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Tidelines – June 23, 2016

Gary Hurley with grays and Adam Meyer with a speck and a flounder. They were fishing jigheads and soft plastics near Shark Shoal with Capt. Joey VanDyke of Outer Banks Fishing Charters.

The wife and kids head to a NC lake house every June with other moms and kids, and that tradition has given birth to one of my own—heading...

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Tournament Report – 14th annual Carousel Center’s Flounder Tournament

Tournament Report – 14th annual Carousel Center’s Flounder Tournament

Chris Hanson, of Wilmington, took home top prize this past weekend in the 14th annual Carousel Center’s Flounder Tournament. This is the third year that Hanson has taken the prize, winning the event in 2013 and 2014. Conditions on the day of the event were rough, with high winds keeping most anglers...

Tournament Report – Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Tournament Report – Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

The “Ashley Lauren” fishing team completed an improbable double victory Saturday, winning the 58th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament just eight days after capturing the 19th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler (KWLA) tournament, a single-day event that kicked off the larger six-day competition. Just...

Tournament Report: Carolina Redfish Series Event #1

Tournament Report: Carolina Redfish Series Event #1

Bringing a pair of reds to the scales at Saturday’s weigh-in that totaled 12.58 lbs., Capt. Johnathan Garrett and Capt. Matthew Littleton–Team “OnPoint Fishing”–won Event #1 in the 2016 Carolina Redfish Series, held out of Atlantic Beach’s Chasin’ Tails Outdoors on June 4. Going into the...

Tournament Report – 2016 OIIC

Tournament Report – 2016 OIIC

Topping the scales in the red drum division at 7.33 lbs. and adding a 3.88 lb. flounder to clinch the aggregate prize, Team “Pork Chop” with Clay Morphis and Brandon Sauls took home the big prize money in the 4th annual Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge. Keith Gurganus and Bill Seddinger, of Team “Heather...

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Releases View all

Releases – June 23, 2016

The House version of the 2016-17 biennial budget contains funds for marine fisheries law enforcement and oyster restoration. Funds for oyster restoration specifically include the following items: $1.5 million in…

Releases – June 9, 2016

Commercial and recreational saltwater fishing in the United States generated more than $214 billion in sales and supported 1.83 million jobs in 2014, according to a new economic report released by NOAA Fisheries…

Releases – May 26, 2016

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has issued a proclamation consistent with the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission’s decision to impose restrictions on the recreational cobia fishery. The commission…

Releases – May 12, 2016

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will memorialize former Artificial Reef Coordinator Jim Francesconi by sinking two ships in his honor. Francesconi, who began working for the division in 1987, headed the Artificial…

Releases – April 28, 2016

Revenues from the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License will pay $1.7 million in the coming year for projects that provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research. The N.C. Marine Fisheries…

Releases – April 14, 2016

The next meeting of the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NC will be taking place on April 19, 2016. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and take place at The Ironclad Brewery, 115 N. 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401.…

Product Reviews View all

Product Review – Smith Docksides

Product Review – Smith Docksides

Smith Docksides’ design is optimized to virtually eliminate distracting glare both in front and behind the lens. Crafted in Italy, the large eye wire and wide temples maximize coverage and eliminate side glare, while spring hinges act to provide a perfect...

Product Review: Engel Live Bait Cooler

Product Review: Engel Live Bait Cooler

Engel’s Live Bait Cooler will keep your mullet minnows, shrimp, or other live bait ready for showtime, thanks to the powerful 2X2 air pump and insulated cooler box. The 2-speed air pump keeps the water fully aerated, and the insulated cooler shields...

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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...

Guide Time – Breaking out the Options

Guide Time – Breaking out the Options

There are any number of reasons to take your fall flounder fishing out in the ocean, but on our day with Capt. Justin Ragsdale of Breakday Charters out of Atlantic Beach, the recent heavy rains of Hurricane Joaquin were reason alone to head out Beaufort...

Guide Time – Stripes on Ice

Guide Time – Stripes on Ice

Striped, svelte, speedy, and stellar on the table (raw, cooked, and all points in between), what angler doesn’t love the wahoo? North Carolina boasts perhaps the most enviable wahoo fishery north of the Caribbean, and blue water anglers in the state...

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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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