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Tidelines – November 15, 2018

It’s been easy this fall to catch a trout, but not so easy to catch a big trout. Still, the prospect of an afternoon trip predictably...

Tidelines – October 25, 2018

Topsail needs some help, was the basic pitch from Capt. Mike Oppegaard of Native Son Guide Service, so he suggested we do an article...

Tournament Reports View all

Tournament Reports – Jacksonville Trout Tournament

Every year, the Jacksonville Speckled Trout tournament gives anglers a chance to celebrate the start of trout season in a big way. Unlike a lot of other trout tournaments, this event allows anglers to limit out on legal fish and bring up to four specks per person to the scales, with both live and artificial...

Tournament Reports – Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge

Tournament Reports – Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Fishing Challenge

The Fisherman’s Post phone was ringing off the hook in the month leading up to the 2018 Topsail Fall Surf & Pier Challenge. Hurricane Florence had really changed the landscape of the Topsail beachfront and its piers, and anglers were worried they weren’t going to get a chance to fish one of their...

Tournament Report – Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge

The 2018 Fisherman’s Post Carolina Beach Inshore Challenge marked the fifth and final leg of the 2018 Inshore Tournament Trail, and due to a schedule change in the wake of Hurricane Florence, only 37 teams were able to to take one final shot at catching the biggest flounder and/or red drum in the area....

Tournament Report – Inshore Trail Championship

Tournament Report – Inshore Trail Championship

Not a lot of anglers can say they’ve won a fishing tournament, and even fewer can say they’ve won two. But how many can say they’ve won two, back-to-back, in two days? Brothers Sam and Mark Daughtry, of Team Parker, certainly can. After winning the red drum division and placing third in the flounder...

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Releases View all

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 – Sep 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 – Aug 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…

Releases – Aug 16, 2018

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board approved for public comment the Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate…

Releases – Aug 2, 2018

North Carolina will officially join a national effort that demonstrates the social, economic, and environmental importance of shellfish at a public event at the North Carolina State University Center for Marine…

Releases – July 19, 2018

Skippers with boats, gear, and bait are needed to take active duty troops fishing for the annual MAD event to be held in Southport on September 7-8, 2018. MAD is a 100% volunteer and donor funded event for troops…

Product Reviews View all

Product Reviews – Swimbaits for Larger Trout

When it comes to fall speckled trout fishing in the Carolinas, we always seem to find the same few tried and true offerings hanging from our rod tips. Disregarding hot color patterns that change from season to season, MirrOlures, D.O.A. shrimp, X-Raps,...

Product Review – Sea Vixen Ghost Stand-Up Rods

Product Review – Sea Vixen Ghost Stand-Up Rods

With the increase in rod blank material and technology, each year brings a new inshore or jigging rod that is lighter yet stronger. While tackle manufacturers are consistently pushing the limits with this, the category of stand-up trolling rods seems...

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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

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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