Tim Street of Valdese took his first offshore fishing trip on May 24, hoping to catch some dolphin and tuna — which he did. He didn’t think he’d return to the docks with a 32.5-pound skipjack tuna that has been certified as the new state record for that species.
The Ashley Lauren fishing team completed an improbable double victory Saturday, winning the 58th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament just eight days after capturing the 19th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament, a single-day event that kicked off the larger six-day competition.
One of the great things about fishing is having the opportunity to see things up close and personal that you'll never see by sitting on the couch, even if you're watching the National Geographic Channel.
Last Saturday began like many others for 15-year-old Landon Evans of Benson, but it became special that evening when he caught a 117.5-pound blue catfish that is the biggest ever taken from Lake Gaston, the biggest ever caught in North Carolina waters, and possibly a line-class world record and junior angler world record.
Day 3 of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament concluded yesterday with a smaller number of fish caught, and just one blue marlin brought to the scales, but it was an exciting day nonetheless, and the tournament continues today with several boats already reporting releases of billfish.
Before he received his calling to the pulpit, pastor David Mammay of Southport was one of the premiere inshore-nearshore guides around Southport, and it appears that he hasn't lost his touch, as evidenced by a 13.02-pound flounder he caught on June 14 in the Cape Fear River.
Tuesday was day two of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City, and it was just as big a day as Monday. Twenty-eight total billfish were released on the day, and like day one, three blue marlin were brought to the scales.