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10 Year Old Angler Catches 56 lb King Mackerel

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 and ... Read More »

Team Sea Rat Wins BIG on Leg 1 Cape Lookout Shootout King Mackerel Series

Team Sea Rat - Leg 1 Cape Lookout Winners

The first tournament of the 2017 Yellowfin Cape Lookout Shootout King Mackerel Series presented by Yamaha and Nationwide Insurance was held Saturday, July 15, from The Boat House in Beaufort.  While dealing with far less than favorable sea conditions, the Sea Rat Fishing Team of Capt. Mitch Yates, Midway, with teammates Richard Williams  and Ronnie Miller of Wilmington caught a ... Read More »

Anchoring 101

Anchoring 101 By Capt. Jerry Dilsaver             At a recent boat show, a new fisherman stopped by my booth and asked a lot of questions about anchoring.  I hadn’t thought about anchoring in a while and it is a critical part of fishing – that unfortunately is often overlooked or thought to be simple enough it doesn’t warrant discussion.  Well, ... Read More »

Get Hooked Fishing School – North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

March 18th – Pine Knoll Shore, NC Sign up now for the annual Get Hooked Fishing School hosted by the Aquarium. The popular one-day course on Saturday, March 18, features in-depth presentations by experienced anglers on many aspects of the sport, including topics such as inshore fishing for striper, drum, trout, mackerel and flounder, fly fishing, and offshore fishing. Additional ... Read More »

North Carolina Shad Fishing

I Shad You Not By Capt. Jerry Dilsaver             Shad are one of God’s gifts to fishermen each spring.  They come in a couple of sizes and are found in most rivers in North Carolina and they visit rivers in other southeast Atlantic states as well.  The best news about shad are just how much fun they can be to ... Read More »

Cobia Season Closed in Federal Waters

Cobia Season Closed in Federal Waters By Capt. Jerry Dilsaver                   On January 24, the 2017 recreational fishing cobia season closed in federal waters from the Florida/Georgia state line northwards.  The season is not scheduled to reopen in 2017.  The 2018 Cobia season will open on January 1, 2018. This closure is for federal waters, which begin 3 miles offshore ... Read More »

Winter Boat Shows – Fishing Schools

The Wonderful Winter World of Boat and Fishing Shows By Capt. Jerry Dilsaver             Don’t let the winter weather get you down.  It may be too cold, wet, windy or something else to be on the water fishing, but there are a surprising number of events across the Carolinas that are fun, and offer opportunities to check out shiny new ... Read More »

Big Rock East Best in Show Awards

Big Rock East Best in Show Awards By Capt. Jerry Dilsaver The Penn Slammer III Spinning Reel Series racked up another Best in Show Award in early January at the Big Rock Sports East Show held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C., January 6-8. The Slammer III Series, which is a reintroduction of a popular reel that had been ... Read More »

Ditch Digger Wins 2017 Gold Cup Tournament

Ditch Digger Wins 2017 Gold Cup Tournament - Leonard Bryant Photography

Ditch Digger Wins 2017 Gold Cup Tournament January 8 – 12, 2017 It’s a wrap for the 2017 Gold Cup Sailfish Tournament hosted by the Sailfish Club of Palm Beach, Florida. Ditch Digger (72ft Viking), won the event with 38 sailfish releases in three days of fishing.  Showtime!  took second with 32 sailfish releases and , Hit ‘n Run, (68ft F&S) came in third with 31 ... Read More »

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