• Inshore Fishing

    Speckled trout live in a lot of the tannic, blackwater coastal rivers of the Carolinas; the water is actually clear below the surface.

    Don’t avoid black, tannic water

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Plenty of fish species, like this red, migrate up and down the Cape Fear River depending on where the freshwater-saltwater edge is located.

    Fish that edge

    December 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Clean, clear water means great speckled trout action in the Carolinas.

    The clear advantage - Look for clean water to catch Carolina speckled trout

    Look for the cleanest water around when you head out in search of speckled trout as fall gives way to winter.
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    The Cape Fear River around Wilmington, N.C., is a top-drawer place to fish in December.

    Cape Fear’s December mixed bag

    The waters around Wilmington, N.C., are popular with anglers around the calendar, but they are especially nice to fish in December, when striped bass are added to the mix.
    December 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Shane Flannigan of The Reel Deal Charters has been catching plenty of redfish, as well as speckled trout, since the weather has cooled off in the Carolinas.

    VIDEO: How to catch more speckled trout and redfish in the fall

    Fall inshore fishing 101
    November 16, 2018 at 3:00pm
    November weather can swing from comfortable to cold, but Wilmington’s veteran guide Jot Owens knows where to find seatrout in all conditions.

    Specks go with the Flo – but not far

    November 15, 2018 at 6:00am
    When inshore water temperatures dip below 52 degrees, guide Noah Lynk heads for the Cape Lookout rock jetty to find gator trout.

    Rockin’ and reelin’ for specks

    November 15, 2018 at 6:00am
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    November 15, 2018 at 6:00am
    Flounder are one of a handful of saltwater species that are commonly caught in the surf this month across the beaches of the Carolinas.

    Beach-bound isn’t so bad

    Surf fishing really comes into its own in the Carolinas this month
    November 12, 2018 at 9:00am
    The author is a regular visitor to Murrells Inlet in November, largely because of the opportunity to catch gator trout like this one.

    Trout time for Murrells Inlet anglers

    November 05, 2018 at 4:27pm
    Guide David Towler of Swansboro, N.C., knows red drum are available in 2 to 3 feet of surf water off local barrier islands this month.

    Surf reds make for November fun

    Barrier-island surf south of Crystal Coast turns on when water cools plenty
    November 01, 2018 at 3:59pm
    Guide Ricky Kellum believes New River speckled trout will bounce back quickly from the effects of Hurricane Florence.

    Four NC hotspots for November trout

    When it comes to specks, you can’t go wrong following the advice of four veteran guides who know their home waters and how to fish them.
    November 01, 2018 at 7:00am

    Thanksgiving reds

    November redfish in the Carolinas can be caught on three basic patterns, so spool on some line and catch them before the turkey is all gone.
    November 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Chas Champagne, creator of the Matrix Shad line of soft plastic lures, is introducing a new 5-inch Matrix Monster that will be available in stores this fall.

    The new Matrix Monster

    The big 5-inch version swims just like a regular-sized Matrix Shad
    October 29, 2018 at 9:00am