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Tidelines – April 25, 2019

Capt. Chadwick Crawford, of South End Anglers, treated Katelyn Millis (Media/Events Coordinator at Fisherman’s Post) and me to a...

Tidelines – April 11, 2019

Capt. Tripp Hooks, of Capt. Hook Outdoors in the Ocean Isle area, had me at “a recently-improved trout bite on the Little River jetties.”...

Tournament Reports View all

Tournament Reports –Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge

Tournament Reports –Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge

North Carolina surf fishing tournaments are full of strong competition, mostly from the veteran anglers who know the Carolina coasts’ sandbars and sloughs like the back of their sunburnt hands. It’s not uncommon to see the same names top the leaderboards year after year at any big surf fishing event,...

Tournament Reports –Mandie Phillips Memorial Fishing Tournament

The 3rd iteration of the Mandie Phillips Memorial Fishing Tournament was originally slated for September 22, 2018, but like so many coastal North Carolina events, it had to be postponed due to the arrival of Hurricane Florence. And though it was eventually rescheduled for April 20, 2019, the weather...

Tournament Reports – Cape Fear River Watch StriperFest

Tournament Reports – Cape Fear River Watch StriperFest

The health of the Cape Fear River fishery has been concerning to a lot of anglers over the years, and 2018’s Hurricane Florence certainly didn’t help things. “There’s no doubt,” says Capt. Jamie Rushing, “that the fishery took a hard hit during the storm. We lost a lot of fish.” Capt. Rushing...

Tournament Reports – 14th Annual Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

Tournament Reports – 14th Annual Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

The 14th annual Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament was held this year on January 26. The event gives pier anglers a chance to enjoy some healthy competition and win prizes during the pier’s off-season, when there’s typically not a lot going on. Al Baird, the event’s director, says that...

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Releases View all

Releases – April 25, 2019

The sportfishing industry expressed its support for a new bill in Congress to ensure the smaller fish in the ocean that serve as the food source for most marine sportfish, known as forage fish, will be sustainably…

Releases – April 11, 2019

A year-round recreational striped bass season closure went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019, in all waters of the Central Southern Management Area where a closure does not already exist. The Cape…

Releases – March 21, 2019

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted March 13 to overrule the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries and prohibit gill nets upstream of the ferry lines in two river systems. The commission passed a motion…

Releases – December 13, 2018

Fishermen, for-hire boat captains, and others associated with North Carolina’s marine fishery may get a phone call from federal or state authorities asking about impacts from Hurricane Florence. The National Marine…

Releases – November 15, 2018

The commercial harvest of Atlantic migratory group spanish mackerel northern zone in federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 4, 2018, and will re-open on March 1, 2019. The northern zone…

Releases – October 25, 2018

The Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will meet at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 30 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office,…

Product Reviews View all

Product Review- MX Poppin’ Cork

Product Review- MX Poppin’ Cork

The MX Poppin’ Cork is as much a piece of art as it is a tool to catch fish, and it doesn’t disappoint in either category. Developed about eight years ago by James Counts, of MX Plugs, this 1.5 oz., 3” lure is hand-made, and each one takes between...

Product Review- Calcutta Discover Sunglasses

Product Review- Calcutta Discover Sunglasses

Calcutta Discover Sunglasses   For over a decade, Calcutta has manufactured a line of affordable, polarized sunglasses designed for cost conscious anglers and outdoorsmen. With a quality product at a retail of $21-$29, Calcutta shades have not only...

Guide Times View all

Guide Time – A Fatback Fit For A King

Guide Time – A Fatback Fit For A King

Hatteras Island is a unique place to fish no matter the season or target species, but for me heading offshore in late November was especially exciting as it would be my first time targeting the well-known, late fall king mackerel fishery. The plan was...

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...

Articles View all

Articles – NWS Marine Weather Portal

What is your go to website to check the weather before going fishing or going to the beach? For the majority of people, there is more than one. The number of websites to view weather and sea state information is overwhelming. From NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) weather and marine pages to private company websites, […]

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 […]

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