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Rennie Clark targets fall redfish around Carolina Beach with a variety of artificial lures, including this topwater plug. Double up on reds - Redfish king and his first lady have Carolina Beach redfish under their spell
27 Views - Posted: 1 hour ago

Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach zigged and zagged through the creeks behind Bald Head Island on his way to a pocket he was sure was holding redfish, and he didn’t slow until he was about 100 yards from the spot he intended to fish, switched off his outboard, lowered the trolling motor, plucked a spinning outfit from a rod holder and handed it to his wife, Shannon.


Flounder fishing has been excellent around Carolina Beach as fish are taking advantage of a big run of mullet. Flounder keeping Carolina Beach fishermen on their toes
425 Views - Posted: October 29 at 9:45 pm

Wes Barbour of Carolina Beach fishing is pretty much wide open from the creeks to the Continental Shelf, and the timing is right to enjoy a great day of fishing, catch a bunch of fish for the freezer or both.


Big flounder like this 8.26-pound doormat caught by David Derrick, have been the norm in the Southport area recently. Flounder fishing still excellent in Southport area
1045 Views - Posted: October 24 at 10:17 pm

Capt. Jimmy Price of Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said as odd as the weather has been, the fall flounder bite is going strong. Despite all kinds of runoff from recent rains that has left waters stirred up and discolored, flounder – and some great big ones – are being caught.


A court of appeals has thrown out a suit that asked for better labeling at the gas pump of offerings of E15, a controversial fuel that includes Ethanol. Court throws out suit seeking more strict requirements for ethanol pumping
792 Views - Posted: October 23 at 10:21 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia circuit has thrown out of court the most-recent case involving ethanol labeling, reasoning that the groups bringing the complaint – including the recreational boating industry – don’t have standing because they “cannot show members have suffered or are suffering with an injury that is traceable to the misfueling regulations.”


The break between the Continental shelf and Continental slope lies roughly between 70 and 80 fathoms off the North Carolina coast. Fishing the break
266 Views - Posted: October 15 at 7:00 am

What exactly do fishermen mean when they say they are “fishing the break?”


Plenty of big redfish are being caught just off the beaches of lower Brunswick County around schools of menhaden. Big reds and inshore triple have lower Brunswick County fishermen in heaven
1234 Views - Posted: October 13 at 7:35 am

There’s been more than enough rain along the Brunswick County coast this fall to put a damper on inshore fishing, but so far, it hasn’t. Guide Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Guide Service said last week’s cold snap appeared to make redfish, flounder and speckled trout even hungrier.


Side planers can spread baits out around an anchored boat using the available current. Side planers for saltwater
195 Views - Posted: October 09 at 9:00 am

Even if you haven’t used one, I think most fishermen know what a side planer is. Sometimes called a planer board, it’s a device used to carry a trolling line out to the side of a boat. Oriented at an angle, as the boat moves forward, the flow of the water pushes the planer board away from the boat, along with the lure or bait trailing behind it.


Wahoo are caught in both good numbers and good sizes during the fall run off Cape Lookout. Fall is the time to whack a wahoo between Cape Lookout and the break
242 Views - Posted: October 01 at 7:00 am

Fall mornings start early along the Atlantic Beach canals and Morehead City waterfront. In the lingering darkness, captains and mates prepare charter boats for the day’s work. The fishermen arrive before the sun cracks the horizon, sleepy but excited, with expectations of great fishing.


The speckled trout season has really kicked off, despite dirty, freshwater runoff in the Atlantic Beach area. Despite dirty, fresh water, speck bite has taken off at Atlantic Beach
1150 Views - Posted: September 29 at 4:32 pm

Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said that offshore fishing has been great, and despite some dirty water caused by runoff, flounder and sheepshead are biting. But the big surprise is how well speckled trout are dealing with all the runoff.


Flounder fishing has been excellent in the Sneads Ferry area, with most keepers between 2 and 4 pounds. Inshore action cranking up around Sneads Ferry, with flounder taking the lead
1611 Views - Posted: September 25 at 7:48 am

It’s a great time to be fishing in the Sneads Ferry area, according to Capt Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures, because flounder, red drum and speckled trout are all in a fall, feeding mode thanks to some recent cool weather.


David Derrick caught this 12-pound flounder on Sept. 21 in the Lockwood Folly River. Oak Island fishermen decks 12-pound flounder in Lockwood Folly River
18952 Views - Posted: September 24 at 8:12 am

David Derrick of Oak Island targets big flounder in the Lockwood Folly River, and in the fall, he only fishes a few spots – but he fishes them thoroughly. And on Sept. 21, that strategy paid off with a huge flatfish that tugged the scales down to 12 pounds and was 29 inches long and 25 inches in girth.


Bass pro Mike Lanier understands the importance of running the tide when he's fishing coastal rivers; inshore fishermen can also profit from understanding how the tide operates. Learn how to run the tide for better fishing success
825 Views - Posted: September 23 at 8:07 am

Fishermen often use the term “fish the tide,” but there is a little confusion to what it actually means. For some fishermen, it’s a call to fish all of a moving tide, probably in same location. But more often, it’s finding the stage of the tide you want to fish and fish the same stage throughout an area.


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