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King mackerel off North Carolina’s southeastern coast must keep a calendar just like fishermen and circle the first Friday in October. For several decades, kings have been arriving along the beaches between Cape Fear and the South Carolina state line by that date. It’s uncanny, but it happens like clockwork. They may arrive earlier, but they always put in a big appearance by the first Friday in October.
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.
Sure, most anglers who land king mackerel big enough to win tournaments use live menhaden or mullet as bait, but the typical weekend warriors can make fishing more fun by concentrating on efficiency and, who knows, still might catch a citation king or Spanish mackerel. All that is necessary is switching to lures and frozen squid.
The fishing trip on July 19 was supposed to be a simple family outing for 10-year-old Katelyn Turner of Charlotte and her parents Mark and Michelle Turner. The Turners were headed out on the family boat, Jaw Breaker, a 27-foot Contender named after Katelyn’s grandfather who was a dentist, for her to catch her first dolphin. During the trip, Katelyn got the best of a 56-pound, 15-ounce king mackerel that was bigger than her.
Since early September, kayak anglers near Oak Island, N.C. have been catching mixed bags of king mackerel, bull red drum and false albacore, with all showing on some days. An unusually warm last week of October spurred on the king mackerel bite and fishermen in the plastic boats caught some almost every day, including the huge 38.5 pounder that Jonathan Grady of Fayetteville, N.C. caught on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Eris Jones and Kevin Norris agree the best tool in the hunt for large king mackerel is current information. If they can’t be on the water, they are talking with fellow fishermen, checking fishing reports,and gathering information as they can. For tournaments, they network with a prearranged group of anglers who share information on where fish and bait are being caught. In the 1990s, cell phones added ar dimension to sharing information as locations for fish and bait could be shared privately on the water.