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Previous page: Look for white marlin in offshore areas full of bait but lacking in appreciable current. Below: Smaller baits are the ticket to hooking up with an acrobatic white marlin during the late-summer run off North Carolinaís Outer Banks. How to rig a circle hook for white marlin
92 Views - Posted: August 15 at 7:00 am

Small ballyhoo or “dink baits” fished with a circle hook through the nose are extremely effective at drawing strikes from white marlin off North Carolina’s coast. Here are some tips on fishing them:


The allowable annual catch of gag grouper in South Atlantic waters will dip slightly this year from 2014 levels, but it will increase steadily in the next several years after that. Gag grouper catch will dip, then rise; wreckfish catch will rise, then dip
532 Views - Posted: August 12 at 2:56 pm

NOAA Fisheries has announced annual catch-limit changes for commercial and recreational sectors of †gag grouper and wreckfish in the South Atlantic management area, based on population assessments. †


White marlin can be targeted with 30- to 50-pound class tackle, a far cry from the huge rods and reels that are set up to troll for blue marlin. White heat - Itís a white hot bite off the Outer Banks
138 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

They used to be known as the dog days of summer, but from Oregon Inlet to Hatteras and Cape Lookout, offshore anglers have been spoiled by a white marlin bite between July and September that is only getting better each year.†


Aaron Kludzenski (right) won a long battle this past Saturday with this 95-pound wahoo on an offshore trip out of Oregon Inlet on the Fintastic New York angler boats 95-pound wahoo out of Oregon Inlet
2019 Views - Posted: July 29 at 9:09 am

Aaron Kludzenski of Geneva, N.Y., was treated to some real southern hospitality this past Saturday when his charter with Capt. Dick Harris of Fintastic Sportfishing out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center took a turn for the best. While he and his party took home a heaping helping of yellowfin tuna, Kludzenski landed a citation wahoo that weighed 95 pounds and was 72 inches long.


Capt. Bruce Trujillo finishes a battle with a nice amberjack, admiring it safely in his landing net. Donít discard amberjacks; they can be eaten
211 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.


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
266 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.


Bruce Trujilloís homemade poppers are perfect for attracting attention from big amberjacks. Make sure when you pop off at an AJ
145 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.†


Polarized sunglasses are a must for offshore fishing trips because they help an angler see below the waterís surface and cut down on glare. Prepare before leaving the dock
212 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:


Capt. Thomas Wood named his charterboat after a popular hillbilly dancer back in his native West Virginia. Boatís name came from a hillbilly dancing legend
327 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.


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
423 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
647 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
1566 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.


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