• Offshore Fishing

    Flounder move to warmer offshore waters to spend the winter around ledges and rocks — still within reach of anglers out of Little River, S.C.

    Follow state-line flounder

    Big flatfish have moved to offshore ledges, rocks
    January 26 at 3:45pm
    The National Marine Fisheries Service has closed the recreational cobia season along the Atlantic coast from the Georgia-Florida line north to New York.

    Cobia season closed in federal waters by NMFS

    Cobia fishing still open in N.C., S.C. state waters
    January 26 at 7:54am
    While several giant bluefin have been caught off N.C.'s coast this year, Scott McCoy, Chris Garner, and Clarke Merrell have caught the biggest so far, this 1045-pound beast.

    1045-pound bluefin tuna caught by Morehead City anglers

    Possibly biggest bluefin tuna caught in N.C. waters, but ineligible for state record
    January 25 at 4:19pm
    Tommy Adkins (left) and Stephen Lilly (right) caught this big bluefin out of Beaufort Inlet, N.C. The tuna weighed over 800 pounds.

    800-pound bluefin tuna caught out of Beaufort Inlet, N.C.

    Fish shipped to Tokyo for auction
    January 16 at 11:28am
    October and November are prime times to fish live baits for king mackerel within just a few miles of North Carolina’s beaches.

    How to set up a kite rig for kings

    November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
    Randy Harmon of Morehead City caught this cubera snapper off of Cape Lookout. The fish shattered the previous N.C. state record by over 11 pounds.

    Morehead City angler catches new N.C. state record cubera snapper

    New record surpasses old record by 11.5 pounds
    November 10, 2016 at 6:57pm
    Capt. Marty Baumgaertel (left), Bruce Vosburgh (middle) and Nick Piland (right) pose with the new state record rainbow runner that Vosburgh caught out of Ocracoke.

    Pennsylvania man sets North Carolina state record with big rainbow runner

    23-pound, 8-ounce fish hit butterfly jig out of Ocracoke
    November 05, 2016 at 6:56pm
    Robert Shelton and Steven Trottier were making one last pass near the Big Rock off Cape Lookout when this 94.8-pound wahoo hit their skirted ballyhoo.

    Winston-Salem anglers catch 94.8-pound wahoo

    78-inch long fish hit a skirted ballyhoo on last pass of the day
    November 03, 2016 at 9:35am
    Using a kite to keep a bait skipping at the surface is a Florida sailfish technique that has migrated to the Carolinas, where it often puts big king mackerel in the boat.

    Kings on a string

    Anglers targeting king mackerel along North Carolina’s coast can increase their odds by learning to fly a kite.
    November 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Anglers heading out of Charleston can find plenty of dolphin in 125 feet of water this month as the water cools.

    Dolphin make appearance in numbers in waters offshore of Charleston; just look for weed patches, floating debris

    Dolphin make appearance in numbers in waters offshore of Charleston; just look for weed patches, floating debris
    September 27, 2016 at 10:48am
    Using light tackle made the battle with this 60-pound wahoo quite exciting for Dwayne Gray of Winston-Salem on Aug 27.

    Winston-Salem angler catches 60-pound wahoo out of Beaufort Inlet

    Fish peeled almost 300 yards of line off reel before giving in
    September 01, 2016 at 9:44pm
    Teddy Wingfield, his dad and brothers pose with the new N.C. state record scamp.

    Youth angler claims N.C. scamp record

    Also pending IGFA All Tackle and Junior world records
    August 08, 2016 at 2:09pm
    Chris McCall (left) caught this big wahoo while trolling with his fishing buddies aboard the Gnarly Charley out of Beaufort Inlet.

    85-pound wahoo caught out of Beaufort Inlet

    Big fish capped off a stellar day for crew of the Gnarly Charley
    July 29, 2016 at 11:56am
    Kathryn McClure and Cory Swink pose with the 66-pound king mackerel that McClure caught last week out of Holden Beach.

    Angler catches 66-pound king mackerel on her first offshore trip

    Big fish hit as soon as first rod was deployed
    July 26, 2016 at 9:11pm
    Brayden McMullan, Brant McMullan, Barrett McMullan, Dylan Stone, and Conner Yates pose with one of the recent daylight swordfish caught out of Brunswick County.

    Swordfish run has bluewater anglers daring to attack the heat

    Daylight fishing has busted loose with notable recent catches
    July 25, 2016 at 3:37pm
    Jason Edwards' state record pigfish is on his left-handed stringer, and would have been lost in the shuffle of similarly-sized fish if not for the quick thinking for the Fishing Center crew.

    State record pigfish caught out of Cape Lookout

    Fish is also a pending world record
    July 22, 2016 at 11:14am