• Inshore Fishing

    Southport's David Mammay caught this huge flounder from the Cape Fear River on June 14, 2016.

    Southport minister catches huge Cape Fear flounder

    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.

    June 15 at 9:50pm
    Trolling against the current and dragging baits across the bottom is a great way to cover water and run into a flounder in the process.

    Trolling is an overlooked and productive way to catch flounder

    Guides Toby Fulford and Kevin Sneed of Rigged & Ready Fishing Charters use similar live-bait trolling tactics for flounder.

    June 15 at 7:00am
    Beginning this fall, recreational fishermen will not be allowed to keep southern flounder caught in inside waters between Oct. 16 and Jan. 1.

    North Carolina finally buckles down to save southern flounder

    With a vote last fall, the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved regulations to help rejuvenate southern flounder by amending season lengths and removing gill nets from inside waters.

    June 15 at 7:00am
    The lower Cape Fear River and Snow’s Cut provide flounder with the of the best habitat available along North Carolina’s coasts.

    Cape Fear, Snow’s Cut are great flounder habitat

    The waters of the lower Cape Fear River and Snow’s Cut have long been known as great places to catch flounder — and large flounder, too. The 20-pound, state-record flounder was caught there in 1980, and though flounder fishing in this area isn’t as good as it once was, it is still the primary location for fishermen trying to catch a flounder 10 pounds or heavier.

    June 15 at 7:00am
    Flounder will stack up around the slightest change in bottom structure or contour.

    A tip for finding nearshore flounder

    Far too many times, anglers stow just enough tethering rope to hold fast in the deepest water they anticipate to fish, if that. 

    June 15 at 7:00am
    Capt. Dennis Barbour poses with a nice flounder he caught along the southern coast of North Carolina.

    How to catch more flounder at low tide

    The inshore creeks and inlets between Little River and Sunset Beach are hot spots for flounder this time of year, and one trick to catching them is finding isolated pockets of water at dead low tide.

    June 07 at 9:48am
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    June 01 at 7:00am
    Toby Fulford caught this nice keeper flounder on a live menhaden, a very common bait during the summer when they move through inlets into the marshes and creeks.

    Be a flounder pounder as June arrives along the coast of Brunswick County, N.C.

    As the days grow longer and warmer as May gets ready to give way to June, flounder fishing along the Brunswick County coast from Holden Beach west to the South Carolina state line gets tough to beat.

    That’s when finger mullet and menhaden, favorite meals of flounder, begin to stream through Mad, Tubbs, Lockwood Folly and Shallotte inlets into rivers and creeks and then spread across the marsh.

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Set your sights on North Carolina’s river-run flatfish.

    River-run flatfish - Flounder fishing takes off in June in the lower Cape Fear River

    When Amanda King arrived in Wilmington a while back to attend college, she knew the Cape Fear coast was a special place and that she would probably be staying. She wound up working at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher running their surf-fishing seminars and similar projects, and doubling as a fishing guide who specializes in leading ladies and kids on trips exploring the Cape Fear River downstream from Wilmington to Southport from her Carolina Beach home.

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Bigger flounder are more commonly caught around nearshore reefs and livebottom along North Carolina’s coastline.

    Big water, big flounder - The reefs and wrecks off North Carolina’s Topsail Island hold plenty of big flounder

    Short flounder got you down? Tired of busting your hump to catch a keeper? You may need a change of scenery.

    A good GPS and reliable coordinates for the artificial reefs and live bottoms off New Topsail and New River inlets will steer you in the right direction — to flounder that are more likely to be keepers and possibly the biggest you’ve ever caught.

    June 01 at 7:00am
    Veteran guide Tom Siwarski said to find speckled trout, you need to first find current.

    It’s current, current, current for specks

    Current, current, current. If there’s one factor that stands out to guarantee success catching spring speckled trout, it’s current. No current. No fish. Plenty of current, plenty of fish.

    May 30 at 1:01pm
    Choose your campsite where you’re in no danger of flooding from an unexpected storm.

    Plan out kayak fishing trips

    The weather was set up for a perfect weekend float down the creek, the days not too hot and the nights not too cold. The time had come.

    May 29 at 9:00am
    Capt. Lewis Emery of Tails Up Charters in Carolina Beach holds a typical speckled trout for this time of year.

    Catch Carolina Beach speckled trout with these lures and tips

    By the time day broke over Buzzard’s Bay on Tuesday morning, Lewis Emery of Tails Up Charters in Carolina Beach and his buddy, Larry Essick, already had a handful of speckled trout in the boat — and neither was surprised.

    May 20 at 8:34am
    Get a bait to a cobia as soon as possible after you see him and you have a better chance of a hookup.

    Quick thinking leads to more cobia hookups

    May and June offer great opportunities for fishermen who dream of hooking up with a powerhouse, 50-pound cobia just off the beach. But anglers must act fast if they want to get a hookup, because no matter how lazy these fish appear when cruising along the surface, they become less and less catchable every minute a boat is on the scene. 

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Cobia are tough to pattern in the spring because they’re always on the move, and the same fish aren’t in the same spots every day.

    Don’t count on finding cobia in the same spots every day this month

    Guide Jot Owens begins seeing cobia off Wrightsville Beach in May, and on a typical day, he will head to the Masonboro Inlet jetties first thing early in the morning and then start running the beach looking for pods of bait and free-swimming cobia. But he can never count on them being in the same place day after day.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Big, soft-plastic lures, especially swimbaits like D.O.A.’s Original Big Fish Lure, can be killers when pitched to cruising cobia.

    Big 2015 cobia catch hurts 2016 season

    Because 2015 was such a fruitful year for North Carolina cobia fishermen, they’ll have a big payback to make in 2016.

    May 15 at 7:00am