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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
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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
416 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
655 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
132 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
60 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
119 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
75 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
183 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
882 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
898 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.


Nice upper-slot drum aren't in big schools, but they're plenty aggressive in the waters around Sneads Ferry. Red drum, trout action is topping out around Sneads Ferry
786 Views - Posted: July 06 at 11:00 pm

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures in Sneads Ferry said the inshore fishing is as hot as the weather, and that the summer heat has fired up flounder, red drum and speckled trout in the area.  


Cover Cover
97 Views - Posted: July 01 at 7:00 am

It's hard to beat Falls of the Neuse and Badin lakes for summer bass-fishing action, while speckled trout make summer inshore fishing great at Carolina Beach and Sneads Ferry.


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