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Fishing

  • Goal of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel tourney is to have fun

    The Jolly Mon King Mackerel Fishing Tournament, organized by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, attracts many competitors for an obvious reason: First place pays $25,000.

    “Typically, every year, the first-place winner takes home over $25,000,” said Capt. Brant McMullan, the tournament director. “The entry fee is only $215. That is the lowest of any tournament that I know of. So the ratio of risk to reward is very good. The reason that the payout is so good is we have a lot of boats. Last year we had a record number of boats, 360.”

  • Hot weather doesn't cool down Gulf Stream and inshore fishing

    Summer has arrived with a vengeance, and it is hot. I can’t imagine living inland, working outside or, worse, walking around in a suit and tie. The beach is the place to be as the sea breeze keeps the heat tolerable. And even better, get out on the boat and go fishing and you won’t even notice how hot it is. Right now is a great time to go fishing. Nothing much has changed since last week as fisheries continue red hot.

  • The question: To fish or not to fish?

    An old fishing friend pulled up to the docks of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center the other day and we began rehashing old fish stories. We went through a laundry list of tall tales, and it became apparent we just aren’t fishing as much as we used to. This conversation was taking place as he fueled his boat, and one glance at the dollars-to-gallons ratio made it quite evident as to why we aren’t fishing as much.

    It is darn expensive.

  • Speckled trout making a run along Brunswick County coast

    Some local anglers have had tight lines and full bellies lately, as speckled trout have staged a nice run that will probably provide the best action until fall hits. Specks are being caught right now both from our ocean piers and around their usual inshore haunts. If you like to catch trout, this is the time to go after them, before warmer weather starts to curb their enthusiasm a bit.

  • Warmer water means more pompano putting myths to rest

    As the water warms, more and more pompano are being caught. Contrary to fishing lore, not every one of them is brought in on a gold hook, and not every bait used is a sand flea full of orange roe. If you happen to have a gold hook and a sand flea full of orange roe, then go for it. But even if you don’t, you still stand a good chance of catching some pompano from now until things get too cold for them in late fall.

  • Weather and fish finally cooperate

    Like Hannibal of “The A-Team” TV show used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

    Despite Saturday being a bit dreary, the weather and the fish got their acts together on Sunday and Monday and made for a Chamber of Commerce type holiday weekend. Here at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center it was very nice to see so many people visiting and getting on the water. The beaches were packed, the waterway looked like an interstate highway and offshore the calm seas made for great fishing conditions.

  • When making your own 'fishfinder' rigs, keep it simple

    You can’t beat the real thing, and right now water temperatures are stirring up all kinds of live critters in the sea for fish to eat.

    There are no sure things in fishing, but live bait is a pretty good way to go if you use a simple rig and know what your target fish is trying to eat.

  • Gulf Stream Mahi bite on fire; Spainhour's crew wins GPS Store Far Out Shoot Out

    History has shown May is the best month to catch Mahi–Mahi offshore our area in the Gulf Stream. Fortunately, it is May. And fortunately, history didn’t forget where it left off last year as the Mahi bite has started out great.

    As of last week, the Mahi, a.k.a. dolphin, started biting strong along the edge of the Gulf Stream some 50-60 miles offshore. Locations such as the 100/400, Black Jack and MacMarle’n hole areas have been producing lots of Mahi, averaging in the 10-15 pound range with some fish upward of 30 pounds.

  • Flounder tournament set for June 13-14

    Brunswick County celebrates a quarter of a century of inshore flounder-tournament fishing when the 25th annual flounder tournament takes place June 13-14.

    The tournament, based out of the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department and with weigh-in at Tripp’s Fishing Center, will have $6,000 in cash and prizes.

    The tournament is sponsored by the Sudan Daredevils of the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club.

    Entry fee is $75 per boat and includes two free dinner tickets. Entry fee is $25.

  • Variety of plugs target trout and mackerel now on the prowl

    Two of our most sleek and beautiful inshore gamefish are cruising the waters just off the shore right now, and it is a good time to target them.

    Although very different fish, speckled trout and Spanish mackerel share the common traits of being great on the line and great on the table. As a big bonus, both can be caught easily using artificial lures, which is a lot of fun when you get these feisty critters to smack your offering.