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Whiting, aka sea mullet, have invaded the Pigfish Grounds near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and are filling up many a happy angler's cooler. 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 River and its tributaries downstream from New Bern provide excellent habitat for both speckled trout and the saltwater buffet they eat: crabs, shrimp and baitfish. 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.   


Areas along the Neuse and Trent rivers where water classifications change are marked with signs on bridges and other  structures. 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.


King Mackerel 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.


Matt Nelson of Charlotte admires a 9-pound Spanish mackerel he caught on live bait last spring. 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 like this one and Atlantic bonito have both invaded the waters off Cape Lookout this week, according to Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island. 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 are still schooled up and beginning to bite better in the marshes of lower Brunswick County, hitting mud minnows on light jigheads and soft-plastic shrimp. 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.


April is a breakout month for speckled trout in the Neuse River and its tributaries around New Bern. 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.


April opens Spanish mackerel season along the southeastern North Carolina coast, an event that’s not to be missed. 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.


Mounting a camera near the kayak’s bow will allow for great grip-and-grin shots of a happy angler. 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.


Redfish are only one of a handful of species biting for Capt. Rennie Clark in the lower Cape Fear River. 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.


A good, high-definition depth finder is crucial to being able to locate the outside edges of the Little River jetties where redfish lurk this month. 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. 


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