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Fishing

  • Watch for blue tails waving like a flag

    The combination of light winds and slack tidal current let the water clear up nicely last week. These conditions allowed us to see schools of reds working along the grass edges weaving through the oyster beds. Sometimes just seeing these schools of redfish is enough and catching them is just icing on the cake.

  • Wahoo lead fishing headlines

    Wahoo — I wonder who came up with that name? If fishermen named everything by the reaction it gave us, we’d have names like “frustrateds,” “holy cows” and “dagnabbits.” They are appropriate names for when a fish bites the line, your reel goes into a high-speed scream and you achieve an instant adrenaline rush.

  • Slow, steady and stealth are the keys

    Cold fronts continue pushing through our area bringing northerly winds that greatly benefit our fishery. Brunswick County beaches are south facing and with a north wind are protected by the land, making for calm seas near the beach. Calm seas close to the beach mean the surf is calm and not stirring up lots of silt.

  • Fall fishing is at full throttle

    I have been talking about the thrill of fall fishing for the past 15 years in which I have been writing this column. Our area is not known as a world-class fishing destination, but I have traveled worldwide to experience fishing action and Brunswick County is a world-class fishing destination during the month of October. Whether you are fishing red drum, king mackerel or wahoo, there is a wide variety of high-profile game fish ready to provide angling action. Furthermore, this variety of fishing offers boats of various sizes the opportunity to access the great fishing.

  • Anglers enjoying the redfish blitz

    The prevailing winds have changed to the northeast, bringing the cooler temperatures that are expected for this time of year. We will experience only a few more warmer days this year when strong fronts approach and the winds switch out of the south temporarily.

  • Fish should be in feeding mode this weekend
  • Annual Fall Brawl is this weekend

    Perfect sea conditions and a calendar page change into October meant one thing to me and many other local fishermen this week: It’s time to go fishing. October is the month for fishing the Carolina coast. It happens every year this way, so there are no excuses. Whether you get your kicks catching spots in the waterway, king mackerel nearshore or wahoo offshore, this is as good as it gets.

  • The (red) drum beat goes on

    It’s Sunday, Sept. 15, and we’re right on schedule. The fishing and weather, or vice versa, are doing exactly what we’d expect this time of year. The first cold fronts are beginning to make their way through the area, bringing cooler mornings and north winds. Seemingly every baitfish in the ocean is gathering just off the beach or in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway as the annual migrations take shape. The result of all these factors is good fishing and comfortable temperatures, a wonderful time to be a fisherman on the Carolina coast.

  • Kids are the future of fishing

    The fishing in our area has been a wild roller coaster ride this year. We often see many peaks and valleys in our fishery each year, but I would say many of us have experienced more valleys this year. The roller coaster ride is just about over for this year, but like all good rides one more thriller is ahead of us. Can you hear that? The click, click, click of the cars as they climb slowly the final peak? The anticipation is running high as we all know the climax of our fishery is approaching rapidly. It is time to take every opportunity that you have to get out on the water.

  • Great start to the fall fishing season

    The first day of fall has officially passed, but you don’t need a calendar to tell that. As far as I’m concerned, it has been a great start to the season as cool fronts have freshened the air and put the fish into motion. The fishing action along the Brunswick County coast has been good for a variety of species, including offshore fishing for wahoo and blackfin tuna and inshore fishing for red drum and flounder.