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Headed offshore? Be prepared

Someone once compared heading offshore without proper safety equipment to skydiving without a parachute. If you need the equipment and don’t have it, or it doesn’t work, the odds are good you’ll never need it again. That’s a strong statement, but very appropriate. Help isn’t always nearby in the Gulf Stream, and if no one knows you’re there, if you can’t contact anyone, help isn’t coming.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Bridled planer rig is a must for small boats

Most offshore fishermen consider having at least one planer line in their trolling spread. Fish are usually in the upper part of the water column, but they aren’t always feeding at the surface. A planer is the way to get a bait down into the zone where fish may be feeding.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Add flounder to pasta

Welcome to summer. Yep, that’s right. The days are long, and the temperatures are already rising, even though summer doesn’t officially arrive until June 21. The weather isn’t the only thing that’s heating up; so is fishing, and one of the coastal favorites is flounder. This month’s recipe uses flounder in a pasta salad that can be eaten while still warm or chilled to help take the edge off the day.

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June 08 at 8:00 am
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102-pound wahoo caught out of Atlantic Beach

Ray Myers of Jacksonville, N.C., and his father, Jim, headed offshore from Atlantic Beach, N.C., early on June 1, hoping to catch some dolphin. They were doing just that — and having a good time — when a fish hit and one of their reels began to scream. They immediately assumed it was something other than a dolphin, and when it didn’t jump, they hoped it was a big wahoo and not a billfish.

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June 07 at 9:57 pm
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Small boats! Big water? How to fish big Carolinas water in a small boat

The allure of offshore fishing is strong. Those big fish look fun to catch and are definitely good to eat. Every year more fishermen make the decision to try their luck in the deep, azure blue waters of the Gulf Stream. 

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Oak Island Pier: MIA

The Oak Island Pier, one of two piers on North Carolina’s Oak Island, was closed in mid-March because of damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Speckled trout: the people’s favorite

Spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus — aka speckled trout or specks — are found in the surf from Hilton Head, S.C. to Corolla, N.C., and beyond. They gather in schools and feed on shrimp, minnows, smaller fish and crabs on the bottom and suspended in the water column. Anglers Luke Horn and Allen Lakey believe specks can be voracious when they are feeding, and once excited, will hit a variety of baits and lures.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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NC forced to back off from mandatory cobia reporting

A legal question has caused the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to change part of its new cobia regulations, removing the mandatory reporting of recreational cobia landings and replacing it with a request that anglers report their catches.

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May 13 at 12:13 pm
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