• Kids are the future of fishing

    The fishing in our area has been a wild roller coaster ride this year. We often see many peaks and valleys in our fishery each year, but I would say many of us have experienced more valleys this year. The roller coaster ride is just about over for this year, but like all good rides one more thriller is ahead of us. Can you hear that? The click, click, click of the cars as they climb slowly the final peak? The anticipation is running high as we all know the climax of our fishery is approaching rapidly. It is time to take every opportunity that you have to get out on the water.

  • Great start to the fall fishing season

    The first day of fall has officially passed, but you don’t need a calendar to tell that. As far as I’m concerned, it has been a great start to the season as cool fronts have freshened the air and put the fish into motion. The fishing action along the Brunswick County coast has been good for a variety of species, including offshore fishing for wahoo and blackfin tuna and inshore fishing for red drum and flounder.  

  • Adapt to change and be observant

    The weather has been gorgeous with cold fronts passing our area giving way to light northerly winds and cooler temperatures. We suffered just a slight setback this past Sunday with strong winds and more rain. I don’t expect that will change much on the fishing scene. Last week the action was steady from the redfish with a few big ones caught at the Little River, S.C., jetties and the creeks firing off with reds ranging from 12 to 30 inches. There is nothing more thrilling than finding a school of redfish aggressively feeding in shallow water.

  • Mullets and yellow butterflies on the move

    “Signs, signs, everywhere signs … can’t you read the signs.” That’s a famous song about being a rebel, but I’m adopting it as the fisherman’s anthem.

  • Cool weather will bring red-hot fishing

    The expectation for this time of year is cooler temperatures and red-hot fishing action. It appears the dog days of August are lingering into September.

  • In fishing, timing is everything

    One of the most-asked questions that I get is, “When is the best time to go fishing?” A quick answer to that would be anytime you can get on the water.
    Many times we get caught up in looking at the conditions and trying to predict the unpredictable. There is no doubt certain times of year, conditions and tides can create a much stronger bite at times. Many of you do not have the same luxury as a fishing guide and a busy work schedule keeps you off the water.

  • Taking the kids fishing

    The sky was littered with large cotton balls and the air was thick enough to cut with a knife. The forecast was calling for a 50 percent chance of rain all day. I had checked the radar and could clearly see most of the action was happening around the Interstate 95 corridor well inland from us. The rain showers were moving in a more northerly direction and I expected we would have no issue for a few hours.

  • Who needs a calendar?

    I open this week’s report with a reminder to watch “No Limits Fishing,” co-hosted by Capt. Brant McMullan and me, on ATMC-TV. The show is broadcast 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It is viewable anytime at On Demand.

  • Unexpected catch makes fishing trip memorable

    Editor’s note: Fourteen-year-old Austin Aycock is serving as guest columnist this week in place of captains Brant and Barrett McMullan. Aycock works as a first mate aboard the Ocean Isle Fishing Center charter boats during the summer and is broadening his angling skill to include writing.  
    By Austin Aycock
    Special to The Beacon

  • Bull redfish are running the border

    It is time for our kids to wind down from summer vacation and prepare their minds for a new school year. I am saddened a little that vacation season is over. Our foot traffic will decrease significantly and many local shops will have to tighten down on their business hours. On the other hand, this time of year really gets me excited. Cool crisp days on a nearly deserted waterway free of noisy Jet Skis and casual boat riders will give way to a fisherman’s paradise.