• Carolina Fishing

    Best rigging for fall flounder

    When anglers visit a tackle shop, they find plenty of rigs labeled  “flounder rigs.” 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    What’s the best way to tempt fall flounder?

    Flounder gorge themselves on anything they can get inside their bellies from shrimp, mud minnows and finger mullet to small spots and croakers. But what is the best bait to use? While any of these options will tempt a flounder into eating, finger mullet are the most abundant in the estuaries during the late fall. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Changes may be coming in the snapper/grouper fishery

    Dr. Michelle Duval of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, chair of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, anticipates a few changes to how the snapper/grouper fishery is managed after fishermen brought up some issues during the SAFMC’s Visioning Project last year.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    John Mallette’s grouper rig

    John Mallette said most fishermen don’t think of it this way, but his grouper rig begins 30 feet above the hook. He likes to fish using 80-pound superbraid, but he adds a 30-foot topshot of 130-pound monofilament for the end of the line for abrasion resistance. 

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Take it up a notch

    Fishing from a kayak is a work in progress. Everyone gets into the sport at different levels and skill sets, and some progress faster or slower than the rest. Developing skills is essential to advancing both your enjoyment and proficiency in catching fish from a plastic boat.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Protect your fishing reels in style

    I had a friend show up for a fishing trip recently with two spinning reels. He couldn’t turn the handle or open the bail on either one of them. The problem? He’d failed to clean them after his last saltwater trip from two weeks earlier.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Weedless topwaters?

    Using topwater lures in a walk-the-dog fashion over oyster shell banks, especially in smaller creek mouths that meet larger channels, is a great way to catch speckled trout this time of year. For anglers who have done it a few times, it’s unmatched for pure fun, and it’s a great way to introduce novices to topwater fishing.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Hampstead angler boats 108-pound wahoo out of Masonboro Inlet

    Walker Baldwin of Hampstead, N.C., had high hopes for a big day of wahoo fishing as he and the crew aboard the Kool-Aid, a 31-foot Cape Horn owned and operated by Shane Smith of Wilmington, N.C., left Masonboro Inlet and headed for the Gulf Stream on Oct. 20.  Despite a slow start, Walker found himself bowed up to the wahoo of his dreams — a 108- pounder that measured 73 inches long with a 33-inch girth.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    VIDEO: Catch more bull redfish with this tip

    This time of year, anglers up and down the coast of both Carolinas can find trophy redfish much closer to shore than any other time of the year. These big bulls, which can range in size from 35 to over 50 pounds, come inshore to spawn, then head back out to the bluewater until next fall.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm

    Pisgah Wildlife Education Center offering free November workshops

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is offering free outdoor-related workshops for people of all ages and skill levels throughout the month of November. Online registration is required for the workshops, which are open on a first-come, first-served basis.

    December 31, 1969 at 6:00pm