Sudan Daredevils of the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club put on the tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday. Awards were handed out Saturday night at the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department.

    Twenty-eight county children are receiving free care from the Shriners, who dedicated this tournament to Vernon Ward.

  • Family is the focus of Jolly Mon King Classic

    Prize money will attract many competitors to the Yellowfin/OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic tournament, but organizer Brant McMullan hopes the fishing tournament attracts competitors for another reason: its reputation as an event for families.