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Doubleheader Spanish on a mackerel tree rig is not an unsual sight in the fall in the waters off Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Mining fall mackerel - Find the right depth to troll your spoons and you’ll harvest more Spanish mackerel in the waters off Carolina Beach
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Once he cleared the sandbars outside Carolina Beach Inlet, Rennie Clark turned his boat to the south, and with the rising sun over his shoulder, he began rolling over the small swells headed down the beach towards Fort Fisher, smiling and talking but keeping watch for bait, birds or other signs of fish on the surface and his fish finder.


Plenty of slot-sized reds have been hitting live and artificial baits in the waters around Southport. Bait influx has caused late-summer inshore surge around Southport
429 Views - Posted: August 28 at 9:44 am

The calendar says it’s August, with fall a month away, but Jimmy Price at Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said fish are already acting like it’s fall.


The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission had a vote taken out of its hands on southern flounder management by state legislators and the secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources last week. Legislators, DENR chief sidetrack Marine Fisheries Commission
3467 Views - Posted: August 25 at 4:30 pm

Donald R. van der Vaart, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, caved in to the demands of a coalition of 13 legislators and scuttled a scheduled vote on needed reform in North Carolina’s flounder fishery last week when he directed the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to postpone the vote.


Derrick Snow's 50.3-pound king mackerel was decked the day after he hooked it from the end of Johnnie Mercer's Pier. Two kings make great escapes, but just temporarily
1782 Views - Posted: August 24 at 8:17 am

Plenty of fish stories are about the big one that got away, but there aren’t too many about the big one that got away and was still caught. But a couple of fishermen at opposite ends of North Carolina’s coast got lucky on Aug. 14 when trophy sized king mackerel pulled escape acts and were still landed – even though it took a while.


Big Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been crashing bait around Cape Lookout Shoals. Spanish mackerel, bluefish have been crashing baits on Cape Lookout shoals
829 Views - Posted: August 20 at 8:04 am

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said schools of hungry 3- to 5-pound bluefish and 2- to 4-pound Spanish mackerel are all over the Cape Lookout shoals, ready to pounce on any lure that swims past.


Black drum of all sizes are suckers for live shrimp or pieces of fresh-cut shrimp. Black drum bite remains great in waters around Ocean Isle
766 Views - Posted: August 14 at 10:31 am

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters said much of the fishing in the creeks and marshes of lower Brunswick County has been unpredictable this summer, but the black drum bite has been freakishly consistent. 


John Alden Knight’s Solunar Tables provide predictions for when game and fish will be most active based on moon phases. Get your moon table on
185 Views - Posted: August 06 at 9:00 am

Would you like to better understand fish and their feeding habits? Maybe even get a leg up on your buddies so you tear them up the next time you go fishing together? 


A suit brought by two North Carolina commercial fishing groups over sea turtles has been dismissed by a federal judge. Commercials' suit over sea turtles dismissed by federal judge
1194 Views - Posted: August 06 at 8:37 am

Judge James C. Dever has dismissed a lawsuit by the N.C. Fisheries Association (NCFA) and Carteret County Fisherman's Association (CCFA) to challenge how gill-net fishing is regulated in areas where sea turtles are present.


North Carolina's first-ever tarpon landed on a fly rod was taken in the lower Cape Fear River last weekend. North Carolina's first-ever tarpon on fly is landed in lower Cape Fear River
5733 Views - Posted: August 05 at 10:46 am

This past Saturday, Aug. 1, a fisherman caught and released what is being heralded as the first tarpon confirmed to have been caught on fly-fishing tackle in North Carolina waters. Bill Rustin, who splits time between Raleigh and Southport, teamed with Capt. John Huff of Circle H Charters in Wrightsville Beach to subdue a tarpon in the lower Cape Fear River they estimated at 125 pounds.


Guide Rick Bennett said flounder are becoming the No. 1 inshore catch for many fishermen in the Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach areas. Flounder numbers, sizes on the increase in Wrightsville, Carolina Beach areas
1305 Views - Posted: August 03 at 7:55 am

Flounder have slowly but surely made their way to the top of the mixed bag of fish caught in the summer heat around Wrightsville Beach and Carolina  Beach, according to Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Guide Service, with numbers of fish increasing and fish getting bigger.


Jimmy Price is recognized as one of the top flounder fishermen along the North Carolina coast, and as this photo shows, for good reason. Dr. Flounder’s Rx - Read this flounder-fishing Q&A with North Carolina’s master flounder expert
311 Views - Posted: August 01 at 7:00 am

Fishermen flock to Capt. Jimmy Price of Southport for advice on catching flounder. He does seminars across the southeast during the offseason, and most are full of anglers willing to travel to learn his methods and laugh at his tales. 


Redfish and speckled trout have been patrolling shallow shelves along the banks of the New River, often busting topwater lures. Reds, specks hitting a variety of baits in Sneads Ferry area
946 Views - Posted: July 23 at 12:20 pm

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said the fishing in the New River and Intracoastal Waterway around Sneads Ferry isn't as hot as the steamy weather, but it's pretty good and at times really good, with speckled trout and redfish feeding and often hitting topwater baits.


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