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Record king mackerel caught during Championship for the North Carolina National Guard Cape Lookout Shootout Series presented by Yamaha

When Kent Raynor lifted the big king into theBlue Water Candyon Nov 15, he and crew members Scott Pelletier, Timmy Parker and Capt. Jody Gay knew they had a fish that had a great chance to win the championship of the Cape Lookout Shootout Series. But it was several days later before someone pointed out that the king was the largest ever caught in a tournament along the Atlantic coast, the previous record being a 66.55-pound fish caught by Andy Hinton aboard the Hot Grits II during the Teach’s Lair King Mackerel Tournament in 2002.

November 27 at 10:48 pm

10-week fall closure for flounder begins next October

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted during its Nov. 18-20 meeting in Nags Head to protect declining southern flounder stocks by restricting commercial fishing on several fronts, but it also voted for an unexpected, 10-week fall closure for recreational fishing as part of a supplement to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ southern flounder Fishery Management Plan.

November 25 at 8:52 am

Know your state line and state limits

The border between the Carolinas runs northwest to southeast angle across the Calabash River and Intracoastal Waterway, marshes and creeks from just west of Calabash to just east of the north jetty at Little River Inlet. Unfortunately there isn’t a dotted line drawn to mark the boundary, and it is difficult to always know which state one is in.

November 15 at 7:00 am

Shrimp fill the bill when bait thieves are run off by the cold

Brandon Sauls believes that live shrimp will trigger bites from speckled trout, even when nothing else works. While he’ll often catch specks on lures or minnows, shrimp are their preferred food and well worth the effort and expense to get.

November 15 at 7:00 am

Use these tips to work your favorite fishing holes

Some days when you fish, everything you do matters, and some days, it seems as if you couldn’t stop fish from biting if you wanted to. There is a lot of room for fishing mistakes between these two extremes, and being on the positive side more often is simply a matter of identifying bad choices from good ones and doing our best not to repeat the mistakes.

November 05 at 9:00 am

Slay state-line specks

Fall is often a very long season along the coast close to the North Carolina/South Carolina border, between North Myrtle Beach and Sunset Beach. The area seems to be south of the areas that get the biggest cold fronts in the fall. There are times that cold weather may dip into this area, but it is usually only for a day or two, and the weather warms right up after it passes. Fishing may slow for a couple of days, but most of the time, it recovers, and often, fish are more active than before the weather change.

November 01 at 7:00 am

Greensboro angler catches limit of king mackerel from a kayak

It's no secret that Yaupon Beach Reef (AR 425) holds a variety of fish. It is arguably the most popular of all the artificial reefs overseen and maintained by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, and in the past few years has attracted a new user group. Kayak anglers have discovered the productive reef is only about a 30 minute paddle from several Oak Island beach accesses, and they have been venturing to the artificial reef on an almost daily basis this fall. On October 21, Mark Patterson of Greensboro launched through the Oak Island surf shortly after sunrise and returned around 1:30 P.M. with a limit of king mackerel.

Patterson's kings were all in the 20 to 30 pound range. It's probably a good thing they weren't larger; he didn't have a large fish box or cooler to store them. They were in a thermal bag strapped to the bow of his kayak and all the tails were sticking out. The longest king was 45.5 inches and weighed 27.9 pounds. The next longest weighed 24.3 pounds. The shortest was only an inch or so less and was estimated at 20 pounds. That's a lot of steaks and fillets for a fishing trip that only burned about a half gallon of gas in the truck to get to and from the beach access.

October 26 at 6:58 am

Goldsboro angler catches 50.1-pound king mackerel from Seaview Pier

George Wulgemuth had a feeling early on the morning of October 9 that it had potential to be a special day. His feeling was correct and it was Wulgemuth, of Goldsboro, who played the biggest role in making it a day he - and numerous other fishermen on Seaview Pier at North Topsail Beach - will remember for years. Before the day was over, Wulgemuth landed a king mackerel that weighed 50.1 pounds, far exceeding his previous personal best.

As Wulgemuth walked out onto the pier the sun was just beginning to peek over the eastern horizon to welcome a beautiful fall day at the N.C. Coast. Wulgemuth felt the conditions were right for a fall king run. He was correct, but he was going to have to wait a while for the action to fire up.

October 21 at 12:17 pm