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Capt. Noah Lynk said Spanish mackerel, bluefish and false albacore have been biting very aggressively just off the beach at Cape Lookout. Nearshore trolling just off Cape Lookout has been excellent
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Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island is pleasantly surprised with the excellent fishing around Cape Lookout; the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are supposed to be there this month, but the false albacore have arrived a little early. The puppy drum and speckled trout are in the surf, tarpon are still a little farther off the beach and king mackerel have moved in. Apparently, the fishing just outside the hook is off the hook.

As of Sept. 17, offshore bottom-fishermen will have to release several members of the porgy family like this knobbed porgy, as the recreational season closes. Feds will close recreational season on several porgy species on Sept. 17
495 Views - Posted: September 15 at 1:10 pm

Federal fisheries managers announced last Friday that the recreational season for a number of species in the popular porgy family will close on Sept. 17 and not reopen until Jan. 1, 2015.

Black sea bass regulations differ between waters north and south of Cape Hatteras, just one example of bottomfish regulations that are somewhat complex and often confusing. A plethora of piscatorial regulations
72 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Regulations for offshore bottomfish species are complex and include several closed seasons and several seasons that close when the annual allocation is caught.

Location, location, location Location, location, location
41 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Much like for a successful business, the key to productive offshore bottom-fishing is being in the right location. Once the preferred, rock, wreck or reef is found, the captain must anchor so the boat is positioned just right to get the baits down to the fish. Bottomfish are very specific to their chosen structure, and missing it by even a few feet will result in a lot of waiting rather than catching. When anchored correctly, bites should be felt almost immediately.

Fishermen can ride the tide upstream or downstream to fish areas at the proper stage for the best fishing. Fishing the tide
72 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Check any tide table and you will see the tide is not in the same stage everywhere at the same time. Substantial differences exist between locations, and a wise fisherman will use these differences to fish a preferred stage of the tide at several locations during a tide change.

Docks with plenty of pilings, cables, cleaning tables and shade will often hold more flounder than others. What’s up, dock?
60 Views - Posted: September 15 at 7:00 am

Many docks hold fish, and there are thousands of docks along the Intracoastal Waterway and the rivers and creeks that intersect it. Some hold more fish than others, but all have potential and deserve at least a look-see.

Capt. Mark Stacy releases a slot-sized red caught in the Ocean Isle area. Flounder, reds are biting up a storm around Brunswick County inlets
483 Views - Posted: September 11 at 12:16 pm

September weather can be cool one day and sweltering the next, but fortunately, that hasn’t been bothering the fishing, according to Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, who said redfish and flounder have really been biting.

Old Town’s Predator XL kayak won Best of Show honors at the recent ICAST. Paddle up a winner
160 Views - Posted: September 08 at 9:00 am

Something’s fishy when Christmas comes in July, and for many it is the annual ICAST (International Convention of the Allied Sportfishing Trades) show. ICAST 2014 was held in Orlando, Fla., and a spokesman for the American Sportfishing Association said it was the largest yet, both in attendance and the size of the show floor. It certainly was very impressive, with lots of new products, remakes of current products and spiffed up long-time favorites to be seen.

Matthew Kelly (right) caught this state-record skipjack tuna on Aug. 30, fishing out of Hatteras with his father, Patrick. Virginia teen breaks ancient North Carolina record with 32-pound skipjack tuna
918 Views - Posted: September 07 at 9:39 pm

Matthew Kelly, a 16-year-old from Chesapeake, Va. thinks every fishing trip with his father, Patrick, is special, but the one Labor Day Weekend was just a little more special. That’s when he reeled in a 32-pound skipjack tuna that is likely a North Carolina state record and potentially an All Tackle IFGA Youth World Record.

Big drum are flooding the Pamlico Sound and Pamlico River, and guide Richard Andrews said lots of speckled trout won't be far behind them. Big drum bite on in Pamlico River, Pamlico Sound; specks to follow?
922 Views - Posted: September 04 at 8:11 am

Capt. Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Washington said the Neuse River isn’t the only place in North Carolina that gets a lot of large red drum in the late summer. The fishing in the Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound has been great, and on Wednesday, he had two anglers on a charter who caught 13 of the big fish.

Bottomfish like this hefty red grouper are regular visitors to Capt. Butch Foster’s boat during September. You can bet your bottom dollar that offshore bottom-fishing will heat up as the weather cools in September
401 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

The Yeah Right swung into position on the anchor rope, and the screen on the fish finder lit up with a mound of fish just above the small ledge. Smiling, Capt. Butch Foster of Southport gave the command to start fishing. His son and mate, Chris Foster, had already passed out bottom-fishing outfits and put chunks of squid and fish on the hooks, and it was only a moment before baits headed for the bottom 100 feet below.

Guide Rick Patterson has the ticket for great fall flounder fishing around Swansboro: make a tour of docks and piers. Hook up to Swansboro’s flounder docking stations
559 Views - Posted: September 01 at 7:00 am

As he eased up to a dock on the Intracoastal Waterway a little south of Swansboro, Capt. Rick Patterson of Cape Carteret’s Cape Crusader Charters explained it was a special one, that he really expected it to be holding fish.