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Fishing

  • 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?

  • For a change of pace, take a child fishing--and follow these tips

    There is probably no more enjoyable fishing trip for a veteran angler than one which involves taking a kid fishing. In this age of virtual reality and game systems that seem to tie kids to the computers and TVs with an umbilical cord, it is almost a duty for those of us who love the sport to pass it on.

    If you want to introduce a youngster to fishing, however, there are some important tips that can help make the experience enjoyable for you both and perhaps hook a kid for life.

    1. Use natural bait.

  • Spanish mackerel mania ensues

    If there is one thing that comes to life in the month of August, it is the Spanish mackerel fishing. You can travel to almost any reef or live bottom in the 45- to 60-foot depth range and catch lots of large Spanish mackerel from 2-4 pounds or more. Spanish are one of the best eating fish in the sea, and when they are schooling, they don’t mind biting a hook.

  • Spanish mackerel easier to catch than king mackerel, and better tasting

    Well, I’ve never been to Spain, but I do like catching Spanish mackerel.

    Spanish mackerel are the smaller cousins of the prized king mackerel, a big game fish for which our state is widely known. Although they don’t get as large as kings, Spanish are easier to catch, more colorful and better tasting. Like kings, they are a fish of the ocean, not going deep into inshore waters, but roaming close enough to the beach so they are often in range of pier and surf fishermen as well as those with small boats.

  • August raises temperatures, causing fish to seek cooler waters

    It’s hot! No more description is necessary to substantiate that claim. Walk outside and you’ll be soaked with sweat in a matter of minutes. As a fisherman, it’s nice to get off the mainland and onto the water, where the breezes help to soften the heat. The fish thus far haven’t seemed to mind the heat too much as they continue to bite.

  • 2008 Jolly Mon King Classic: New winners announced

    As a tournament fisherman as well as a tournament operator, I feel I have the highest level of responsibility to ensure the rules of my tournaments are followed.

    As such, and with the commitment to uphold the honor and integrity of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Classic, the tournament committee has made the decision to disqualify the boat Takin It Easy, captained by Cameron Bowers, for failure to comply with tournament rules.

    The winner of the tournament is Keith Logan and crew of Logan’s Love.