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Tidelines – March 21, 2019

Striper closures are making news so far in 2019, but on the lower Roanoke River, thanks to Capt. Mitchell Blake of FishIBX Charters,...

Tidelines – December 13, 2018

We were standing on the dock behind the Assembly Building, and since the winter issue was a few quick days away from going to print,...

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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...

Tournament Reports – 2018 Kingfish Cup Championship

Tournament Reports – 2018 Kingfish Cup Championship

The 2018 Kingfish Cup Championship marked the end of the annual six-month, five-tournament series that pits some of the best king mackerel anglers in North Carolina against each other for the $500,000+ of prize money that is given away over the course of the season. A total of 31 teams qualified for...

Tournament Reports – 2018 Mercury SKA National Championship

Tournament Reports – 2018 Mercury SKA National Championship

The 2018 Mercury Southern Kingfish Association National Championship was held from November 8-11 and offered 250 teams in three different divisions two days to find the two biggest king mackerel in the waters outside of Morehead City. The last time the SKA held its National Championship in Morehead was...

Tournament Reports – Cy’s World Rodeo

Tournament Reports – Cy’s World Rodeo

Every angler who has fished the Cy’s World Rodeo, now in its eighth year, knows that Bone Crusher is the team to beat, and Brandon Sauls and Clay Morphis have once again taken first place in the two-fish tournament, which in 2018 was held on November 24 out of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. While […]

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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,…

Releases – September 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 – August 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…

Product Reviews View all

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...

Product Review- Iland’s Improved Sea Witch

Product Review- Iland’s Improved Sea Witch

Iland’s Improved Sea Witch   Throughout every offshore rigging bucket in the Carolinas, you will be hard pressed to find one without ballyhoo rigs adorned with sea witches (more specifically, a blue/crystal one). The sea witch/ballyhoo combo has...

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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...

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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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