• Fishing

    The third annual Reel Em In tournament will be held this Saturday, Oct 29 at the Mt. Pleasant Pier.

    SCDNR hosting free kid's fishing tournament Oct. 29

    Get hooked on fishing Saturday, Oct. 29 at a free tournament that's just for kids. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) invites you and the 16-and-under anglers you know to the third annual Reel 'Em In fishing tournament at the Mount Pleasant Pier in Charleston.

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    This is a great time of year to catch trout on topwater, and these 3 lures will help you hook your share.

    Catch more trout with these 3 topwater lures for fall

    It’s tough to beat the speckled trout bite in the fall along the coast of the Carolinas. And for most anglers, nothing tops catching them on topwater lures. It’s the perfect combination of sight, sound, and feel that you can only get from using surface lures, and trout are very cooperative at this game, especially in low-light conditions like early morning.

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    Cody James Delton McAllister shows off one of the bull redfish he's been catching off the Apache Pier.

    Apache Pier, Sunset Beach Pier giving up big bull redfish

    Many people understandably wondered what the fishing would be like after the recent hurricane hit the coast of both Carolinas. By all accounts, the fishing has been great, even from the piers that have opened since the storm damage.

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    Jason Bowen of Durham had to call for reinforcements when he hooked this 101-pound blue catfish at Buggs Island on Oct. 15.

    Durham angler catches 101-pound catfish

    Undeterred by a broken trolling motor, Jason Bowen of Durham had to make all his drifts for blue catfish with the wind on Kerr Lake last Saturday. After changing spots once, he hooked up to the biggest fish of his life, a 101-pounder that required reinforcements to land.

    October 21 at 3:42pm
    False albacore aren't a mainstay at the Georgetown jetties, but they've shown up lately and are biting topwater plugs and soft plastics under popping corks.

    False albacore surprising anglers at Georgetown jetties

    Anglers up and down the coast of both Carolinas are having a field day with bull redfish, but other fish are contributing to the fun as well, and sometimes they are doing it with a surprise. Such was the case yesterday for Capt. Rod Thomas at the Georgetown jetties.

    October 20 at 9:36pm
    A fawn stands on the shores of the lagoon at Hunting Island State Park, one of 15 state parks that are currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Matthew.

    15 state parks closed due to Hurricane Matthew damage

    As we have reported, 15 of our state parks suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew and are currently closed. The good news is, we hope to have the majority of these parks open and welcoming visitors within the next week. Our coastal parks were hardest hit. We are working diligently at Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park to make repairs and open these two parks by the last week of October.

    October 12 at 2:53pm
    Catch a fish, win a Chevy truck! It's that easy in the Nov. 5 CCA NC Open Inshore Fishing Tournament.

    Catch a fish, win a Chevy truck

    What’s better than hooking into a slot-sized redfish during a nice fall fishing excursion? How about winning a truck for catching that fish? 

    October 12 at 8:52am
    Hurricane Matthew didn't stop the trout bite, which is good news, especially for anglers wanting in on the 14th Annual Jacksonville Trout Tournament Oct. 22.

    Trout bite is hot in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

    Hurricane Matthew did plenty of damage across the Carolinas, and it will take some time to recover from it, but if you think the fishing is suffering, then you can put those fears to rest. Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures has been catching speckled trout in the Sneads Ferry area.

    October 12 at 7:39am
    Nathan Zrubek caught this 12-foot, 1-inch tiger shark from the surf at Topsail Beach.

    Topsail Beach surf angler lands 12-foot tiger shark

    A little over 2 weeks after landing a huge hammerhead, the crew of the Get Bent Land Based Shark Fishing Team subdued another enormous shark on the sands of Topsail Beach on October 1st. This time, a 12-foot, 1-inch tiger shark gave angler Nathan Zrubec of Holly Ridge the ride of his life and was his first land based shark after 6 weeks of fishing with the team.

    October 10 at 9:23am
    The North Carolina flounder fishing closure originally scheduled to begin on Oct. 16 has been granted a 2nd temporary injunction.

    Second judge grants second flounder injunction

    A judge from Raleigh on Thursday said he would issue a another temporary injunction prohibiting the Oct. 16-Dec. 31 closure of flounder fishing in North Carolina as part of a lawsuit filed by two commercial-fishing groups and three coastal counties.

    October 10 at 9:11am
    All of South Carolina's shellfish beds will close Friday at noon due to dangerous conditions coming with Hurricane Matthew.

    All South Carolina shellfish beds closing Friday at noon

    Shellfish season opened on Oct. 1 in South Carolina's waters, but due to the dangerous conditions coming as Hurricane Matthew approaches, all of the state's shellfish beds are being closed Friday.

    October 06 at 10:07am
    Bryson City will host the Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival this Saturday, Oct. 8.

    2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival is Oct. 8 in Bryson City

    Enjoy fall color in the mountains and the Delayed Harvest waters on the Tuckasegee River in Bryson City, NC at the Second Annual Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival on Saturday, October 8. Twenty-five vendors will be set up from 9 am - 5 pm on Frye Street at the train depot.

    October 06 at 9:53am
    Gaffer dolphins showed up in huge numbers for Carolina anglers in 2016, but the young dolphin numbers were so low that 2017 could be a disappointing season.

    Will 2017 dolphin season be a bust?

    A sharp decline in the number of young dolphin showing up along the coasts of North and South Carolina this year has charter captains and scientists wondering if fishing for the highly-prized sport fish will be boom or bust in 2017.

    October 05 at 10:28am
    Clyde Coltrane (right) caught this 60-pound king mackerel from Rodanthe Pier last week. It's the biggest king weighed so far in N.C. in 2016.

    Rodanthe Pier angler catches 60-pound king mackerel

    Last Thursday started out like many other days for Clyde Coltrane of Rodanthe, N.C. A spry, 75-year-old who said he either works or fishes about every day, he went to Rodanthe Pier to fish for king mackerel, happy to be fishing. A few hours later, he was even happier, when his huge, 60-pound king mackerel hit the planks at the pier’s end.

    October 05 at 9:40am
    Capt. Jamie Hough of Mt. Pleasant was arrested last week by the  Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries and charged with guiding for profit without the proper license.

    South Carolina captain arrested in Louisiana for illegally guiding

    Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested a South Carolina man last Thursday for alleged charter-fishing guide violations in St. Bernard Parish, La.

    October 03 at 9:06pm
    David Schmidt poses with the 12-foot hammerhead he caught from Topsail Beach on Sept. 20.

    Angler catches 12-foot hammerhead from shore at Topsail Beach

    When land based shark fisherman David Schmidt of Holly Ridge heard the line peeling from his 18/0 Everol reel, he knew it was the biggest run of the year, but he didn’t know it would be one of his biggest sharks of the year. After an hour and a half tug of war on September 20th, he and the other members of the Get Bent Land Based Shark Fishing (LBSF) Team beached a massive, 12 foot, 2-inch hammerhead that had been marauding the waters off Topsail Beach.

    October 03 at 1:57pm