• Open King Mackerel Tournament is Oct. 5-6

    The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is Oct. 5-6 at Southport Marina. Those planning on fishing in the tourney have until Sept. 14 to register if they want to qualify for the early bird drawings.

  • Fall fishing season is off to an early start

    The fall fishing season in Brunswick County has gotten off to an early start as baitfish and predators are celebrating the end of a long, hot summer by swarming around the usual hotspots. Schools of mullet continue to increase, leading to better inshore fishing for speckled trout, redfish and flounder.
    Redfish are hitting around the bridges and docks in the waterway and larger over-the-slot red drum are being caught at the jetties.

  • Endangered species: Fish or fishermen?

    If you are a fisherman who makes port somewhere along the eastern United States, you most likely have enjoyed catching and even more importantly dining on black sea bass.
    Although king mackerel offer great angling opportunities for offshore fishermen, and spots are easily accessible to even the smallest boats, it is without question black sea bass is the most sought after and most economically important fish in our waters. They are fun to catch, they are plentiful, they are not too far offshore and they are most likely the best tasting fish in the ocean.  

  • Fishermen await fall run of bluefish

    The annual fall runs of bluefish along the Carolina coast are eagerly anticipated by fishermen waiting for a chance to tangle with the feisty brutes from the rails of the piers or in the surf. Some bluefish have been caught throughout the summer but it will be later this month and in October when the majority of them show up.

  • Obama economy saves fishing and fish populations in Carolina

    You can’t deny the down economy has not had an impact on the fisheries. However, contrary to its negative impact on your and my pocketbooks, it has been healthy for fishing.
    The result has been fewer people fishing, which in turn means fewer fish killed. Throw in some ridiculous federal regulations and you have the recipe on how to rebuild fish stocks. We have theorized that at some point more fish would be born than captured and the result would be increased fish populations; thus swinging fishing into more catching.

  • Fishing has been solid inshore

    Inshore fishing often turns on the weather and that has certainly been the case for the month of August. Hot days and afternoon thunderstorms have been the rule, and though the temperatures will ease off a bit as we enter September, the familiar forecast calling for storms and rain will continue.
    The effect of almost daily afternoon and evening storms has been felt for anglers: good morning fishing, cloudy and stained water after the thunder boomers and fish more likely to be caught on bait than lures.

  • Overall, the August fishing is great

    By Capt. Barrett McMullan
    They say patience is a virtue of most good fishermen. Capt. Brant McMullan is without question a great fisherman and his patience is being put to the test like never before. Each day passes with a new accomplishment for Capt. Brant as he faces the most challenging battle of his life recovering from his recent injuries.
    One motivational factor that is a driving force for him is his unrelenting desire to return to his home plowing the offshore waters patiently waiting for that next big bite.

  • Flounder tournament benefits paralyzed fisherman

    By Capt. Doug Cutting
    Bay Creek Classic
    Tournament co-founder
    We started the Bay Creek Classic flounder tournament in 2008 on an inspired whim: pooling a good group of local fishermen to help a good buddy in a moment of need.

  • U.S. Open King Mackerel Tourney set for Oct. 5-6 in Southport

    The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is Oct. 5-6 at Southport Marina. Registration is from 10 a.m.-midnight Oct. 4. Tournament details are available at www.usopenkmt.com. For a brochure, contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, 28461. For more details, call (910) 457-5787 or (800) 457-6964 or email events@southport-oakisland.com.
    Oct. 4: Registration, 10 a.m.-midnight. Entertainment: 4-8 p.m. Captain’s meeting: 7 p.m.
    Oct. 4-5: Fishing

  • Tricky weather but great fishing

    By Barrett McMullan
    Special to The Beacon
    Overall, fishing this past week remained great—tricky, but great.
    Daily thunderstorms that seemed to appear in the blink of an eye kept fishermen on their toes as they bobbed and weaved from spot to spot trying to stay dry and keep catching.
    Between the dynamic weather conditions, inshore, near shore and offshore, fishermen found plenty of action from a variety of species.