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 — 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.
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.
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.
I’ve heard about the Superintendent’s Revenge golf tournament for years, but I’ve never played in one.
Basically, the golf course is set up to be as hard as possible with some crazy twists. The pin may be tucked behind a deep bunker or all the way back with a big pond to carry. Or worse yet, right on the ridgeline of a two-level green. The greens may be double cut to roll at a 12 on the Stimpmeter (a device that measures the quickness of a green). The higher the number, the faster the green. Twelve is very, very fast.
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.