|Great numbers of whiting have moved into lower Cape Fear River
404 Views - Posted: April 16 at 10:27 pm
Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said the whiting bite in the lower Cape Fear River is about as good as it gets, and pieces of shrimp are all it takes to get bit. Whiting aren't generally considered a gamefish, but few fishermen will admit to not liking them rolled in their favorite breader and introduced to some hot peanut oil. Fishermen are taking the tasty fish home in excellent numbers.
|The Neuse and its creeks have spec-tacular habitat
75 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
The Neuse River flows from Falls of the Neuse Dam near Raleigh to the Pamlico Sound. From around New Bern downstream, it becomes speck -tacular. Some trout are occasionally caught upriver of New Bern in the Neuse and Trent rivers, but there is magic in the downriver areas. Speckled trout somehow know there is just the right combination of freshwater, saltwater and food and are drawn to it. Fishing is good most of the year, but the fishing can be excellent in spring when specks get active.
|Coastal, joint and inland waters
74 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
North Carolina has three designations of fishing waters: Coastal Waters that are generally saltwater, Joint Waters that are generally brackish, and Inland Waters are generally considered freshwater. But in extended periods of excessive rainfall or drought, these waters change, and fish don’t pay attention to the signs posted at the boundaries.
|Kings vs. Spanish: What’s the difference? Why you should care?
57 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
Every year, a few fishermen get into trouble because they can’t tell the difference between Spanish mackerel and small, spring kings.
|Spanish mackerel can be delicious
77 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am
Some people don’t like the taste of mackerel, probably because they’ve only eaten king mackerel.
|False albacore, Atlantic bonito make spring's first showing off Cape Lookout
426 Views - Posted: April 10 at 12:55 pm
The first false albacore and Atlantic bonito of the spring have arrived in the waters off Cape Lookout, and they're attacking small lures and jigs and making reel-screaming runs on light spinning tackle. Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the action is intense once a school of the small members of the tuna family are located.
|Redfish action warming up in lower Brunswick County marshes
696 Views - Posted: April 02 at 9:25 am
Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters in Ocean Isle said redfish in his area have been biting pretty regularly and trout fishing is beginning to improve as the weather begins to moderate.
|The Neuse River around New Bern is trout central as spring arrives along North Carolina’s coast
90 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am
Capt. Joe Ward of Pollocksville has a special relationship with the Neuse River and the creeks that flow into it. He has been fishing the area since childhood, and during a long career in civil service at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, he often towed his boat to work to get in a few hours of fishing in the afternoon. He knows most of the holes and flats in the creeks around Cherry Point and has a good understanding of when fish should be in what areas.
|The Spanish Armada - North Carolina’s Spanish (mackerel) armada will show up off the beaches of Brunswick County this month
94 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am
Spring saltwater fishing along North Carolina’s southeastern coast begins in April when the water temperature warms enough to draw Spanish mackerel up from Florida where they spend the winter. It also helps that the baitfish that headline their menu also return.
|Save your memories now
276 Views - Posted: March 31 at 9:00 am
In a world of Youtube, Vimeo, Instagram and Vine, along with social media networks built to carry videos and images readily, it only makes sense for people to want to video and photograph their exploits while on the water. Software used to create and edit the images and video is also plentiful and in many cases, inexpensive or even free.
|Runoff has mixed bag of freshwater, saltwater fish biting in lower Cape Fear River
956 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:00 am
A deluge of runoff has made the Cape Fear River a smorgasbord for inshore fishermen, with Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach having a recent catch of red drum, stripers, a keeper flounder and a largemouth bass near Snow’s Cut.
|Picture the bottom
114 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am
From fishing in 8 inches of water for tailing redfish to deep-dropping for swordfish in 750 feet of water, knowing and understanding what is down below is crucial on a fishing trip. Anglers need to invest in a high-definition sounder to produce clean images of the bottom to fully appreciate the possibilities and of course, catch more fish.