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Fishing

  • Pompano a tasty, warm-water fish

    The beginning of August is usually a time for local anglers to look toward the cooler weather of fall, which will bring a sharp increase in the number of fish and their readiness to strike a baited hook. One fish, however, that is already very active is the pompano.

    Pompano are a warm-water fish that strike throughout the summer and provide a tasty catch for fishermen when other fish either aren’t present or aren’t feeding.

  • Summertime fishing can be a challenge; know when it's the right time to go

    Summertime fishing can be tough. Fish are sluggish during the heat of the day and the most productive hours come and go quickly in the morning or just before sunset. Some species, like speckled trout, stage a quick morning bite and then are gone from an angler’s radar, while others, like pompano, occur mainly in dribs and drabs while the sun is high in the sky.

  • Avoid hottest part of day, use live bait during summer

    Although the hot weather has been occasionally broken up by a thunderstorm or two, we are definitely locked into a consistent summer pattern when it comes to fishing.

    Fish continue to be caught, including some nice-sized trophies, but I’d be lying if I told you this was the easiest time of the year for the sport. Still, if you avoid the hottest part of the day and go after them with live bait, you can probably find enough action to get you through until fall.

  • 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.”