|Big king mackerel wins Oak Island Pier Tournament
Yesterday at 2:25 pm
Monty Robinsonís 27-pound king mackerel won the May 18 Oak Island Open Pier Tournament on Oak Island and Ocean Crest Piers.
|Bill to pay for dredging with boat-registration fees passes Senate, but it's been gutted
May 19 at 9:11 pm
Senate Bill 58 to increase funding for dredging of coastal inlets, which crossed from the N.C. Senate to the N.C. House last week doesnít bear a lot of resemblance to the original bill sponsored by Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow). About the only things that havenít been changed are the billís number, its name and its intent.
|Are wind farms on the horizon for North Carolina coastline?
May 16 at 5:56 pm
Would it bother you to see windmills on the ocean horizon? Would it help if they were supplying your electricity needs and eliminating the need for coal-fired, natural gas or nuclear power plants? How about if there was a small artificial reef at the base of each turbine? Wind farms for the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast are being discussed, and one group of stakeholders heard about the plans at a meeting in Shallotte on May 14 with staff from the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.
|Fishermen in Carolinas will have longer black sea bass season this year.
May 15 at 8:53 pm
The upcoming black sea bass season will likely be at least twice as long as itís been in recent years, thanks to a May 13 decision by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
|Emily Post at the ramp?
May 15 at 9:00 am
During the boat and fishing shows over the winter, I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of readers, and one topic that I heard a lot about was proper behavior and manners at launching ramps. With Memorial Day weekend, the largest boating event of the spring, on the horizon, it might be a good idea to go over them.
|Bald Head Island is unique
May 15 at 7:00 am
Bald Head Island, often shown on older maps as Smith Island, is the only part of Brunswick County east of the Cape Fear River at its mouth. The island features a village with a year-round population of less than 200. It is also the southernmost point in Brunswick County and the only place in North Carolina where palm trees are native.
|Tying the loop knot
May 15 at 7:00 am
Capt. Rick Bennett ties a loop knot to secure his line to every lure or jighead he uses. He said the knot allows the lure to move in the most-natural way, and he believes it helps draw strikes. When tied properly, any of the several versions of the loop knot will not slip or cinch down on the eye of the hook or lure.
|Smith, Padrick win N.C. Spring Redfish Shootout
May 14 at 9:13 pm
Dwayne Smith and Lee Padrick won the N.C. Spring Redfish Shootout on May 11 out of Sneads Ferry with a pair of redfish that weighed 11.89 pounds.
|Hatteras offshore action turning on at opportune time
May 14 at 9:03 pm
The offshore fishing out of Hatteras has been consistently good all spring, and itís ramping up another notch heading into this weekís Hatteras Village Offshore Open tournament, with a variety of tuna, a growing number of dolphin, good wahoo and some hungry billfish in the baits lately.
|Offshore fishing excellent out of Atlantic Beach.
May 12 at 10:02 pm
The offshore fishing out of Atlantic Beach appears to be reaching one of those points when it is about as good as it gets, according to Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing.
|Chopper blues arrive on annual visit to Cape Lookout area
May 06 at 8:27 am
Chopper bluefish have moved into the hook and drain at Cape Lookout, and the toothy critters are worthy and dependable adversaries. Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said the big bluefish, which run from six to 12 pounds, are very thin after the winter and are feeding constantly to bulk up.
|Black sea bass restrictions may be lessened this summer.
May 02 at 11:48 pm
Fishermen who have lamented tight restrictions on black sea bass off the Carolinas may get some relief. The South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council said the most-recent stock status survey was good enough to consider raising recreational quotas for the popular bottomfish, and it is asking fishermen to comment electronically or by mail before a special conference on May 13.
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