• Mackerel

    Conditions are perfect in June for Spanish mackerel to gang up off the beaches along North Carolina’s southern coast.

    Spanish mackerel numbers peak along southern NC Coast

    Break out the spoons for a hot Spanish bite
    May 14 at 10:39am
    Go fast or slow, but make sure you target Spanish mackerel in May off the Carolinas.

    Start speaking Spanish, mackerel that is, in May off the Carolinas

    Fishermen in both Carolinas should pay attention this month for the annual arrival of hungry Spanish mackerel to nearshore waters.
    May 01 at 7:00am
    Peter Balderas caught this 44-pound, 7-ounce king mackerel off the Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island, N.C.

    Spring king mackerel run thrills N.C. fishermen

    Piers, nearshore structure on either side of Cape Fear get hot in May
    April 26 at 10:58am
    Spanish mackerel make their first real showing of the year along much of the North Carolina coast in April.

    Speak Spanish along NC Coast

    April brings first showing of Spanish mackerel from Cape Lookout to Cape Fear
    March 23 at 2:06pm
    The area around Frying Pan Tower, about 30 miles offshore of Cape Fear, holds plenty of king mackerel as the water cools in late fall.

    Tower-ing kings

    Frying Pan Tower is king mackerel heaven
    December 04, 2017 at 10:13am
    Winyah Bay’s outgoing tide makes for a distinct and long tideline that holds bait.

    Tideline kings hitting the beach

    Mullet run kicks off Winyah Bay, Murrells Inlet mackerel action
    August 30, 2017 at 11:13am
    Katelyn Turner was fishing with her parents when she caught this big king mackerel off Oak Island.

    Pint-size angler lands plus-size king mackerel off Oak Island

    Her brother missed out while away at surf camp
    July 24, 2017 at 9:05pm
    Gabriel Petteway, 9, from Rocky Mount, caught his first two Spanish mackerel on a June 2016 trip with Noah’s Ark Fishing Charters.

    Cape Lookout speaks Spanish

    Mackerel are first on the list of targets for nearshore fishermen this month
    May 15, 2017 at 11:04am
    Jeff Reid of Sanford, N.C., removes a hook before releasing a spring-run king caught off Oak Island, N.C.

    Spring king run visits SE NC beaches

    Mackerel congregate close to shore from Cape Fear to Little River
    May 02, 2017 at 10:55am
    October and November are prime times to fish live baits for king mackerel within just a few miles of North Carolina’s beaches.

    How to set up a kite rig for kings

    November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
    Using a kite to keep a bait skipping at the surface is a Florida sailfish technique that has migrated to the Carolinas, where it often puts big king mackerel in the boat.

    Kings on a string

    Anglers targeting king mackerel along North Carolina’s coast can increase their odds by learning to fly a kite.
    November 01, 2016 at 7:00am
    Kathryn McClure and Cory Swink pose with the 66-pound king mackerel that McClure caught last week out of Holden Beach.

    Angler catches 66-pound king mackerel on her first offshore trip

    Big fish hit as soon as first rod was deployed
    July 26, 2016 at 9:11pm
    King mackerel have moved in off Grand Strand beaches in huge numbers.

    Double-digit king mackerel catches are the rule off Grand Strand

    Influx of bait has big schools of kings cruising from beachfront to 60 feet of water
    May 08, 2015 at 7:50am
    Plenty of big king mackerel are there for the taking off the beaches of the Grand Strand.

    King mackerel bite has been great off the Grand Strand

    Fish have moved off the beach to nearshore spots, but they're still biting
    October 25, 2014 at 10:45am