Yep. It’s that time again. Time for the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament in Southport, NC. Time for 400 boats in the ocean waters. Time for prizes. Time for food. Time for entertainment. Time for drinks. Time for fun. Time for a whole lotta fishin’ goin’ on. Speaking of fishing. It’s time, too, for the Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament – on Saturday. From 10 AM until noon you will see the Southport City Pier lined with kids on one end of fishing rods, hoping to find fish on the other ends. There will be pizza and drinks for everyone as well as loads of prizes.

Need Tackle? Check out these Brunswick County, NC fishing and tackle shops:

Leland, NC 28451
(910) 599-4054
Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle

4019 Long Beach Rd. SE
Southport, NC 28461

(910) 457-1221

Oak Island Pier

705 Ocean Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465

(910) 278-6464

Ocean Crest Pier

1411 E. Beach Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465
(910) 278-6674


Another weekend of fun festivities is ahead of us in Brunswick County, NC; and the Carolina blue skies and warm temperatures promise to continue throughout the weekend. With all the water in Brunswick County, NC, as well as offshore, one of the favorite fall activities involves bait, rods and reels and some of the best fishing happens in the fall. Because of this, fishing tournaments abound in the fall and this weekend is no exception. This weekend’s fishing tournament is a tournament with a twist, however. The fishing will not be done from piers or from boats in the ocean. The Bluefish Bonanza on Bald Head island, NC is a surfcasting tournament. Check it out.

Last weekend you may have participated in the NC Oyster Festival – an annual event in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Get ready to enjoy again this Saturday and Sunday, this time in Holden Beach, NC at the annual NC Festival by the Sea.

You will have another second chance in Calabash, NC. Last week was Pumpkin Day at Indigo Farms – this Saturday from 10 – AM until 2 PM, you can enjoy Pick Your Own Pumpkin Day. The event will include Stock Pig Racing as well as hayrides – so bring the whole family.


For as long as there have been fishing and boats, many of the residents of Brunswick County, NC have made their living from the sea. The area is one of the few places where you can still see wooden shrimp boats trolling the waters for ‘bugs’. They are, however, a dying breed so I suggest that you enjoy them while you can. Naturally, fishing is an extremely popular recreational sport here as well. You will see people fishing from the piers, surf fishing, throwing cast nets for bait and, of course, fishing from boats. The cool thing is that you don’t have to invest in a boat to fish from one. There are a still a number of boat captains who can take you fishing in their charter boats for half or full days. You can go deep sea fishing or in shore fishing with nearly all the equipment you need provided for you. These local captains know exactly where to take you to ensure that you will come home happy and with the biggest fish or the limit of fish that you are allowed to catch. Charter boats usually can carry four or six persons, so you can make it a family affair or go with a group of your friends if you like. There are even a couple of head boats available where you can fish with a large group of other people. To check out a listing of many of the available fishing boats, go to: http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/head-charter-tour-boat/.

Affordable Fishing Charters, Oak Island, NC

Get Reelin Fishing Charters, Southport, NC

Playin’ Hooky Inshore Fishing Charters, Southport, NC

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is almost upon us. If you have not yet decided on activities to celebrate the fathers in you lives, do not despair. Brunswick County, NC offers a plethora of choices to you. You will find excellent restaurants, golf courses, fishing piers, fishing cruises, sightseeing cruises, tennis courts, kayak trails, surf fishing, sky diving, biplane tours, helicopter rides, Ski-do rentals and sports bars – to name a few ideas. Here are a few specific suggestions:

Why not visit a winery? (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/home/events-and-hotspots/silver-coast-winery/profile/)

Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC offers tours and wine tastings as well as wine and gifts for sale.

Does pier fishing strike you fancy? (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/piers/city-pier/profile/)

On the Southport, NC City Pier the whole family can fish for free.

Is bowling your favorite thing to do? (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/bowling/thunder-alley/profile/)

At Thunder Alley in Leland, NC the family can have fun and have a meal in the grille as well.




Fishing Tournaments

Fishing is a way of life for some in the NC Brunswick Islands. We often see the wooden shrimp boats plying the waters off the coast with their entourage of seagulls floating behind like so many kites. For those of us on shore the sight is picturesque and beautiful. For those on the boats it is their work. However, there are a number of recreational fishermen in the area as well. You see them fishing from the piers, surf fishing, casting for bait, fishing from boats and going to sea on charter fishing boats. Then there are the fishing tournaments. These usually begin in the spring and are held nearly every weekend through the fall. Fisherman enter these tournaments for the camaraderie of fishing with others and the hope of winning a prize. Her are a few upcoming tournaments:

The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, NC (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/may/the-far-out-shoot-out-fishing-tournament/profile/)

This tournament is actually in process as it began on May 9, however, it runs through May 17. You only fish one out of the eight days and the awards ceremony and dinner will be held on Sunday at 1 PM at OIFC Wing & Fish Company – 4764 Main Street, Shallotte, NC . The next tournament to be held at the fishing center will be the Jolly Mon King Classic on June 20 – 22. (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/june/jolly-mon-king-classic/profile/) The Long Bay Artificial Reef Association and the Teaching Youth to Fish Association are both supported by this event.

The Rebel King Mackerel Tournament held at the Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/may/rebel-king-mackerel-tournament/profile/)


This tournament will be held on May 17 – 18 and prizes will be awarded after 2 PM on the 18th.

The Oak Island Open Pier Fishing Tournament held on the Oak Island Pier and the Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/salt-water-tournament/may/oak-island-open-pier-fishing-tournament/profile/)

To be held on May 31 and June 1 on both piers on Oak Island, this tournament is coordinated by the Oak Island Recreation Department.