Small Craft Advisory



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After a dry-land  dry-run, most dogs can be comfortable companions in your paddlecraft. Paddling with Fido
46 Views - Posted: July 29 at 9:00 am

More than a few years ago, I came up with the bright idea to take my cocker spaniel mix with me out on the water. It seemed doable; all dogs love water. He is on the small side as far as dogs go, other than his Napoleon complex, that is. And I would have a ready-to-go companion on paddle and hunting trips.


Ron Ripz (left) and guide Wayne Crisco ran into this 10.07-pound flounder on a trip in Sneads Ferry on Thursday. Run to Sneads Ferry results in 10-pound flounder for Surf City angler
2532 Views - Posted: July 24 at 7:46 am

Plagued by extremely high water temperatures in his normal fishery near Topsail Island, Wayne Crisco of Last Resort Charters made a faithful decision on Thursday to head north to Sneads Ferry in search of cooler water and big flounder. The end result was a 10.07-pound flounder that his long-time client, Ron Ripz of Surf City, not only caught, but also released.


Redfish and speckled trout have been patrolling shallow shelves along the banks of the New River, often busting topwater lures. Reds, specks hitting a variety of baits in Sneads Ferry area
669 Views - Posted: July 23 at 12:20 pm

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said the fishing in the New River and Intracoastal Waterway around Sneads Ferry isn't as hot as the steamy weather, but it's pretty good and at times really good, with speckled trout and redfish feeding and often hitting topwater baits.


C.J. Rice of Manteo caught this 65-pound king mackerel off Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head last Saturday. Jeanette's Pier gives up 65-pound king mackerel to Manteo angler
1328 Views - Posted: July 22 at 6:55 am

A Manteo angler who hadn’t fished for several weeks made a big splash on his return last Saturday, landing a 65-pound king mackerel from the end of Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head on what was supposed to be a trip for cobia.


Fishermen can catch awfully big sharks from kayaks with the right approach and right equipment. Fish for big sharks from a kayak? Why not? This video shows how  Video Included
698 Views - Posted: July 21 at 7:00 am

All summer, the internet has lit up with tales of shark attacks along the Carolina coast, as well as hapless kayak anglers being overturned by big sharks. In reality, sharks are a common gamefish along the coasts of both Carolinas and make for exciting sport, especially when landed from a kayak.


Flounder fishing has been great in the marshes behind Cape Lookout and Harkers Island in the past couple of weeks. Flounder fishing has been anything but flat in Cape Lookout, Harkers Island marshes
856 Views - Posted: July 17 at 10:17 am

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said the flounder bite is on in the marshes around Cape Lookout and Harkers Island, with fish hungry and being aggressive at times, hitting live baits and artificials.


Finding schools of baitfish, like these under attack from predators, is the key to keeping up with the movements of old drum. Stay on the fish
160 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

The Pamlico Sound is the largest saltwater lagoon along the eastern seaboard and the second-largest in the United States. With thousands of square miles of water available, the brigade of adult red drum has endless places to travel. But a few tips can help fishermen make their trips more productive.


Most old drum caught under popping corks wind up with the hook in the corner of their mouths, not deep in their throats. Popping cork rig is better conservation measure
124 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Over the past 20 years, the old drum fishery in the Pamlico Sound has grown to epic proportions. The heavy fishing pressure requires the fishery to be managed correctly, and the popping cork rig is a big help in reducing catch-and-release mortality, which typically arises from deep-hooking, stress from prolonged battles or improper handling when caught.


North Carolina and South Carolina manage flounder with different creel limits and minimum sizes. Changing regulations
167 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Many bordering states have some sort of reciprocal agreement for fishermen plying border waters, but North Carolina and South Carolina do not, possibly because of the significant differences in the way several species are regulated.


A community live-bait tank is an unusual feature on Ocean Crest Pier. OCP has survived coastal troubles through the years
60 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Ocean Crest Pier was one of North Carolina’s last-built ocean fishing platforms, with construction finished in 1968 by Warren Calloway, a World War II veteran. He added a motel in 1972 that his wife operated.


Ocean Crest is one of two piers remaining on Oak Island; Long Beach Pier was closed in 2006. Oak Islandís pier history
84 Views - Posted: July 15 at 7:00 am

Oak Island was once home to three piers: Yaupon, Ocean Crest and Long Beach.

Each was an outstanding king mackerel platform, in part because of the nutrient-rich water pushing out of the mouth of the Cape Fear River attracts baitfish and predators alike.


Nice, big speckled trout are on an early morning topwater bite around Carolina Beach. Take it to the top early for Carolina Beach speckled trout
868 Views - Posted: July 10 at 7:00 am

Capt. Rennie Clark of Tournament Trail Charters said the early morning speckled trout action around Carolina Beach has been about as hot as the weather, with specks crushing bait on the surface, dictating the use of topwater baits for fish that are averaging 3 to 5 pounds.


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