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Fishing

  • Jolly Mon King Classic this weekend

    This weekend the annual Yellowfin/OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic fishing tournament will be hosted from the Ocean Isle Fishing Center at Ocean Isle Beach. The Jolly Mon tournament has been in the Ocean Isle area since 1992 and has grown to host more than 300 fishing teams from throughout the Southeast.

    The winner last year was Keith Logan of Holden Beach aboard the Logan’s Love. Keith and crew boated a 36-pound king to take home first place and more than $20,000 in prize money.

  • The undisputed best way to catch specks is to fish live shrimp on a float rig

    For Southern inshore saltwater anglers, speckled trout can be a frustrating fish. For one thing, there is the speckled trout’s infamously fickle nature, which means specks tend to hit in runs that can start suddenly and end just as quickly. It also means trout will often strike a particular bait or lure one day (or one hour) and want something else the next.

  • Flounder tournament begins Friday; Jolly Mon next weekend

    The 26th annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament takes place Friday and Saturday. Last year the winner was decided by 0.01 pounds. Jeff Shaver’s winning weight of 7.27 pounds edged Randy Parnell’s weight of 7.26 pounds. Ricky Lefler had the five heaviest flounder (19.39 pounds).

    Mike Potts, one of the organizers, said he expects competitors in 100 to 130 boats to take part in the tournament. The captains’ meeting will be from 6-10 p.m. June 11 at the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Catching a flying fishing rod is much harder than it sounds

    Do I have a fish story for you.

    Last weekend I was flounder fishing on foot around the Sunset Beach Bridge. If you know the old bridge area, you know it’s beside the new bridge they are building, where a lot of old pilings are on their sides. I was on the island side, on the opposite shore from the new bridge construction.

  • June is a great time to go fishing

    June is probably the best month for all-around good fishing in our area. The Gulf Stream is still good for dolphin. There will not be quite as many dolphin as there were in May, but the overall size will increase and average 20 pounds, with the biggest dolphin of the year typically caught in this month. In addition, the blue marlin fishing is peak from our area during May as they follow the tail end run of dolphin.

  • Stable weather moves king mackerel near shore

    Stable weather has finally brought the king mackerel back to their normal summer stomping grounds, and this time, hopefully, for quite a while. What great weather we have had this past weekend and this week. The winds have been light and it’s been hot, but I was kind of ready for a little of the heat. It seems like forever that we have had topsy-turvy weather; one week hot, the next cold with lots of wind. Let’s hope that we can maintain the stability and the fish can feel as comfortable as possible, just before we swoop in and catch them.

  • Lookout for flatties; flounder season is here

    Flounder season is upon us, and reports are starting to come in about the flatfish being caught in all the usual spots. At the same time, speckled trout and redfish are staging their usually early-summer early-morning runs.

    One of the most common methods to target these fish is with live minnows. Different anglers, however, prefer to use different minnows, while some folks just use whatever is available. There are benefits to each of the different types of baitfish commonly utilized by flounder and trout anglers.

  • Fishing continues good

    This past weekend fishermen and boaters from all over the country descended upon our area to enjoy great weather and great fishing. May is traditionally a good time to fish in our area, as species from all genres, inshore, nearshore and offshore, are on the move. Such was the case this weekend, except for a small weather setback. You may have heard the saying, “Winds from the east, the fish bite the least.” I can’t explain the science behind it, but it is a fact that an east wind will cause the fishing to be slower than normal.

  • 'Summer' fishing season has begun

    We’ve reached the unofficial start of the summer fishing season, which always arrives a bit before the actual summer. The next three months will be dominated by hot days, afternoon and evening thunderstorms and strong fishing that can come and go depending on the time of day. For the most part, the success of pier, surf and boat anglers will be measured in how they do fishing for our warm-water species: flounder, bluefish, pompano and Spanish mackerel, as well as the ever-present speckled trout.

  • 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.