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A little closer to home, the waters of the western side of Pamlico Sound hold some great late-summer and fall flounder fishing. Western flats
11 Views - Posted: August 1 at 7:00 am

Guide Mitchell Blake pointed out riprap scattered up and down the bank and how the tide was concentrating the water as it flowed around the edge of one particularly large rock. After a few casts at the rock and nearby spots, something picked up the Gulp! shrimp one of Blake’s fishermen had tied on. 


Guide Matt Frazier travels often from the Foothills to fish the shallows around Fort Fisher in his kayak. Call it the “kayak coast”
50 Views - Posted: 7 hours ago

North Carolina’s coastal waters provide a perfect kayak and canoe angling environment, if you know where to go. With the barrier islands, the Intracoastal Waterway and hundreds of feeder creeks, rivers, inlets, and backwaters, getting the plastic and fiberglass hulls salty should not be an issue. 


Spanish mackerel like these two have been a regular catch around Cape Lookout, along with flounder and redfish. Fishing still hot around Cape Lookout for Spanish, flounder, reds
348 Views - Posted: July 24 at 9:42 pm

While fishing typically slows during July and August, Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said that hasn’t been the case this year in the waters around Cape Lookout. Lynk, who runs Noah’s Ark Charters, there is good variety in the waters around the cape and the shoals that run offshore from it,  plus the inshore waters back towards Harkers Island, Beaufort and Morehead City.  


Guide Mark Stacy said live bait has been producing some nice red drum, trout and flounder in Brunswick County's inside waters. Mixed-bag fishing awaits Brunswick County anglers
567 Views - Posted: July 17 at 7:30 am

The heat of summer has arrived and along with it has come steady, if not spectacular, fishing along the Brunswick County coast. According to Capt. Mike Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, fishermen willing to move around and fish for several species can expect a good, mixed-bag catch.


Kevin Sneed uses a Flip a "bird" to Spanish mackerel for bigger fish, better success
804 Views - Posted: July 16 at 7:44 am

Since May, many fishermen have been targeting Spanish mackerel, particularly off the beaches from Oak Island to the South Carolina line, and the good fishing will last into September. If you’re a novice and want to get in on the action – and have a better chance of success – try “teasing” fish with a “bird.”


Popping corks are a great rig to fish when targeting trout and redfish. Put some “pop” in your fishing
177 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Popping corks have been in use for a long time, longer than you would think.


Wes Barbour catches plenty of speckled trout along spoil islands, created by a dredging the Cape Fear River shipping channel. Spoil island specks
83 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

It seems odd to find spotted seatrout 10 miles north of the mouth of the Cape River and approximately 3 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, but that’s possible near Carolina Beach.


A big circle hook and a length of heavy, monofilament leader are standard on shark rigs used by kayak fishermen. Rigging for sharks
168 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Brad Knight has a pretty standard setup for rigging for sharks when fishing from his kayak. It works, and it’s strong — strong enough that he boated a 140-pound class tarpon three years ago while fishing for sharks.


The New River’s fishery is among the best along all of North Carolina’s coastline for redfish, trout and flounder. New River is a unique coastal estuary
108 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

There are two New Rivers in North Carolina; one wanders through the mountains in the northwestern corner of the state ,and the other begins and ends within the boundaries of Onslow County on the coast.


Red drum aren’t shy about crashing topwater plugs, but the position of their mouth on the bottom of their head often results in misses instead of hookups. Fishing Topwaters
272 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Nothing in fishing compares to an aggressive strike on a topwater lure. Fish lunge at them, swipe at them and sometimes even knock them completely out of the water. They miss topwater lures with some frequency, too, and many times they appear to get madder and more determined each time they miss.


Guide Rick Patterson has been putting plenty of flounder into his livewell in the waters around Swansboro. Inshore bite great around Swansboro for flounder, redfish
1006 Views - Posted: July 10 at 12:47 pm

According to Capt. Rick Patterson of Cape Crusader Charters in Cape Carteret, summer has been good for fishing along the Crystal Coast. A variety of fish are being caught in nearshore and inshore waters, and flounder and red drum lead the catches.


Weedless spoons should be a major part of any inshore fishermann's tackle box; they catch most popular species. Weedless spoons? Don't leave home without them
1031 Views - Posted: July 09 at 6:59 am

Most saltwater fishermen have an array of soft plastics, jigheads, topwater plugs and floating- or popping-cork rigs in their tackle boxes, but often, one of the most-important and productive lures is missing: weedless spoons.


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