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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
396 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
64 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.   


Areas along the Neuse and Trent rivers where water classifications change are marked with signs on bridges and other  structures. Coastal, joint and inland waters
73 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

North Carolina has three designations of fishing waters: Coastal Waters that are generally saltwater, Joint Waters that are generally brackish, and Inland Waters are generally considered freshwater. But in extended periods of excessive rainfall or drought, these waters change, and fish don’t pay attention to the signs posted at the boundaries.


False albacore like this one and Atlantic bonito have both invaded the waters off Cape Lookout this week, according to Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island. False albacore, Atlantic bonito make spring's first showing off Cape Lookout
425 Views - Posted: April 10 at 12:55 pm

The first false albacore and Atlantic bonito of the spring have arrived in the waters off Cape Lookout, and they're attacking small lures and jigs and making reel-screaming runs on light spinning tackle. Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the action is intense once a school of the small members of the tuna family are located.  


Redfish are still schooled up and beginning to bite better in the marshes of lower Brunswick County, hitting mud minnows on light jigheads and soft-plastic shrimp. Redfish action warming up in lower Brunswick County marshes
695 Views - Posted: April 02 at 9:25 am

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters in Ocean Isle said redfish in his area have been biting pretty regularly and trout fishing is beginning to improve as the weather begins to moderate.


Passage through the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet has been closed by the U.S. Coast Guard because of shoaling. U.S. Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet passage because of shoaling
1175 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:22 am

Oregon Inlet, North Carolina’s northernmost inlet and an important route to the ocean for commercial and recreational fishing boats, was closed to most boat traffic on March 28 due to excessive shoaling in the channel under and seaward of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.


Even when it’s perfectly stuck in the corner of a fish’s mouth, a circle hook can be tough to dislodge without injuring the fish. An unbroken circle?
509 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

I’m not a big fan of circle hooks. There, I said it, and those who believe circle hooks are the do-all, end-all for fishing can begin throwing stones. Still, I’ll stand by my statement. I believe in conservation and protecting our fishing resources, but I just don’t see using circle hooks in every situation as the absolute best way to do it.


April is a breakout month for speckled trout in the Neuse River and its tributaries around New Bern. The Neuse River around New Bern is trout central as spring arrives along North Carolina’s coast
79 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

Capt. Joe Ward of Pollocksville has a special relationship with the Neuse River and the creeks that flow into it. He has been fishing the area since childhood, and during a long career in civil service at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, he often towed his boat to work to get in a few hours of fishing in the afternoon. He knows most of the holes and flats in the creeks around Cherry Point and has a good understanding of when fish should be in what areas.


Fishermen are catching plenty of keeper striped bass and an occasional largemouth in the lower section of the Roanoke River. Good numbers of stripers still biting in lower section of Roanoke River
916 Views - Posted: March 26 at 12:57 pm

Joey VanDyke of Fingeance Sportfishing Charters said the striper action is really good in the lower Roanoke Rive, and it continues to get better. VanDyke has been fishing from Jamesville downriver to the edge of Albemarle Sound and is finding good numbers of fish in many locations. He said the stripers are staging in deeper holes along the river as they work their way upstream to spawn. They rest and feed for a few days and, as the river rises, head upstream again.


Redfish are only one of a handful of species biting for Capt. Rennie Clark in the lower Cape Fear River. Runoff has mixed bag of freshwater, saltwater fish biting in lower Cape Fear River
951 Views - Posted: March 20 at 7:00 am

A deluge of runoff has made the Cape Fear River a smorgasbord for inshore fishermen, with Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach having a recent catch of red drum, stripers, a keeper flounder and a largemouth bass near Snow’s Cut.


Boats out of Hatteras have been running into bluefin tuna north of Diamond Shoals. Tuna of all kinds showing up on nice days off Hatteras
1038 Views - Posted: March 16 at 8:45 am

Capt. Steve "Creature" Coulter of Sea Creature Sportfishing in Hatteras said offshore fishing is showing signs of promise and appears to be shaping up for a good spring, with good catches on days when the wind and weather allows trips, including a decent showing of bluefin tuna.


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129 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Manufacturers are doing some impressive things with aluminum, and the new RT188 Ranger is an excellent example.


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