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Tidelines – September 12, 2019

The plan with Capt. Luke Moser, of Coastline Charters out of the Wrightsville and Carolina Beach areas, was to get in one last day...

Tidelines – August 29, 2019

The vote has come in, and flounder is anticipated to be closed by proclamation around September 4. The history of North Carolina fisheries...

Tournament Reports View all

Tournament Reports – Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament

Tournament Reports – Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament

The 36th annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament took place August 13-17. More than $700,00 in cash prizes was on the line for the 71 boats fishing the waters off of Oregon Inlet. Over the course of four days of fishing, 28 sizeable billfish were brought to the scales, while 124 fish were caught and...

Tournament Reports – Sneads Ferry KMT

Tournament Reports – Sneads Ferry KMT

The 28th annual Sneads Ferry King Mackerel Tournament, sponsored by the Sneads Ferry Rotary Club, took place August 16-17 this year at New River Marina. With over $40,000 in cash prizes to award, the event is recognized as one of the best king mackerel tournaments in the Carolinas and is a Southern Kingfish...

Tournament Reports – Southport Inshore Challenge

Tournament Reports – Southport Inshore Challenge

Gloomy skies and a promise of rain proved to be no problem for anglers at this year’s Southport Inshore Challenge. Based out of Southport Marina, the event took place August 23-24, and due presumably to the unfavorable forecast (as well as confusion over whether or not flounder would be closed over...

Tournament Reports – Hook and Bones Redfish Open

Tournament Reports – Hook and Bones Redfish Open

The 2019 Hook and Bones Redfish Open was hosted August 10-11 out of the Swansboro city docks, and the event attracted 30 teams in the eighth year of the event. Tough August conditions made the waters a little rough for this year’s anglers, but still 18 teams brought fish to the scales. The first place...

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Releases View all

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…

Releases- August 15, 2019

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 21-23 at the Doubletree by Hilton University Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Aug. 21, at 9:00 a.m. on Aug. 22,…

Releases- August 1, 2019

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is continuing efforts to make its annual stock overview both easier to navigate and more informative for the public. In this year’s overview, the division no longer includes…

Releases- July 18, 2019

Fish tagging programs have become an important tool in the management and assessment of fish populations. When conducted properly, tagging can provide a wealth of information about movement patterns, habitats, and…

Releases- July 4, 2019

If you enjoy fishing for deep water species like snapper and grouper, then you are surely aware of a condition known as barotrauma. Barotrauma is caused by the expanding of gases in fish that dwell in deeper waters…

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...

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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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