Oak Island Recreation Dept. offering king mackerel fishing seminar

King mackerel fishermen wanting to boost their catches of the big mackerel should consider attending the King Mackerel Fishing Seminar presented by the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department on the evening of Sept. 18, 2018. The seminar will feature three hours of information and tips for catching large king mackerel and will be tailored to assist participants improve their success in the upcoming US Open King Mackerel Tournament presented by the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 4 to 6.


Freshwater Fishing

Hazel creek: A trout treasure

No roads lead to one of the most-celebrated trout streams in the East. Isolated, remote, accessible only by boat or foot, Hazel Creek lives up to its reputation as a trout-fishing Mecca. It’s all that everyone says it is, and more.



Summer, shallows are not exclusive

Bobby Winters is a 23-year-old catfish and striper guide on the Santee Cooper lakes who has a youthful passion for catching fish. We were fishing on a hot, summer day, and he’d targeted an area with undulating bottom contours for drift-fishing. We had been drifting only a short while when one of his nine rods bowed over.



Heave heavy metal for harder hits

If angler Russ Luhm spots Spanish mackerel schooling at the surface or sees them on his depthfinder as he works a school with deep-diving lures, he’ll fling a Stingsilver or other heavy metal spoon at them. 


Bass Fishing

Shadow hunting

The summer heat affects fishing immensely, and not only the fisherman. Fish suffer during periods of temperature extremes, and since they are cold-blooded, they must seek out places with cooler water to thrive.