• Fishing

    Get it one last kayak fishing tournament before the year ends, and do it to benefit Toys for Tots and the Waccamaw Youth Center, this weekend, Dec. 9 – 10.

    YAK Kayak Fishing Shootout sponsored by Hooters of Myrtle Beach Dec. 9 – 10

    It’s not time to put your fishing kayaks or rods and reels in storage for the winter just yet. Instead, it’s time to gear up for the YAK Kayak Fishing Shoot Out sponsored by Hooters of Myrtle Beach, which will be held this weekend, Dec. 9 – 10.

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    Capt. Rob Bennett shows off the type of redfish he's been catching on the small Z-Man Slim SwimZ in the Bohicket area.

    Catch more speckled trout and redfish with this small plastic lure

    While plenty of soft plastic lures are made to specifically target one species of fish, it’s no secret that anglers often successfully use those lures for other types of fish. It’s a little bit of serendipity for lure makers and anglers alike, and can often lead to claims of a “secret lure” catching all the fish.

    Yesterday at 2:03pm
    Sheepshead gang up on Little River’s jetties in December before migrating into the ocean to spawn around nearshore reefs.

    A rocky time for Little River sheepshead

    The Carolinas are in the middle of the eastern seaboard, where unpredictable weather drives the outdoor scene. Even though the first day of winter arrives Dec. 20, 75-degree days are still common. 

    November 30 at 3:40pm
    Wearing his life jacket and dialing 911 while clinging to his overturned bass boat, Bennie Bunch was rescued from Lake Moultrie Sunday after his boat overturned.

    Bass angler rescued from sunken boat on Lake Moultrie

    Being aboard a sinking boat, especially in November, is never good news, but some good news did come from a boat trip that went wrong Sunday on Lake Moultrie during a bass fishing tournanment. 

    November 20 at 8:56pm
    CCA South Carolina donated these two generators to the Waddell Mariculture Center in Bluffton. The equipment will provide uninterrupted power for the research and stocking ponds.

    CCA South Carolina donates equipment to Waddell Mariculture Center

    Keeping the aeration pumps running to the ponds that house thousands of fish at the Waddell Mariculture Center (WMC) in Bluffton, SC can all too often be challenging. The need for uninterrupted power is a need that has long been recognized yet unanswered. Until now.

    November 16 at 3:47pm
    The 1st Annual Southeastern High School Bass Class will be held Jan. 13 - 14 in Anderson, S.C.

    High School Bass Class to be held Jan. 13, 14

    The 1st Annual Southeastern High School Bass Class will be held in Anderson, SC on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14, 2017. The High School Bass Class will be held at the Civic Center of Anderson, located at 3027 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 

    November 16 at 3:35am
    Throughout the coasts of both Carolinas, the speckled trout bite has been on fire, and local guides see it only getting better as the water cools more.

    Speckled trout bite on fire throughout both Carolinas

    Along the coast of both Carolinas, the speckled trout bite is on fire, and anglers on both sides of the border don’t see any sign of it cooling off anytime soon.

    November 16 at 1:48am
    Flanked by Capt. Rod Thomas (left) and Steven Finney (right), 12-year-old Howell Brown poses with the big redfish he caught at the Georgetown jetties last Friday.

    12-year-old terminal cancer patient catches fish of a lifetime

    When Capt. Rod Thomas of Capt. Ponytail Guide Service was asked to take a terminally ill 12-year-old from western North Carolina on a fishing trip, he jumped at the chance. 

    Thomas heard about Howell Brown, a cancer patient at Duke Children’s Hospital, from another kid he had taken fishing through the Dream Hunting and Fishing Program. Thomas did that trip back in the spring on the Roanoke River, and the young angler from that day got to know Brown through the hospital.

    November 13 at 7:19pm
    The N.C. Wildlife Federation is pushing for N.C. to impose the same inshore trawling laws as its neighboring states.

    Inshore trawling reduction sought by N.C. Wildlife Federation

    The N.C. Wildlife Federation announced on Nov. 2 its plans to file a petition for rule making that would designate all coastal waters along North Carolina’s coast as nursery areas to reduce by-catch mortality due to trawling.

    November 10 at 9:26pm
    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

    The waters off Cape Lookout aren't known for producing lots of cubera snapper, but North Carolina’s last two state records have come from there, and the one Randy Harmon of Morehead City caught on Sept. 28 raised the record 11.5 pounds to 58 pounds. 

    November 10 at 6:57pm
    James Ellis was fishing along the Morehead City port wall when he caught this big flatfish on a 2-ounce Spro bucktail tipped with a Berkley Gulp! Shrimp.

    10.15-pound flounder caught at Morehead City port wall

    If you shy away from using big lures when fishing inshore for flounder, you might want to rethink things, especially if you plan on fishing near the Morehead City port wall anytime soon. James Ellis caught a 10.15-pound flounder there this week, and he did it with a pretty sizable lure.

    November 09 at 6:14pm
    Capt. Addison Rupert poses with 1/3 of the inshore slam. This is a great time of year to catch all three of the major inshore species.

    4 steps to catching the inshore slam

    Catching an inshore slam is always a treat for anglers, and this is a great time of year to do it. While anglers often simply luck into catching the three fish that make up the inshore slam – redfish, trout, and flounder – you can increase your chances of boating this medley of fish if you hit the water with a plan in mind. These step can help you complete the task.

    November 09 at 12:04am
    Recreational fishing interests are cheering Gov. Pat McCrory's newest appointment to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, but the commercial fishing industry isn't so gleeful.

    3 Marine Fisheries Commission members reappointed, one new member appointed

    Gov. Pat McCrory has reappointed three members of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, but it was his fourth appointment of Nov. 2 that has commercial-fishing interests seething and recreational fishing interests cheering what appears to be a super-majority on the nine-member board for recreationals.

    November 08 at 2:38pm
    After a successful 23-year career as a professional angler, Davy Hite will begin his new role as TV commentator during the Bassmaster Elite Series event at Cherokee Lake, Tn. Feb 9-12.

    Pro angler Davy Hite leaving Elite Series for TV role

    Davy Hite, the 1999 Bassmaster Classic Champion and two-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year, is trading in his fishing rod for a microphone. After 23 highly successful years as a pro angler, Hite is moving on from competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series to working as color commentator for “Bassmaster LIVE,” “The Bassmasters” television show on ESPN2, and all other B.A.S.S. programming.

    November 08 at 2:03pm
    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

    Bruce Vosburgh, of Kennett Square, Pa., fishes out of Ocracoke, N.C., several times a year, but his trip on Sept. 12 with his daughter, brother and some friends was special. Fishing aboard the Drumstick with Capt. Marty Baumgaertel, he caught a huge rainbow runner that was later established as the first state record for that species.

    November 05 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

    After striking out on two offshore trips and what was shaping up to be the third, Robert Shelton and Steven Trottier of Winston-Salem were about to throw in the towel this past Saturday. But when Trottier suggested one last troll in 350 feet of water just south of the Big Rock off Cape Lookout, Shelton agreed, and the pair turned their luck around with a 78-inch, 94.8-pound wahoo that struck a skirted ballyhoo.

    November 03 at 9:35am