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Tidelines – November 16, 2017

I’ve written before of the simple beauty and reward of drifting a live shrimp under a bobber, and once again it was Capt. Kyle Hughes,...

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Tournament – Topsail Fall Surf and Pier Fishing Challenge

Tournament – Topsail Fall Surf and Pier Fishing Challenge

The Topsail Fall Surf and Pier Fishing Challenge was once again successful thanks to a strong number of anglers storming the beaches and piers of Topsail Island on the weekend of November 3-5 for 36 hours of competition to find the biggest fish in eight categories and two TWTs. The surf anglers and pier...

Tournament Report – Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge

Tournament Report – Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge

The morning of October 14, 2017, may have been overcast, but spirits were high as the Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge (CBIC) kicked off in a return to its popular one-day format. The tournament was held out of the Inlet Watch Marina at Carolina Beach, and the rules were simple—find the biggest flounder...

Tournament Report – Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge

Tournament Report – Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge

The 2017 Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge was a massive success, with a record 592 anglers coming together to compete for the biggest single fish in six different divisions and one TWT. The tournament started at midnight on October 21 and lasted 36 hours until noon on the 22, when the battle-worn...

Tournament Report – Bay Creek Classic

Tournament Report – Bay Creek Classic

Despite strong winds and less-than-ideal fishing conditions, the 2017 Bay Creek Classic was once again a rousing success. The event attracted 67 boats (a tournament high) that headed out in the early morning hours of September 30 to find the biggest flounder (primary), as well as toadfish and live trout...

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Releases – November 16, 2017

The Mandie Phillips Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education at Appalachian…

Releases – October 26, 2017

The 39th annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament was held October 5-7 at the Southport Marina. It attracted 471 boats with over 1,400 anglers competing for more than $272,000 in cash and prizes. Top honors for…

Releases – October 12, 2017

Anglers who fish in Brunswick County waters will find improvements at one of the offshore fishing sites this fall. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program, in partnership with the Long Bay…

Releases – September 28, 2017

New oyster harvest regulations going into effect this year lower the daily commercial trip limit for Shellfish License holders. Harvest of oysters by hand methods from public water bottom will open at sunrise Oct.…

Releases – September 14, 2017

There will be a free Trout Surf Fishing seminar with Dr. Bogus on Monday, October 2, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center, 7500 Emerald Drive. Learn about surf fishing…

Releases – August 31, 2017

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission wants to adopt temporary management measures for estuarine striped bass in most of the central and southern coastal areas of the state. Last week, the commission voted to ask…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

  Reactor Watches Built for the active lifestyle, the Reactor watch line (available at Perry’s Emporium in Wilmington) is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want a fashionable, great looking watch that performs. Each model in the Reactor line...

Product Review – Costa Whitetip and Blackfin

Product Review – Costa Whitetip and Blackfin

Costa Sunglasses has released two new products for the 2017 season. The Whitetip, named after the fearless and curious shark with migratory habits that take it to warm tropic waters, are designed to be the perfect medium-sized glasses for the flats. The...

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Guide Time – Sea Vixen Finds Her Mark

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,...

Guide Time: King of Topwater

Guide Time: King of Topwater

Topwater strikes can be addictive, but addictive in that good way. Many anglers that focus on topwaters will tell you that they’d rather catch one fish on a topwater than a dozen fish any other way. It’s that shared love of the topwater bite that...

Guide Time – A Burst of White

Guide Time – A Burst of White

“Right..Now, hahahaha,” snarled Jonny Rotten’s voice from the speakers behind me as the opening chorus of “Anarchy in the UK” got underway. The white marlin separated from me by 75 yards of chartreuse monofilament was evidently a Sex Pistols...

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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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