FISHY, FISHY, FISHY

Alice - Shrimp Boat

(Photo courtesy Alice Paul Gray)

This time of year in Brunswick County, NC you will see wooden shrimp boats, a dying breed, plying the waters of the Atlantic, reapers lowered, trailing an entourage of seagulls like so may white kites. The shrimping is great and so is the fishing. Surf fishermen abound along the shores of all of the South Brunswick Beaches, sitting or standing in the sun, their lines in the water, the soft breezes blowing. They also line the fishing piers including the City Pier in Southport, NC where you can fish the confluence of the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway mixed with a bit of the Atlantic Ocean. On Oak Island, NC, you will find two piers from which to choose: Oak Island Pier and Ocean Crest Pier. Each of the three southernmost beaches has it’s own fishing pier: Holden Beach PierOcean Isle Pier and  Sunset Beach Pier.

There is nothing like fish fresh from the ocean and if you are lucky enough to own you own boat and be your own captain, you likely have a favorite water access and your favorite fishing spot. If you don’t own a boat, there are many head boats and charter boats available to take you out to their special spots. You can find a few here: Head Boats and Charters.

Then there are the fishing tournaments which run through the fall on the Brunswick County, NC coast where fish are still plentiful. Beginning this Friday you can participate in the Sudan Daredevils Shallotte Point Flounder Tournament in Shallotte, NC. On Wednesday, June 15, the Jolly Mon King Classic will start and will run through Sunday, June 19. There are no excuses – the fish are there – catch ’em!

FISHING PIERS

There’s nothing like a meal of freshly caught fish – and there’s nothing like a day spent fishing for those fish from the NC fishing piers. Imagine the sun and the soft breeze – the smell of salt air. Feel the relaxation of having your line in the water waiting for a bite – the excitement of that pull on the line – the joy of reeling in your catch. Enjoy your time alone or with friends and the camaraderie of others taking part in the same rituals. Brunswick County, NC offers a number of fishing piers for your enjoyment. Here are a few:

City Pier, Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/piers/city-pier/profile/)

Oak Island Pier, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/piers/oak-island-pier/profile/)

Ocean Crest Pier, Oak Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/piers/ocean-crest-pier/profile/)