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Fishing

  • Weather and fishing are finally getting on track

    After reading last week’s report by Capt. Barrett McMullan, I am inspired to write at new literary heights. “Far better is it to dare mighty things, though checkered with failure, than to take ranks with those poor souls who live in the quiet of darkness and thus know not the thrill of victory nor the agony of defeat.”
    Really? How can I compete with such genius? Here is my best effort, but kudos to Capt. Barrett for such strong presentation.

  • Backwater Report returns with new inshore fishing columnist

    By Cat. Jacob Frick
    Backwater Fishing Report

    Backwater fishing reports have been absent from the Brunswick Beacon for a few months with the sudden and unexpected death of well-known columnist Jeffrey Weeks.
    The Beacon has been in search of someone to take on the task that Weeks made look so easy, and now I have been offered the opportunity to write about inshore fishing.
    I grew up in the small town of Gilbert, S.C., about 35 miles southwest of Columbia, S.C.

  • Blue water trail blazers give offshore season a try

    By Barrett McMullan
    Fishing Columnist

    Capt. Brant McMullan once said, “You can’t fight the urge to fish, but you also can’t fight Mother Nature...Adapt.”
    A perfect forecast for Saturday had fishermen in a frenzy all week. All that offseason preparation business hits critical mass once an opportunity to head offshore finally surfaces. The winds were forecast to be light and variable, a fisherman’s two favorite words, and it was clear this would be the first true opportunity to make a run for the blue water.

  • There is hope, proof the fish are out there

    March is a difficult month to get past. The weather will give glimmers of hope by offering up a sunny, warm day, only to smash hope by following up with a cold, rain- soaked day.
    As a fisherman who has been experiencing cabin fever all winter, I’ve greased every reel twice and checked anything that can be checked. I am ready.

  • Prep for fishing success: Do an annual inspection

    Yes, the wind is still blowing. Last week I wrote this article in frustration, this week I’m teetering on hopelessness that we’re ever going to get back to the blue water.
    I should know better. Every year it’s the same pattern. We fishermen get antsy by the time March hits but Mother Nature still has to get all that winter out of her system, which usually takes until at least April.

  • Fishermen, hold the line

    By Barrett McMuullan

    I feel like William Wallace from the movie “Braveheart,” when he held his army back from attacking the approaching enemy until the perfect moment. “Hold the line. Hold! Hold!”
    Well, it’s March and we fishermen are being unfairly forced to restrain ourselves from attacking all those fish out there thanks to Mother Nature.

  • Fishermen, hold the line

    By Barrett McMuullan

    I feel like William Wallace from the movie “Braveheart,” when he held his army back from attacking the approaching enemy until the perfect moment. “Hold the line. Hold! Hold!”
    Well, it’s March and we fishermen are being unfairly forced to restrain ourselves from attacking all those fish out there thanks to Mother Nature.

  • Welcome back from winter, Brunswick County fishermen

    I guess I could say it has been a long winter, but honestly, it didn’t really start until February. But the last month has certainly been a cold, wet and miserable one.
    For the last couple of years, I have looked forward to the month of February, when schools of giant bluefin tuna have been congregating and feeding off the Outer Banks. I am no stranger to fishing for giant bluefin tuna; my crew and I have been participating in the fishery for 15 years now, which peaked in our local area from 2006-2008.

  • Team Instigator finishes 14th in SKA Nationals

    By Keith Logan
    Special to The Beacon
    In the Southern Kingfish Association Nationals in Biloxi, Miss., Team Instigator finished 14th out 109 boats in the open class. The open class consists of boat 24-39 feet long. Instigator was one of 10 boats fewer than 29 feet long fishing the open class and it was the only boat fewer than 29 feet long that finished in the top 30.

  • Kingfish road trip visits the pinnacle of tournament season

    King mackerel tournament fishing in our part of the world is an important cultural event. North Carolina is the birthplace of king mackerel tournament fishing and during the last 30-plus years the sport has provided an arena for fishermen who enjoy the challenge of not only targeting and catching big king mackerel but also competing with fellow anglers.