• Inshore Fishing

    Redfish in the Cape Romain region will feed heavily after dead-low tide, when cooler, clearer water pours in from the ocean.

    The tide turns for Romain reds

    While many inshore fisheries slow down when August’s heat peaks, Cape Romain’s redfish are far from taking a break in the action. With tons of baitfish inside the estuaries, redfish never have to look very far to satisfy their hunger, especially near the inlets on rising water. 

    August 23 at 4:40pm
    Shane Flannigan takes the guesswork out of which lures to use for inshore fishing.

    Top plastic lures for inshore fishing

    Soft plastic lures come in many different sizes, colors, and styles. With all of the different soft plastics on the market today it can be overwhelming or confusing for some anglers. I want to cover a few of my favorite go-to soft-plastic/jighead combos I use when targeting reds, trout, and flounder.

    August 15 at 2:45pm
    A Double Uni is a great line-to-line knot. Overlap the ends of line and leader, tie a loose Uni at both ends (this photo), tighten each knot and cinch both knots and trim.

    Maintain a strong, line-to-line connection when tarpon fishing

    Tarpon are the strongest fish that live inshore, so an angler’s terminal tackle must be constructed to endure the initial shock of the bite and the potentially long-lasting battle. 

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Crab pots, always adorned with floating buoys, are a dead giveaway for good tarpon-fishing spots in Pamlico Sound.

    In North Carolina, think like a crabber to find tarpon

    In North Carolina waters, the No. 1 commercial seafood crop is the blue crab, and the greater Pamlico Sound produces the majority of the state’s 30 million-pound harvest. 

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Tarpon are just one of a number of fish and game species that feed heavily during certain moon phases.

    With tarpon around, never miss a lunar feed

    Diehard deer hunters know that lunar feeding periods are keys to bringing home venison. For consistently successful tarpon anglers, these feeding periods are nothing to ignore.

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Sight-casting or bottom-fishing, it takes some stout tackle to take on big schooling reds in the Pamlico Sound just inside Ocracoke or Hatteras inlets.

    Find a fish funnel, find OBX reds

    While sight-casting is certainly the most-thrilling means of targeting big red drum, it’s not always the most practical. Low-light conditions, high winds and occasional stained water can make putting eyes on a school nearly impossible. 

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Small, live menhaden are a favorite bait of flounder fishermen once summer arrives.

    For flounder baits, pick your own poison

    What is the best flounder bait? At the risk of sounding obnoxious, it’s what the flounder want to eat that day. The popularity nod goes to live baits, but artificials often produce well, too.

    August 15 at 7:00am
    Many anglers overlook the virtues of using corks when flounder fishing, but that's a mistake, said Capt. Addison Rupert of Lowcountry Outdoor Adventures.

    Don't overlook corks when flounder fishing

    Flounder are a unique species of fish, having both eyes on the same side of the body and lying on the ocean floor on its other side. With its mouth shaped in a way that doesn’t seem conducive to the way it lives, it’s an odd fish, but no less tasty, and no less of a desirable target for many reasons.

    August 10 at 10:20am
    These two outdoorsmen had a big night of gigging with Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures, gigging a 7-pound flounder, and one with a genetic anomaly.

    7-pound flounder gigged near Sneads Ferry

    Plenty of fish are biting along the inshore waters from Swansboro to Wrightsville, and the only downer for anglers is the heat. But that’s easy to beat if you take an inshore adventure that’s a little different than the typical fishing trip. Flounder gigging at night will keep you out of the sun, and it’s an adventurous change of pace from catching fish on rod and reel.

    August 10 at 9:37am
    Flounder will bite a number of lures that bass anglers use in freshwater.

    Top 3 bass lures for flounder fishing success

    Flounder will bite many different baits and lures, and that’s a good thing for anglers like Jordan Kennerly of Swansea who spends a lot of time bass fishing in the midlands, but still likes to wet a hook when he’s on the coast. Luckily for him, he can catch his share of flounder with the gear he already has.

    August 08 at 3:31pm
    August is tarpon time in North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound and its tributaries.

    Target summer tarpon in North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound

    Fishing spans every type of environment imaginable, with thousands of species to target. For some, all it takes is a fresh cricket or shiny lure to produce a tug on the end of the line, but some species require much more. 

    In freshwater, the muskellunge ranks at the top of the list for sparse hookup opportunities, being known as the “fish of 10,000 casts.” In North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound and its tributaries, the tarpon occupies that saltwater niche, with only a few hundred fish winding up with a sore mouth annually.

    August 01 at 7:00am
    Bull reds begin their late-summer run behind OBX inlets this month.

    Sunburned OBX reds

    The mouth of the Neuse River and the western Pamlico Sound aren’t the only places to hook into a trophy red drum this month. Massive schools of the bronzed beasts still haunt Hatteras and Ocracoke Inlets, where they entered the estuary last spring after a long winter at sea. 

    While the western side of Pamlico Sound has gained notoriety for the size of the gathering, the clear waters of the Outer Banks grant a special opportunity to anglers: sight-casting to schools of mature reds that number in the hundreds.  

    August 01 at 7:00am
    The marshes, creeks and bays of lower Brunswick County are full of flounder as the weather warms.

    Hook up with a summer flounder along Brunswick County’s southern coast

    After a short run up the Intracoastal Waterway in lower Brunswick County, Greg Holmes banked his flats boat into one of the many small creeks. Clearing the shoal at the mouth, he chopped the throttle, turned off the outboard and stepped forward to lower the trolling motor. In a couple of minutes, he had the boat positioned and dropped his Cajun Anchor to hold the boat in place.

    August 01 at 7:00am
    The heat along North Carolina’s central coast doesn’t slow down red drum too much.

    A hot time for reds

    August usually is boiler-room hot across North Carolina, especially along the coasts. Many fishermen pass up high temperatures and off-the-chart humidity for air-conditioning, cool drinks and the Golf Channel.

    July 29 at 4:11pm
    Some of the best places to target summer tarpon are the sloughs around Frying Pan Shoals off Bald Head Island.

    Cape Fear silver kings are here

    When most fishermen hear the words “Cape Fear,” they think of the river that enters the ocean at Southport, not the cape about 5 miles to the east where the beach at Bald Head Island bends 90 degrees and Frying Pan Shoals separates Long Bay from Onslow Bay. 

    July 29 at 4:03pm
    A custom rod is being raffled off to provide funding for Heroes on the Water’s programs that involve military veterans with access to kayak-fishing opportunities.

    HOW paddles for vets

    Many people use paddling sports as a way to come to peace with nature and themselves. It is an activity that offers relaxation and serenity, away from the abuses of our busy worlds.

    July 29 at 9:00am