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Tidelines – April 12, 2018

The early springtime bite just off the beach is now steadily improving with the warming water temperatures and migration of bait closer...

Tidelines – March 22, 2018

When your charter business model relies heavily on helping anglers fill a cooler with a limit of speckled trout, then a trout closure...

Tournament Reports View all

Tournament – Chasin’ Tails Speckled Trout Challenge

January 2018 marked the end of the 10th annual Speckled Trout Challenge (hosted by Chasin’ Tails Outdoors Bait & Tackle), which was a five month long competition that challenged anglers in the Atlantic Beach area to find and catch the biggest speckled trout in North Carolina. The only rules were...

Tournament – StriperFest 2018

Tournament – StriperFest 2018

When it comes to the restoration and preservation of the Cape Fear River fishery, few organizations have done as much as the Cape Fear River Watch. The non-profit hosts an annual StriperFest fundraiser, which took place this year on January 12-13. The event includes a silent auction, banquet, boat trips,...

Tournament – Winter Dogfish

Tournament – Winter Dogfish

There are only two pier dogfish tournaments run in North Carolina, which means that both of them are filled to the brim with the best dogfish anglers from all over the state and are guaranteed to provide fierce competition. While the tournaments are held at two different piers at different points in...

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...

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Releases View all

Releases – April 12, 2018

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record bluefin tuna. Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, DE, reeled in the 877-pound fish on March 17 after fighting with the fish for…

Releases – March 22, 2018

Anglers who fish on artificial reefs and oyster sanctuaries in the rivers and sounds will notice some changes to the buoys this spring. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program and Oyster…

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…

Product Reviews View all

Morada Cast Nets

Morada Cast Nets

Betts cast nets have been a local favorite due to their durability and fair pricing.  (It also doesn’t hurt that Mr. Betts himself resides in North Carolina and is one of the nicest men you could meet…)  The most common complaint of tournament live...

Pole Daddy

Pole Daddy

When you’re standing on your feet all day and fishing, you need to have as much strain taken off of you as possible in order to maximize comfort and make the most of your angling experience. Sometimes, having a place to rest the butt of your pole is...

Guide Times View all

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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