• Lightning runs and some good strikes

    We are supposed to be in a June weather pattern, waking up with a light northeasterly land breeze and falling asleep with a light southwesterly sea breeze. Instead, we have been falling asleep with a strong southwesterly sea breeze slapping the side of the house and waking up to the distant rumble of thunder nearly every day this week. The forecast changed little for the next five days, calling for a strong southwesterly flow and possibly strong thunderstorms each evening.  

  • The fish are already wet

    By Barrett McMullan
    Fishing Columnist

  • The only kind of citation to be coveted

    Sarah Sue Ingram
    Fishing Columnist

  • Summer fishing finally taking hold

    By Barrett McMullan
    Fishing Correspondent

    After such a hectic week and weekend with our hosting of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Tournament, it was back to normalcy around the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and time to get back to fishing.

  • Hitting the target: red and black drum

    Redfish have been the No. 1 target for most of our trips this past week, and we have enjoyed success on most trips. Black drum have been the secondary target and have also provided excitement at times.
    Flounder and trout have joined the action periodically, but they have been incidental catches as we have been targeting other species.
    Russell Combs had been communicating with me via email. Combs said he would be bringing his 9-year-old son, Nate Combs, and his 9-year-old nephew, Mike Niemeic, on the charter.

  • 2013 Jolly Mon King Classic: Down Time wins

    Mark Long, of Harrells, Regina Reep and Elijah Sorenson loaded up their 26-foot boat on Saturday morning with aspirations of catching a big king mackerel.
    They were fishing the Jolly Mon King Classic King Mackerel tournament, one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast, and they were one of 205 teams competing for the same prize. However, they ended up alone atop the leader board because at 1:15 p.m. a big king mackerel bit their line, and skill and good fortune landed that fish—a very impressive 41.65-pound king mackerel to be exact.

  • Backwater fishing stays challenging

    The backwater fishing in the immediate area surrounding Ocean Isle Beach was difficult last week.

  • Fishing in a tropical storm

    The first tropical storm of the season was named early last week, Andrea. It is hard to believe with such a slow start this spring that we would be dealing with a tropical storm so early in the season.
    Andrea was forecast to hit our area sometime Friday, but was pushing moisture our way by Thursday.  I really did not think we were going fishing, as the weatherman was calling for a 70 percent chance of rain and SSE winds in excess of 20 miles per hour.

  • It’s time for annual Jolly Mon tournament

    I’m an offshore fisherman at heart with a passion for tournament fishing. This week the pinnacle of offshore tournament fishing in Brunswick County arrives by way of the Jolly Mon King Mackerel Tournament. The Jolly Mon has become one of the largest, most festive and lucrative fishing tournaments on the East Coast and is highly anticipated by competitors and their families each year.
    So, what makes the Jolly Mon into the unique community event it has become?

  • The excitement of fishing in a tournament

    The phone rang late in the evening with the voice on the other end saying, “I have live shrimp.” It was just the kind of phone call I needed to give my clients and me a great chance at finding a tournament-winning redfish in the Fisherman’s Post Flounder Tournament.
    Scott Rivers, Deana Rivers and nephew Jackson Simpson got on a red-hot redfish bite with me Saturday morning. The problem we had was landing the right size fish. We had several fish that were too large to handle, breaking our lines and pulling the hooks on several upper slot reds.