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Today's Sports

  • Festival ends, but keep on...

     The North Carolina Oyster Festival was this past weekend at Ocean Isle Beach. The Oyster Festival is the last big event that brings a crowd to our beach. The beach-going foot traffic will steadily decline from this point. The waterways have been quiet throughout the week, but the weekends have been super busy. The weather finally is making a turn to fall conditions with cool nights and north winds. The bull redfish run should continue for at least another week and then the speckled trout bite should be active.

  • Fishing for king mackerel at its...

     The king mackerel fishing has been on fire this past week. Therefore, for those of you fishermen carving pumpkins, go ahead and slowly put down the knife and get the boat ready — the fish are biting. The kings have made their presence known by moving into the shallower waters of the Cape Fear shipping channel. In addition to being closer to the beach, this area is well known for producing big fish this time of year. Fishermen that fish the right time, tide and place can have one of their best king mackerel days of the year.

  • Fishing brings family together
  • Veterans’ Golf Tournament: An...

     Last week I had the privilege of attending the closing ceremonies for the Veterans Tournament at Brick Landing Plantation. The tournament was played Oct. 8, and was for the benefit of the new Veterans’ Memorial in Sunset Beach.

    The day was amazing on several levels. First of all, more than $20,000 was raised for the memorial in a single day. Secondly, the tournament was filled to capacity several weeks in advance. Best of all, everyone finished golfing in fewer than 4½ hours. Our military men and women know how to keep on a schedule.  

  • Top two teams in Fall Brawl each...

     Clearly Hooked, captained by Austin T. Eubank of Carolina Beach, hooked a 39.65-pound king mackerel Saturday, Oct. 11, and won the Fall Brawl King Classic last weekend.

    The crew won $19,306 for its first-place finish and its high finishes in other categories.

    The Ocean Isle Fishing Center ran the tournament Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct 12. The tourney attracted 195 entries, and 130 boats fished Saturday.

  • Cameryn Smith: Dreams do come...

     Cameryn Smith is a senior at West Brunswick High School. She plays on the West Brunswick girls’ golf team and belongs to The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    In the past month, Smith has become a superstar.

    In August, Cameryn won a $15,000 scholarship from Royal Bank of Scotland through its Achievers of the Year awards. Last week, she played in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Her Champions Tour partner was Rocco Mediate, and her caddie was PGA professional Terry Mauney, the program director of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

  • Stable weather creates excellent...

     Have you seen the weather forecast? We are expected to have the most stable weather we have had all year: light northerly winds at night switching to light southerly winds during the day. That should create a calm and predictable ocean, allowing all sizes of boats to target Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and bull redfish along our beach.

  • Cooler weather brings leads to...
  • Greg Hensley: Interning at...

     Greg Hensley, charter member of The First Tee of Brunswick County and now a Professional Golf Management student at Campbell University, is living the dream. He is on a six–month internship at Bandon Dunes Resort in Oregon.

    How cool is that?

    If you’ve never heard of Bandon Dunes, you’re probably not a golfer. This is a golf course resort on the coast of Oregon that has grown into a world-class golf experience. Folks travel to Oregon from all parts of the world to play the five Bandon Dunes courses.

  • King mackerel rumble into area...

     The fall fishing has finally fired off. King mackerel, Spanish mackerel, redfish and large schools of false albacore have resided off our coast, providing near shore anglers with some of the best fishing they have had all year.