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The nearshore waters between Cape Lookout and Bogue Inlet have been full of chunky cobia over the past week. Atlantic Beach cobia bite has gone off the chain this week
1287 Views - Posted: May 21 at 10:08 pm

Matt Lamb at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said the spring cobia bite has ramped up to absolutely wide open in the past few days, with fish cruising bait pods, searching just outside the breakers and feeding on the bottom of channels everywhere from Cape Lookout to Bogue Inlet.

Dolphin are among the most-popular offshore fish taken out of Hatteras and other North Carolina ports. Dolphin: Clown prince of the open ocean
79 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

With their bright colors and wild, entertaining acrobatics, dolphin are considered by many to be the clown prince of the open ocean. They have neon upper body colors of blue and green that taper to bright yellow sides and shiny white bellies. 

Funds to dredge the ferry channel from Hatteras to Hatteras Inlet  are currently unavailable, which makes for a hardship for local boaters and ferry passengers. Hatteras Inlet
137 Views - Posted: May 15 at 7:00 am

Hatteras Inlet has a stormy history, but the changes in the past decade have created storms that have little to do with the weather. The original inlet was south of the current inlet and closed in 1764. The current inlet was opened in 1846 by the same storm that opened Oregon Inlet about 50 miles to the north.

Big, gaffer-sized dolphin have invaded the waters out of Hatteras. Hatteras captain expects dolphin fishing to return to fantastic as soon as seas subside
558 Views - Posted: May 11 at 3:12 pm

Fishermen headed offshore from Hatteras received a few days of R&R over the weekend as tropical storm Ana stirred up the ocean, but Capt. Jeremy Hicks of Calypso Sportfishing expects the dolphin, tuna and wahoo to resume their relentless attack as soon as the seas subside.

Lots of gaffer dolphin have piled into the bluewater offshore of Morehead City in the past week. Dolphin bite out of Morehead City has been off the charts
2471 Views - Posted: May 06 at 6:55 am

Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing in Atlantic Beach said a full-blown dolphin bite is taking place around the Big Rock, Swansboro Hole, the Rise and other popular offshore fishing destinations, with the bite taking off a few days ago after the first fish showed up in the middle of April.

Making all marine electrical connections as 
waterproof as possible is tough, but extra steps can be taken to reduce the chances of problems developing. Keep that spark going
165 Views - Posted: May 04 at 9:00 am

Do you ever think about electricity when you’re fishing? If you’re like most fishermen, the answer is a flat no. That is, unless the electricity stops working. As fishermen, we have become used to having the tools and conveniences of numerous electrical devices to the point of becoming almost addicted.  

Mark Melnyk, host of the World Fishing Network’s “Guided”, landed his first-ever dolphin on a 2009 trip out of Hatteras. Cover the Cape - Dolphin headline a tremendous month of offshore fishing out of North Carolina’s Hatteras village
132 Views - Posted: May 01 at 7:00 am

Cape Hatteras has gained the reputation as the billfish capital of the east coast, largely because it juts far enough into the Atlantic Ocean that the Gulf Stream passes by not too many miles offshore, bringing with it loads of blue and white marlin, spearfish, swordfish and sailfish. 

Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide
1022 Views - Posted: April 29 at 9:41 pm

Sportsmen across North Carolina flooded the woods earlier this month as the spring gobbler season opened, and many have enjoyed reasonable success. But as the season wanes, the gobblers have heard all the misplaced yelps and purrs and busted fidgety hunters, and they’re a lot more wary. It’s a time when guides like Karl Helmkamp of Albemarle Outfitters in the northeastern corner of the state really shine.   

Topwater baits like this She Pup are producing a lot of nice speckled trout in the Sneads Ferry area of late. Topwater trout bite has taken hold in Sneads Ferry area
1282 Views - Posted: April 27 at 9:24 am

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said speckled trout are aggressively attacking topwater lures in the bays and creeks off the Intracoastal Waterway and New River around Sneads Ferry, with the action typically best in the early mornings and late afternoons and on rainy and overcast days.

Guides along North Carolina's coast have formed two groups to promote their interests and the health of the state's saltwater fishery. Saltwater guides form two groups to represent their interests, NC's fishery
1018 Views - Posted: April 24 at 9:34 am

After several months of sometimes contentious debate, fishing guides in coastal North Carolina have organized into two different groups to work for the fisheries and make sure members’ needs are being recognized.

Whiting, aka sea mullet, have invaded the Pigfish Grounds near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and are filling up many a happy angler's cooler. Great numbers of whiting have moved into lower Cape Fear River
1036 Views - Posted: April 16 at 10:27 pm

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said the whiting bite in the lower Cape Fear River is about as good as it gets, and pieces of shrimp are all it takes to get bit. Whiting aren't generally considered a gamefish, but few fishermen will admit to not liking them rolled in their favorite breader and introduced to some hot peanut oil. Fishermen are taking the tasty fish home in excellent numbers.

The Neuse River and its tributaries downstream from New Bern provide excellent habitat for both speckled trout and the saltwater buffet they eat: crabs, shrimp and baitfish. The Neuse and its creeks have spec-tacular habitat
196 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

The Neuse River flows from Falls of the Neuse Dam near Raleigh to the Pamlico Sound. From around New Bern downstream, it becomes speck -tacular. Some trout are occasionally caught upriver of New Bern in the Neuse and Trent rivers, but there is magic in the downriver areas. Speckled trout somehow know there is just the right combination of freshwater, saltwater and food and are drawn to it. Fishing is good most of the year, but the fishing can be excellent in spring when specks get active.   


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