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Speed kings – Keep SE NC mackerel on the run

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. […]

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Tower-ing kings

The king mackerel bite off North Carolina’s Cape Fear doesn’t slow down at Thanksgiving, but the best action does move offshore. Water temperatures are dropping, pushing baitfish offshore, and hungry kings follow them.  […]

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

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.

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Kayak angler catches huge king mackerel near Oak Island

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.

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