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Tidelines – September 13, 2018

While it’s fun to bond with fellow soccer dads on the sidelines while we watch our boys play hard in tournaments, it’s also fun...

Tidelines – Aug 30, 2018

After three tournaments into 2018, their third season of weighing in flounder and red drum for Fisherman’s Post inshore events, it...

Tournament Reports View all

Tournament Report – Cape Lookout Shootout

Tournament Report – Cape Lookout Shootout

After fishing the Cape Lookout Shootout KMT since its inception in 2014, and fishing 7-8 tournaments annually overall, it would be “the easiest fish we’ve ever caught” that secured Mark Yokely and his team Mater Head their first Shootout win and a $39,785 check. Mater Head, which is also comprised...

Tournament Report – Sneads Ferry Rotary Club KMT

Tournament Report – Sneads Ferry Rotary Club KMT

The Sneads Ferry Rotary Club KMT saw its 27th year in 2018, and it was once again a success despite the threat of a reschedule due to high winds. Tournament Director Renee Rhodes reported a lower turnout than usual (67 boats compared to the usual 100+ average), saying, “It was not a good fishing day.”...

Tournament Report – Southport Inshore Challenge

Tournament Report – Southport Inshore Challenge

“I suck at anchoring,” Ray Dixon laughed. He and Gary Price, who make up team Flounder Fix, won the 2018 Fisherman’s Post Southport Inshore Challenge (a one-day, two-flounder tournament) and almost $4,000 in prize money, so it turns out that anchoring isn’t that important. Persistence and adaptability,...

Tournament Report – Get Kids Reelin’

Tournament Report – Get Kids Reelin’

On August 8, 2018, the first annual “Get Kids Reelin’” event took place in Southport. Get Kids Reelin’ is a local 501C non-profit organization run by father-son duo James and Robert Capps, of Reelin’ Pelican Charters. They teamed up with the Brigade Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington to run...

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Releases View all

Releases – Sep 13, 2018

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise it on various fisheries issues. Two regional advisory committees—Northern and Southern—and three…

Releases – Aug 30, 2018

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program will begin construction this week on two estuarine artificial reefs. Later this month or in early September, the Artificial Reef Program plans to…

Releases – Aug 16, 2018

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board approved for public comment the Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate…

Releases – Aug 2, 2018

North Carolina will officially join a national effort that demonstrates the social, economic, and environmental importance of shellfish at a public event at the North Carolina State University Center for Marine…

Releases – July 19, 2018

Skippers with boats, gear, and bait are needed to take active duty troops fishing for the annual MAD event to be held in Southport on September 7-8, 2018. MAD is a 100% volunteer and donor funded event for troops…

Releases – July 5, 2018

Three advisory committees to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will hold separate meetings in July to discuss whether concerns with the striped mullet stock warrant management changes in the fishery. The committees’…

Product Reviews View all

Product Review – Sea Vixen Ghost Stand-Up Rods

Product Review – Sea Vixen Ghost Stand-Up Rods

With the increase in rod blank material and technology, each year brings a new inshore or jigging rod that is lighter yet stronger. While tackle manufacturers are consistently pushing the limits with this, the category of stand-up trolling rods seems...

Product Review – Shimano Curado DC

Product Review – Shimano Curado DC

We’ve all had a bad experience (or several) with a baitcasting-style reel. Despite the benefits of more accurate casting and better fish-fighting capabilities, many anglers are still quite hesitant to use a baitcaster in most situations. Even the most...

Guide Times View all

Guide Time – Neuse River Classroom

Guide Time – Neuse River Classroom

For most inshore anglers, the winter months mean one of two things—trout or striper—so once Capt. Gary Dubiel, of Spec Fever Guide Service, and I had confirmed a 7:00 am meeting at the Lawson’s Creek Boat Ramp for a half day of New Bern-area fishing,...

Guide Time – Blackfins By Any Means

Guide Time – Blackfins By Any Means

The plan was to catch blackfins by just about any means necessary, and since we were with Capt. Rick Croson, of Living Waters Guide Service out of Wrightsville Beach, we had a lot of options. We left the dock in the dark at 5:30 am, heading out under...

Guide Time – Sea Vixen Finds Her Mark

We were headed to the Gulf Stream out of Wrightsville Beach, and Rick’s 33’ custom center console was loaded with 263 gallons of diesel, 500 pounds of ice, thousands of dollars in Talica reels and Hanta rods, but yet we didn’t have a single ballyhoo,...

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Cricket II Project

Cricket II Project

The Cricket II – the boat that inspired the book and movie JAWS – has launched her 2015 fishing season in eastern North Carolina. This is the first full season the vessel will operate within her new mission: enriching the lives of veterans and wounded warriors with fishing adventures aboard the world famous Cricket II. […]

Onslow Bay Artificial Reef Association

Onslow Bay Artificial Reef Association

Born out of the Wrightsville Beach King Mackerel Tournament’s consistent support of local habitat enhancement, the Onslow Bay Artificial Reef Association took over the role of promoting man-made structure at the many reefs from Cape Lookout to Cape Fear in 2001. Made up of a longtime group of local anglers, the Association has worked to […]

Local Favor – Catch Modern Seafood

Local Favor – Catch Modern Seafood

The local flavor of Wilmington’s Catch Modern Seafood isn’t just limited to the enticing menu, as diners are greeted not only by friendly host staff when they walk in the door, but handsome marine-themed metalwork and coastal photography adorning the bar and dining area walls by local artists (like Matt Davis of Marine Copper Design). […]

The Best Month

The Best Month

I remember my dad used to tell his secretary to mark him off for the months of May and October. As far as he was concerned, those months were dedicated strictly to fishing, and as such, less important things like work would have to wait. May is the best month for Gulf Stream trolling off […]

Wash the Deck

Wash the Deck

Boat ownership means much more than signing paperwork and turning a key—boats need proper maintenance. Batteries, pumps, curtains, cushions, and more all require regular care, but one of the easiest yet most important steps in maintaining a boat is a proper washdown. Keeping your vessel washed and waxed will protect it from the toll that […]

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