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Capt. Thomas Wood named his charterboat after a popular hillbilly dancer back in his native West Virginia. Boat’s name came from a hillbilly dancing legend
178 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

Thomas Wood’s 56-foot boat may not be the newest at the Morehead City waterfront, but it certainly has the most unique name.


Polarized sunglasses are a must for offshore fishing trips because they help an angler see below the water’s surface and cut down on glare. Prepare before leaving the dock
115 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

Anglers planning a charter fishing trip offshore, especially their first, should prepare in order to have an enjoyable experience.

Here are a few tips for being on the ocean for hours:


Bruce Trujillo’s homemade poppers are perfect for attracting attention from big amberjacks. Make sure when you pop off at an AJ
75 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

If you think catching an amberjack is not much fun, try luring one into attacking a topwater popper. 


A cannonball jellyfish, aka jellyball, dropped around structure will attract spadefish within range of an angler with a spinning rod and a basic rig. Shoot off a cannonball for better spadefish action
132 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

Cannonball jellyfish are common near Masonboro Inlet in hot weather. Any angler heading out for a day of amberjack fishing should look for them on the tide lines and catch a few in a landing net.


Capt. Bruce Trujillo finishes a battle with a nice amberjack, admiring it safely in his landing net. Don’t discard amberjacks; they can be eaten
106 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

When Russ Luhm nets an amberjack for his friend, Capt. Bruce Trujillo, he is already thinking about eating it. If the fish is mortally injured — and sometimes when it is not — he cooks and eats it, although he said many people release the fish rather than deal with the parasites.


The nearshore waters out of Oregon inlet have been full of hungry cobia the past week or 10 days. Nearshore waters out of Oregon Inlet have been full of hungry cobia
471 Views - Posted: June 09 at 3:59 pm

Capt. Karl Helmkamp of Fistful Sportfishing in Manteo said the cobia fishing around Oregon Inlet is about as good as it gets, and it's a rare trip when his parties don't have multiple fish and at least one large enough to earn a citation. 


The nearshore waters out of Oregon inlet have been full of hungry cobia the past week or 10 days. Nearshore waters out of Oregon Inlet have been full of hungry cobia
284 Views - Posted: June 09 at 3:59 pm

Capt. Karl Helmkamp of Fistful Sportfishing in Manteo said the cobia fishing around Oregon Inlet is about as good as it gets, and it's a rare trip when his parties don't have multiple fish and at least one large enough to earn a citation. 


Fishermen in the South Atlantic area will have no open season for red snapper in 2015 due to catching almost double the allowable catch in 2014. Feds: No red snapper season in 2015
1243 Views - Posted: June 05 at 2:30 pm

After several years of limited weekend fishing, the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council announced today that there will be no red snapper season in federal waters in 2015, because the total number of fish removed from the population in 2014 exceeded the allowable harvest.


Veteran Morehead City captain loves to head to the bluewater in June for dolphin and wahoo. Dancin’ in the bluewater - June means “Fish on!” for bluewater anglers out of Morehead City
132 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

The deep, muffled throbbing of the twin 600-horsepower CAT diesels and the gentle rocking inside the cabin of the Dancin’ Outlaw III as it sped across a calm sea finally put to sleep six anglers.

They had arrived at 5:15 a.m. at the Morehead City Waterfront boat slip where Capt. Thomas Wood moored his 56-foot sportsfisherman.


Big amberjack like this one can put a real strain on even the heaviest of tackle,  in part because the fish are almost always caught around line-breaking structure. Just jackin’ around - Want to get your string stretched by a beast? Try an amberjack on for size.
87 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

On a hot and sticky morning, Capt. Jamie Rushing of Seagate Charters launched his 21-toot center console at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s public boat ramp at Wrightsville Beach and headed south toward Masonboro Inlet, getting out early to beat the crowd.

“You need to get there early or you may not have a parking space,” said Rushing.


Dolphin are among the most-popular offshore fish taken out of Hatteras and other North Carolina ports. Dolphin: Clown prince of the open ocean
144 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

With their bright colors and wild, entertaining acrobatics, dolphin are considered by many to be the clown prince of the open ocean. They have neon upper body colors of blue and green that taper to bright yellow sides and shiny white bellies. 


Funds to dredge the ferry channel from Hatteras to Hatteras Inlet  are currently unavailable, which makes for a hardship for local boaters and ferry passengers. Hatteras Inlet
258 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Hatteras Inlet has a stormy history, but the changes in the past decade have created storms that have little to do with the weather. The original inlet was south of the current inlet and closed in 1764. The current inlet was opened in 1846 by the same storm that opened Oregon Inlet about 50 miles to the north.


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