• Finally, weather and fish are cooperating

    Now there’s a headline to this column you seldom read. When does that ever happen? I think Mother Nature has finally decided to have pity on us fishermen who have barely survived through the spring. But those of us who endured are being rewarded with record-breaking catches.
    The cobia fishing has been the best I have ever seen in my 20-plus years of fishing. Cobia were once just a by-catch of king mackerel fishing, but now they have become a legitimate fishery that can be targeted.  
    A couple keys to success are:  

  • It’s an order: It is time to go fish

    By Barrett McMullan
    Fishing Columnist

  • Flounder are a prime target in the backwaters now

    Flounder have been a prime target in our backwaters this week. The weather conditions have also allowed small boats to get out on the beach a few days this week, targeting schools of Spanish.

  • Time to get your flounder on

    The flounder bite has been improving each day with more keeper fish showing up between the short ones. Live mud minnows are the easiest bait to get your hands on, as most tackle shops have them for sale.

  • Far Out Shootout among week’s fishing highlights

    It seems this spring we’ve been writing about the slow start to the season and how the unstable weather has kept frustrated fishermen stuck on the dock waiting for our three favorite words: light and variable.

  • Glimmers of hope in fishing world

    I opened the door this morning and was greeted to an arctic blast, which resulted in an immediate about-face and wardrobe adjustment.

  • Sluggish backwater bite

    The backwaters surrounding the Ocean Isle Beach area have not been producing the kind of action expected for this time of year.
    The flounder bite has been on and off with only a few good fish biting a hook. Red drum and black drum have gotten picky in their feeding habits. Trout seem to be spread all over the place, making them hard to target. I can only speculate that the back-and-forth weather patterns have continued to play a role in making our resident fish sluggish and slowing down the flow of migrating fishing into our waters.

  • May-Vember?
 One of these days it really will be May

    This is one of those weeks when it’s tough to be a fishing report columnist. It’s supposed to be the time of year when the fishing is at its best and I’m full of reports and fish stories from inshore to offshore. Instead I’m going to sound like a broken record poormouthing the rotten weather we’ve been experiencing.

  • Changing weather patterns keep fishing a challenge

    All right, guys. See that little patch of grass sticking out a little farther than the rest? See the little rip on the down current side? There should be some trout where the smooth water meets the faster-moving water. Josh Benton, from Raleigh, tosses a chicken-bone colored Paul Brown lure into the smooth water and immediately hooks a trout. We throw everything we had at them for about 30 minutes without another bite.

  • Fishing season is starting slowly

    I wish I had more to say, but the past couple of weeks have been pretty uneventful in the offshore fishing world. Cool, windy and now damp weather have kept the fishermen and fish in a holding patter. And it was all looking so good just a few weeks back.