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Tidelines- November 14, 2019

Capt. Dave Gardner and the head boat Vonda Kay now have a new home at the Carolina Beach docks, recently moving from the Motts Channel...

Tidelines – October 24, 2019

If Plan A doesn’t work out, you want a captain that has a Plan B. Then if Plan B doesn’t work out, you really want a captain with...

Tournament Reports View all

Tournament Reports- Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Challenge

Tournament Reports- Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Challenge

The Fisherman’s Post Topsail Island Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge was a huge success this year, with 207 total anglers fishing in the event. This yearly event showcases Topsail’s many miles of beachfront and three iconic fishing piers, a perfect setting for both pier and surf anglers. With two...

Tournament Reports- Inshore Slam Tournament

Tournament Reports- Inshore Slam Tournament

Presented by Captain Smiley and Cricket Cove Marina, in Little River, SC, was the 3rd annual Inshore Slam Tournament. With one day to fish and a weigh-in deadline of 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, a total of 37 boats raced to find the biggest speckled trout and red drum. Perfect November weather...

Tournament Reports – NCBBA Red Drum Tournament

Tournament Reports – NCBBA Red Drum Tournament

The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) held their 11th annual Red Drum Tournament in Hatteras Island, NC, on October 23-26. Frank and Fran’s Tackle Shop played host again this year, nestled between beach ramps 23 and 44, the extents of the tournament’s open fishing area. A record number...

Tournament Reports – Fall Brawl King Classic

Tournament Reports – Fall Brawl King Classic

There were 204 boats churning the waters off of Ocean Isle Beach the weekend of October 25-27 in Captain Brant’s 2019 Fall Brawl King Classic. Being a captain’s choice tournament, teams could choose to fish on one of two open fishing days. The majority of the boats (183 teams) chose to fish on Saturday,...

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Releases View all

Releases- November 14, 2019

After their popular introductory fisheries science course, North Carolina Sea Grant’s fisheries extension specialists Scott Baker and Sara Mirabilio are launching a companion class that provides an overview of…

Releases- October 24, 2019

Implementation of the management strategies adopted in Amendment 2 was deemed critical to successful rebuilding of the southern flounder stock. To ensure that harvest reductions are not delayed while more comprehensive…

Releases- October 10, 2019

The Division of Marine Fisheries has heard from many fishermen with questions about the management measures adopted in the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2. Here are the answers to those most…

Releases- September 26, 2019

Operation North State (ONS) and its numerous and generous supporters and volunteers are calling on North Carolina’s people, places, products, and pride (especially in the Oak Island/Southport community) to help…

Releases- September 12, 2019

The recreational and commercial southern flounder seasons closed Sept. 4 in North Carolina waters. The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission made the decision at its meeting, adopting the Southern Flounder Fishery Management…

Releases- August 29, 2019

Commercial harvest of spanish mackerel will close at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in state and federal waters. The fishery is closing because the regional commercial quota has been met. The National Marine Fisheries…

Product Reviews View all

Product Review- Shimano Stradic FL

Product Review- Shimano Stradic FL

Shimano Stradic FL   For over a decade, the Shimano Stradic has been the benchmark as a higher end yet affordable spinning reel in both freshwater and saltwater markets. Taking a machined aluminum frame and rotor coupled with high quality bearings...

Product Review- TACO Carbon Fiber and Deluxe Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles

Product Review- TACO Carbon Fiber and Deluxe Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles

Sport fishing leader TACO Marine is enhancing fishing with its Carbon Fiber and Deluxe Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles. The Carbon Fiber Tele-Outriggers debuted in 2016 and won an Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show that same year. Stronger...

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- CFCC Marine Tech

Articles- CFCC Marine Tech

Anyone who has spent time fishing recreationally or commercially knows the alphabet soup of regulations that the average fisherman faces. The intent of these rules is to preserve the fishery, sometimes known as the natural resource, for the enjoyment of future generations. Contrary to popular belief, these sometimes ‘onerous’ regulations are not...

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). […]

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