Fisherman’s Post – December 2019


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Even though Capt. Ray Brittain, of Spring Tide Guide Service out of the Topsail/Sneads Ferry area, had been posting 100-fish, half day trip photos of 17-20+” trout on Facebook for over a week prior to our morning together, I didn’t blink when he called the night before to let me know we would be going to a creek he hadn’t fished yet this year…
“For the love of king mackerel fishing” was the mantra onboard as the Henderson family-Mark (father), Josh (older son), and Crockett (younger son)-checked to make sure James (my middle son) and I were properly bundled up to make a big run on this cold, late-November morning…
Capt. Justin Ragsdale, of Breakday Charters out of the Morehead/Atlantic Beach area, bumped his boat over the shallow entrance to a Haystack-area creek. The tide was incoming but low, too low yet to target the other areas he really wanted to fish, places where he had racked up a 60-trout morning before picking me and Tom (brother-in-law) up around noon behind Freeman’s Bait & Tackle…
The 2019 Kingfish Cup Championship took place in early November with 29 qualifying teams competing for the overall first place title. The four qualifying tournaments leading up to this championship event were the Jolly Mon, Got ‘Em On, Fall Brawl, and the Rumble in the Jungle, all of which took place from June-October 2019. The series began with 100 total teams fishing the series…
The 9th annual Cy’s World Trout and Redfish Rodeo took place November 30, 2019, out of Ocean Isle Fishing Center. Anglers fished one day, Saturday, and weighed in their two heaviest fish at the end of the day. The two-fish aggregate could be any combination of trout or red drum. Usually flounder is the third species sought after, but due to the fishery closure, flounder was removed from the leaderboard…
The 6th annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Speckled Trout Shootout happened on November 30, always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, with 27 teams competing for the $1500 first place pot. Chilly air and light showers didn’t hold back these anglers from hauling in winning fish. Anglers chose one of three launch sites-Jacksonville, Swansboro, or Sneads Ferry-and all weighed in back at Jacksonville Landing…
On November 2, 2019, 38 teams hit the water from Swansboro, Jacksonville, and Sneads Ferry to fish out big speckled trout in the 18th annual Jacksonville Speckled Trout Tournament. At the end of a day where wind and sprinkling rain set the scene for an eerie day on the water, anglers returned to the weigh station at Swansboro to determine an aggregate weight of their four heaviest fish…
AquaTraction Advanced Marine Flooring, offered exclusively in North Carolina by Buckshot Marine out of Morehead City, is designed to add style and comfort to your boat while offering a durable, non-slip surface for all your boating needs. Made with proprietary, closed-cell, cross-linked synthetic resin, AquaTraction provides superior traction, comfort, and style, as well as exceptional sound-dampening characteristics…
If it’s possible to have an apparel “multi-tool,” AFTCO has developed it with its new Camo Reaper Technical Fleece Hoodie. The comfort factor this new pull-over provides is a game-changer while progressing through your daily activities, fishing or otherwise…
In a market full of fish fillet knives, AFTCO’s new offering is a powerful introduction. The 8″, 10″, and 12″ versions meet all of the expectations and requirements of a premium brand when needing to fill the cooler with fillets from the day’s catch.
The over-molded, slip-free handle provides the comfort needed because of its anatomic and ergonomic design…
The new Cannon Optimum Downrigger brings the One-Boat Network to life in trolling applications and fully integrates with Humminbird fish finders, Fish Hawk X4D System, a new mobile app, and other Optimum downriggers wirelessly. Whether on wirelessly connected Humminbird units, on the downrigger itself, or through the Cannon mobile app, anglers can raise, lower, and set trolling depths for the downrigger weights through the easy-to-use menu…
Another casualty of climate change will likely be shoreline recreational fishing, according to new research from North Carolina State University and Oregon State University. The study finds some regions of the U.S. may benefit from increasing temperatures, but those benefits will be more than offset by declines in fishing elsewhere..
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There will be main seminars and several rigging stations going on concurrently all day long, so you will always be able to find a session that most interests you.

 Saturday, February 8, 2020
CFCC’s Union Station
7:30 am-5:00 pm

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Crystal Coast Civic Center 
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