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Fishing

  • Autumn is a great time of year for fishermen

    We have had storms and yellow butterflies, now all local anglers are waiting on are the fish.

    September gave us a blustery start to the fall fishing season, and while fish were caught, we haven’t seen the best of autumn yet. Inshore anglers will be out in force this month looking for an exclamation point on what has so far been a good year for recreational fishermen.

  • Fall fishing has arrived in Brunswick County

    Finally, the water has cleared, the air has cooled, the north winds are blowing and it is time to go fishing.

  • Dispelling myths about fish and fishing--the truth according to Weeks

    With the fall fishing season just about upon us, it is time to re-examine our local inshore fishing myths. I have addressed some of these before, but since they crop up every autumn, now is a good time to dust them off and either debunk or certify them. Once the fish start hitting, I’m in it for myself and I’m not telling you anything.

  • Brunswick was spared with Hanna

    It seems that almost every tropical storm or hurricane that hits the U.S. affects us in Brunswick County in some way. Most of the time it’s after the storm makes landfall and moves northeast, bringing lots of rain and increased winds. However, Hanna was a special case for us, as it put an absolute bull’s-eye on Brunswick County.

  • Piers are the place for pluggers--and they do catch fish

    You can walk the length of a local fishing pier in the fall and pass many rows of bottom-fishermen. First, there will be a few guys drowning minnows for flounder, and then gobs of spot anglers bunched up in hordes hoping for a run of fall yellow-bellies. These are generally calm people. Eventually, however, as you reach the deep end of the pier you may find a diverse pod of frenzied guys and girls casting and re-casting small plugs out into the water, lures that look for all the world like thin pencils with colored heads and three dangerous treble hooks attached to them.

  • Get ready--September signals start of fall fishing season

    September’s arrival signals the beginning of the fall fishing season, although it doesn’t always signal the arrival of fall fishing. The water temperature is often slower to cool down than the anglers are to warm up. There is no doubt, however, things are about to get a lot more interesting for anglers in our local waters.

  • Knot Kiddin' crew wins first place in Brunswick Islands Saltwater Classic

    Fishing on the appropriately named Knot Kiddin’ in the Brunswick Islands Saltwater Classic Saturday, David Mason’s crew landed the winning catch: a 48.70-pound king mackerel.

    “That is a big king mackerel,” said Hampstead resident Bill Collins, upon whose fishing line the fish struck.

    The catch also paid dividends in prize money. The Knot Kiddin’ crew of Collins, Mason, Matthew Collins and Zachary Mason earned $28,260.

  • What to do between seasons

    Mid-August to mid-September is sort of the stepchild of fishing seasons. The summer bite has mostly shut down, and the fall bite has yet to begin. The main reason for the slow down is from the high water temperatures.

  • Now is time to think about spot fishing; hope for their return

    It may still be August, but it is not too early to start thinking about spot fishing. The last few years have been down ones when it comes to the annual spot run, which draws hoards of anglers to our piers and marinas seeking our most beloved little saltwater panfish. However, there is reason for hope.

    This has been an unexpectedly good year for flounder fishing, following some rather bad ones. Whether this is due to more stringent regulations or just species fluctuations is a matter of debate, but clearly there have been more flounder out there.

  • Black drum providing good fishing action; getting fisherman ready for fall

    The period of time between the summer doldrums and the quick-action fishing of the fall can be a confusing one for anglers. Uncertainty dominates, as both the weather and the annual migrations of fish are notoriously unpredictable.

    Everyone knows a variety of factors—including water temperatures, fall storms and the inevitable movement of large schools of fish—mean great fishing is just around the corner. But what do you do in the meantime?