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The speckled trout season has really kicked off, despite dirty, freshwater runoff in the Atlantic Beach area. Despite dirty, fresh water, speck bite has taken off at Atlantic Beach
547 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 4:32 pm

Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said that offshore fishing has been great, and despite some dirty water caused by runoff, flounder and sheepshead are biting. But the big surprise is how well speckled trout are dealing with all the runoff.


A flounder gigger slips along the edge of a marsh in a kayak, a near-perfect way to stick flatfish. Kayaks: great for gigging
51 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:00 am

It was a few hours after sunset. The tide was coming into the marshes lining the Intracoastal Waterway. Several boats were already floating the various channels with lights beaming.


Flounder fishing has been excellent in the Sneads Ferry area, with most keepers between 2 and 4 pounds. Inshore action cranking up around Sneads Ferry, with flounder taking the lead
804 Views - Posted: September 25 at 7:48 am

It’s a great time to be fishing in the Sneads Ferry area, according to Capt Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures, because flounder, red drum and speckled trout are all in a fall, feeding mode thanks to some recent cool weather.


David Derrick caught this 12-pound flounder on Sept. 21 in the Lockwood Folly River. Oak Island fishermen decks 12-pound flounder in Lockwood Folly River
15893 Views - Posted: September 24 at 8:12 am

David Derrick of Oak Island targets big flounder in the Lockwood Folly River, and in the fall, he only fishes a few spots – but he fishes them thoroughly. And on Sept. 21, that strategy paid off with a huge flatfish that tugged the scales down to 12 pounds and was 29 ½ inches long and 25 inches in girth.


Guide Mitchell Blake has found that big, lipless crankbaits are killer lures for Pamlico Sound's Lipless crankbaits are latest hot lure for Pamlico Sound's old drum
961 Views - Posted: September 22 at 9:49 am

While searching for artificial alternatives, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity found the versatility of jumbo-sized, lipless crankbaits to be the ticket for enticing full-speed strikes from the jumbo-sized red drum that inhabit the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries during their spawning season. 


Capt. Noah Lynk said Spanish mackerel, bluefish and false albacore have been biting very aggressively just off the beach at Cape Lookout. Nearshore trolling just off Cape Lookout has been excellent
844 Views - Posted: September 19 at 6:06 am

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island is pleasantly surprised with the excellent fishing around Cape Lookout; the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are supposed to be there this month, but the false albacore have arrived a little early. The puppy drum and speckled trout are in the surf, tarpon are still a little farther off the beach and king mackerel have moved in. Apparently, the fishing just outside the hook is off the hook.


The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries attempted to close a loophole that allowed commercial fishermen to sell more red drum than daily limits allowed. Whether the loophole has been completely sealed remains to be seen. Latest attempt to curtail commercial sale of red drum may have hit snag
1391 Views - Posted: September 15 at 11:34 am

An attempt by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to curtail the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters lost a lot of its punch last week when officials with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries determined that new restrictions might very well violate state statutes.


An in-console Minn Kota trolling motor is featured on the award-winning Old Town Predator XL kayak. ICAST — Another kayak victory
143 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Something historic happened in July at the ICAST show — the show that brings manufacturers of fishing tackle and accessories together with retailers and the media. A kayak, specifically the Old Town Predator XL, won Best of Show, solidifying the use of kayaks as a viable platform for angling.


A shallow-water anchoring device makes stopping your boat almost immediately when you contact fish a big weapon in the marshes. Fish on? Power down!
97 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Minn Kota’s Talon is a shallow-water anchoring system that makes it easy to stop the boat when an angler hooks a fish. This type of anchoring system is a staple on redfish tournament boats because it is so effective.


Trolling motors enable fishermen to operate from the bow in shallow water, unlike having to pole from a platform. Stop poling and start trolling
131 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Mike Taylor uses a 36-volt Minn Kota trolling motor with a remote-control piloting device when he is fishing for red drum in shallow water. A trolling motor with enough thrust for use on a large boat like his 24-footer can takes three batteries to operate, with boat weight the main consideration in sizing the trolling motor to the boat.


Fishermen can ride the tide upstream or downstream to fish areas at the proper stage for the best fishing. Fishing the tide
159 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Check any tide table and you will see the tide is not in the same stage everywhere at the same time. Substantial differences exist between locations, and a wise fisherman will use these differences to fish a preferred stage of the tide at several locations during a tide change.


Docks with plenty of pilings, cables, cleaning tables and shade will often hold more flounder than others. What’s up, dock?
137 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Many docks hold fish, and there are thousands of docks along the Intracoastal Waterway and the rivers and creeks that intersect it. Some hold more fish than others, but all have potential and deserve at least a look-see.


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