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The black spot on the dorsal fin of the Spanish mackerel is the single factor that most distinguishes it from king mackerel of similar sizes. Make sure you're "spot on" with mackerel identification
1401 Views - Posted: June 25 at 7:26 am

Is that a king mackerel of a Spanish mackerel you’re about to slide into your cooler? It might not quite be the $64,000 question, but it is one that could be expensive for fishermen if they make the wrong guess. The cost of court for having an undersize king mackerel is significant, and there is always the possibility of a hefty fine.


The Hatteras Fever II won last year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with this 465.3-pound blue marlin. The Big Rock is a big deal
143 Views - Posted: June 15 at 7:00 am

From the literary era of Ernest Hemmingway, to the early days of television to the fast paced, technical-savvy offshore anglers of the 21st century, the blue marlin reigns as one of the most storied big-game sportfish on the Atlantic seaboard.


The annual catch limit for wahoo and dolphin in the South Atlantic will increase on July 9, but fishermen probably won't notice the difference. Dolphin, wahoo catch limits will increase on July 9
724 Views - Posted: June 13 at 1:51 pm

NOAA Fisheries has announced new regulations for the Atlantic dolphin and wahoo fishery of the Atlantic, increasing annual catch limits effective on July 9, but most fishermen won’t notice much of a difference.


Morehead City-based Inspiration, captained by Casey Wagner, brought a 753.4-pound blue marlin to the scales Monday to lead the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. Inspiration is Big Rock leader after boating huge marlin
1602 Views - Posted: June 09 at 7:27 pm

Rare has there been a day like Monday’s opening round of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City. Three big blue marlin were brought to the scales, and two of them may stay atop the leader board for the entire six days of action unless something else tremendous happens. 


The crew of Huge marlin wins Cape Fear tournament, sets record
1089 Views - Posted: June 09 at 12:01 pm

Capt. Hunter Blount, Jim Holmes and the crew of the “Coverage” out of Morehead City, are on a tear this year having won two of the first three of the tournaments in the N.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Conservation Series, taking first place in the Cape Fear Blue Marlin tournament last weekend with an 821.2-pound blue marlin that set a tournament record.


Matthew McKnight and mate Ian Moulder admire McKnight's 73-pound bull dolphin, caught June 1 on the Huge Hatteras dolphin comes up just short of state record
1350 Views - Posted: June 08 at 6:30 pm

When Matthew McKnight left Rhinebeck, N.Y., to visit his brother, Sean, on the Outer Banks, the two decided that an offshore fishing trip was in order, and it was a great decision. Fishing on the “Big Tahuna” out of Teach’s Lair Marina in Hatteras on June 1, Matthew McKnight boated a 73-pound dolphin that was six pounds shy of the 21-year-old state record.


North Carolina fishermen will get 8 days in July to target red snapper. Feds announce 8-day season for red snapper
893 Views - Posted: June 05 at 6:01 pm

Fishermen in the Carolinas and other South Atlantic states will have eight days to catch red snapper this month, it was announced in early June. 


June kicks off great bluewater fishing off the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Crystal blue - Go offshore this month for tuna, dolphin, wahoo and maybe even a blue marlin
289 Views - Posted: June 01 at 7:00 am

The seasonal rise in ocean temperature off the coastline of Atlantic Beach and Morehead City means the peak offshore fishing season has arrived at the Crystal Coast. These fertile waters feature some of the most-productive and diverse sportfishing in the country. During May and June each year, offshore waters burst with action. 


Guide Rennie Clark has been catching plenty of nice Spanish mackerel around rocks off Carolina Beach. Nice Spanish mackerel hanging out off Carolina Beach
1086 Views - Posted: May 21 at 8:33 am

Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach’s Tournament Trail Charters reports that some Spanish mackerel in the 2- to 3-pound range are hanging around some rocks in about 30 to 40 feet of water off Carolina Beach, feeding on schools of passing baitfish and providing anglers with some great action.


Plenty of gaffer-sized dolphin have made Gulf Stream fishing out of Morehead City a pleasure over the past week or two. Big showing of dolphin has energized Morehead City offshore bite
916 Views - Posted: May 19 at 6:00 am

Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing in Atlantic Beach said Gulf Stream fishing, which has been pretty good for most of the spring, has kicked into high gear with the arrival of hordes of hungry dolphin. While the fishing for wahoo and blackfin tuna has slowed a little, the sometimes overwhelming number of dolphin in the waters around the Big Rock more than make up for it.


Toby Grantham of Knightdale caught this potential state-record African pompano this past weekend on the Continental Shelf out of Morehead City. Knightdale angler has another state record in his pocket
1574 Views - Posted: May 14 at 12:01 pm

Few anglers ever catch a state-record fish, but Toby Grantham of Knightdale has now done it twice. He caught the record scamp grouper two years ago on a trip aboard Capt. Dave Tilley’s Continental Shelf out of Morehead City, and last weekend, he caught a potential record African pompano on another trip with Tilley.


The channel through the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet has silted in almost completely, causing difficult passage to the Atlantic Ocean. Oregon Inlet channel has already silted in to dangerous level
1456 Views - Posted: April 30 at 6:00 pm

It took $7.8 million in dredging to get Oregon Inlet passable last fall. It took about five months for Mother Nature to take it back.


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