• Offshore Fishing

    Gag grouper are one of a handful of grouper species that are extremely popular with sportfishermen.

    John Mallette’s grouper rig

    November 15, 2018 at 6:00am
    Ryan Keany of Manteo and his crew aboard Horseplay out of Pirate’s Cove Marina boated this 528-pound swordfish on Oct. 14 in 180 fathoms of water north of Oregon Inlet.

    Huge swordfish caught off Oregon Inlet

    Manteo crew boats 528-pound fish
    November 04, 2018 at 8:25pm
    The author caught this red grouper in the fall, when the popular bottomfish move closer to shore as the water cools.

    November: prime time for super grouper

    Grouper are as close to the beach as they’ll ever been in November, and this North Carolina captain has a few ideas about catching them.
    November 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Oregon Inlet, crossed by NC 12 over Bonner Bridge, offers access to some of the best offshore fishing grounds in the world.

    Oregon Inlet: Famous, infamous

    September 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Double surgeon’s or Albright knots are two good ways to join different segments of line to keep from having to use a swivel.

    Hide live-bait gear from sharp-eyed Spanish

    September 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    Dave Pfeiffer, president of Shimano Fishing North America, caught this 219-pound tuna on antique tackle and 24-thread line last month.

    Isle of Palms angler lands 219 pound tuna on antique tackle

    Became only third angler to land 200+ pound tuna on 24 thread line
    September 12, 2018 at 8:47pm
    Nick Palombi (left), Mark Davis (center), and Capt. Steve Montgomery pose with Davis' 12-pound, 5-ounce gray snapper, which is the new NC state record.

    Lexington, SC angler sets new NC state record gray snapper

    New gag grouper NC record caught by Clayton, NC angler
    September 08, 2018 at 6:01pm
    Water conditions and bait mean everything when fishing for yellowfin tuna.

    Oregon Inlet is tuna central

    Unique offshore habitat is home to some of the best fishing or yellowfin tuna on the east coast, and late summer is prime time.
    September 01, 2018 at 7:00am

    Metal-free mackerel

    Fall brings live-bait tactics into the Spanish mackerel community; here’s why anglers put away their spoons and load up on mullet.
    September 01, 2018 at 7:00am
    Learn all about king mackerel fishing on Sept. 18 at the King Mackerel Fishing Seminar presented by the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Dept.

    Oak Island Recreation Dept. offering king mackerel fishing seminar

    Capt. Jerry Dilsaver will be featured speaker at Sept. 18 event
    August 25, 2018 at 7:44am
    Forget about catching small Spanish mackerel just off the beaches. Slow troll over live bottom 10 to 14 miles out and you'll catch citation-size fish this time of year.

    Anglers catching big Spanish mackerel out of Holden Beach area

    Slow trolling over live bottom is the key to hot-weather citation Spanish
    August 21, 2018 at 3:51pm
    Hard-plastic diving plugs like Yo-Zuri’s Crystal Minnow are an alternative to live-baiting or trolling spoons for mackerel.

    Shimmer and shine incite shock strikes

    August 15, 2018 at 7:00am
    A heavy casting spoon like a Stingsilver will draw strikes from mackerel, especially Spanish, as long as you can retrieve it at a fast speed.

    Heave heavy metal for harder hits

    August 15, 2018 at 7:00am