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Team Tide Line - 2018 US Open King Mackerel Tournament Winners
Their fish wasn't as large as it usually takes to win the prestigious US Open King Mackerel Tournament, held October 4-6 from Southport Marina in Southport, but that's OK with Capt. Dieter Cardwell, Mike Lundy, Kevin Alley, Alex Ferm and Ole Ferm of Team Tide Line.  It was large enough at 37.20 pounds to collect a prize payout that...
Some fish have teeth, really sharp teeth, and they can make short work of mono or fluoro leaders. You might land some occasionally, but, for the most part, catching these fish consistently requires wire leaders. There are a couple of exceptions, most notably trolling spoons for king and Spanish mackerel, but landing success for toothy critters rises significantly when a wire...
The Artificial Reef Program run by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is usually busy. While there are several local artificial reef association groups along the N.C. Coast, every N.C. artificial reef project must be coordinated through the DMF Artificial Reef Program. One of the current points of emphasis is estuarine reefs, especially oyster sanctuaries. These projects don't just add...
2017 Kayak Fish & Float - Jonathan Grady 2
This winter seems to be intent on making up for the two mild winters we had been blessed with and there are just some day it's better to be inside and warm.  On those winter days when the wind is howling and the seas cresting, there are a couple of things fishermen can do to help them prepare for...
The Big Rock Sports Dealer Shows are sort of mini ICAST events, plus they have shooting, hunting and other outdoor sports.  Big Rock Sports, which began as Henry's Tackle Company several decades ago in Morehead City, has grown to be one of the largest U.S. sporting gear distributors.  They are now headquartered in Graham and supply more than 15,000...

Popping Corks

The light ripple on the water's surface had the popping float bobbing ever so slightly as it drifted into the riffle created by the oyster rock blocking the path of the falling tide.  Just after the tide pushed it around the corner of the oysters and it's speed began to slow, the fisherman dipped his rod tip and jerked...
The July 19 sinking of the Capt. David Knight  on AR 430 was a long time coming for the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association (LBARA).  The Capt. David Knight is a decommissioned water barge that had been renamed to honor Capt. Knight, a popular and well liked Southport fisherman who lost his battle with cancer several years earlier in...
ICAST 2017 Orlando FL
Just the mention of attending ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) is enough to quicken the pulse of most fishermen.  This is the international tackle show of all the new rods, reels, lures and associated products, plus it includes all the products in manufacturer's current lines.  It truly is a "kid in a candy store" experience for most...
While fishing with her parent on July 19, 10 year old Katelyn Turner of Charlotte landed a huge king mackerel that was more than twice her age and outweighed her too.  Even though the odds were stacked against her, young Katelyn listened to the coaching of her parents, Mark and Michelle Turner, and eventually wore out the big king...
Choosing The Right Cast Net I really enjoy working the fishing shows and expos each year as folks ask a lot of questions and it lets me see if there is a trend in thinking and gives me ideas for stories.  One of the trends this year has been questions on cast nets.  The questions may be about mesh size,...

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Critical Connections to Fall’s Toothy Critters

As waters cool during the fall, toothy critters – musky, pike, and walleye – enter into their annual feeding binge, devouring sufficient baitfish and...