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Tidelines – December 14, 2017

Though Capt. Thomas Wood, of Dancin’ Outlaw Charters out of the Morehead City waterfront, would rather this Tidelines focus on the...

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Tournament – Kingfish Cup

Tournament – Kingfish Cup

Despite the fact that the weather didn’t initially want to cooperate, the inaugural Kingfish Cup Championship, held out of Ocracoke on November 12, ended up being a massive success. Tournament founder Brant McMullan had to delay the start of the tournament and change its format after a nasty cold front...

Tournament – Swansboro Century Club

Tournament – Swansboro Century Club

The 26th annual Swansboro Century Club Friendly City Speckled Trout Tournament was held out of Casper’s Marina in November. After a traditional pig pickin’ the night before the tournament, 27 boats headed out on a chilly Saturday morning to compete in both a flounder and trout division. The flounder...

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...

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Releases – December 14, 2017

North Carolina will put forward a three-year plan for recreational vessel limits for cobia that does not include a closed season. The Marine Fisheries Commission voted last week to propose management measures for…

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…

Product Reviews View all

Fenwick HMG Rods

Fenwick HMG Rods

Fenwick has always been one of the most reputable brands of rod makers, and their HMG series has been a staple in both freshwater and saltwater markets over the past decade. While their last series of HMGs were met with fair disappointment due to component...

Penn International VI Reels

Penn International VI Reels

Long considered the industry standard in regards to offshore trolling reels, the Penn International Gold series for years has been, as the name suggests, the “gold standard” in offshore fishing tackle. While bulletproof, the old, heavy standards have...

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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...

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,...

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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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