• Inshore Fishing

    1 tip that will help anglers land more flounder comes from Oak Island professional angler Capt. Jimmy Price.

    1 tip to help you hook more flounder

    “I can’t tell if I’ve got a fish or if I’m hung up in some debris,” said Monty Gardner while slowly reeling in his line in a creek near Holden Beach.

    July 22 at 3:42pm
    MirrOlures might not be every trout angler's favorite lure, but you'll be hard pressed to find an experienced speck angler that doesn't have a handful in their tackle box.

    1 lure every speckled trout angler needs in his tackle box

    Survey a handful of trout fishermen about their favorite lures for specks, and you’re liable to see several answers repeated a number of times: topwaters, soft-plastic shrimp under a popping cork, soft-plastic grubs on jigheads.

    July 21 at 10:25am
    Noisy lures with imbedded rattles will often get the attention of speckled trout from long distances, drawing strikes other lures wouldn’t get.

    Noisy lures attract more trout bites

    Daybreak is the best time to catch speckled trout during summer. Helping fish locate the lure takes more than just the typical vibration of an injured or swimming baitfish or the subtle movements of a soft plastic. The best lures are the noisiest, so noisy, in fact, that it seems they would scare the daylights out of the trout rather than make them strike.

    July 15 at 7:00am
    Gray trout are often caught on the same lures, in the same areas, as the more-popular speckled trout.

    Weakfish are a big bonus for speckled trout fishermen

    While most anglers who catch summer trout are targeting spotted seatrout exclusively, other species will torpedo lures intended for specks. One of the best of these bonus species is the gray trout, aka weakfish, so-called for its weak mouth. However, a mouthful of treble hooks that snags one usually holds it tightly all the way to the boat.

    July 15 at 7:00am
    Mud minnow are a favorite live bait of many fishermen who target flounder.

    Live bait and artificials can be equally effective when targeting Harkers Island flounder

    Flounder can sometimes be very picky and will only exert themselves to eat a certain bait, while at other times they seem ready to pounce on just about anything they see. 

    July 15 at 7:00am
    Certain stages of the tide are better for targeting flounder like this one caught by guide Noah Lynk of Harkers Island.

    Learn to fish the right stage of the tide for flounder around Harkers Island

    In many seminars at outdoor shows, the leader will often talk about “fishing the tide.” This is a reference to fishing what is considered the best part of the tide cycle as long as is possible.

    July 15 at 7:00am
    Plenty of Spanish mackerel are biting readily just off the beaches of North Carolina.

    Anglers catching Spanish mackerel just off North Carolina's beaches

    North Carolina’s saltwater anglers are having no trouble catching a variety of fish, and that’s especially true for folks fishing a mile or two off the beaches. Bluefish are plentiful, but the Spanish mackerel are really stealing the show.

    July 13 at 10:19am
    Wrightsville Beach’s summer speckled trout take a special approach.

    Dark temptations - To catch summer trout around Wrightsville Beach, N.C., it takes a loud lure and a dark sky

    The sun hadn’t showed when Jamie Rushing launched his boat at Wrightsville Beach. While it is important to launch early from any boat ramp from Topsail Beach to Carolina Beach — just to be able to find a parking space for their tow vehicle and trailer— the main reason he was leaving early was for the summer speckled trout bite.

    July 01 at 7:00am
    Noah Lynk catches his share of flounder from the waters of the estuary behind Harkers Island, and summer is a prime time.

    Hidden gem flounder - Run the tide for Harkers Island flounder in July

    Noah Lynk was headed to the Cape Lookout rock jetty one morning when a higher-than-expected tide caused him to change his plans and stay inshore.

    July 01 at 7:00am
    Grey trout are typically found in deeper and cooler water than speckled trout.

    Try targeting grey trout

    Several years ago, I was on one of my first trips to try and fish from a kayak at the coast. I chose not to go too far from land, as I was still gaining my confidence in the stability of the craft. I kept the fishing simple, using a double-drop bottom rig commonly used in bottom-fishing for croaker and spot.

    June 29 at 9:00am
    The area around the mouth of the Neuse River and the western edge of the Pamlico Sound fills up with big drum as summer arrives.

    Capitalize on the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound bull redfish bite

    July’s sizzling weather matches a torrid bite for bull red drum in the lower Neuse River and western Pamlico Sound.

    June 28 at 2:43pm
    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