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CRANE MATH IS LOVETT SEALY YOUNG
Pier Anglers Still Hooking Spots
BY DOUG Rl TTER
Fall spot fishing at the local piers
hit a snag early last week, hut it
picked up again in time for another
great weekend of fishing in the
South Brunswick Islands.
The yellow-belly spots that ar
rived two weeks ago stopped biting
early last week, hut they started run
ning again Thursday and Friday and
bit all weekend.
"The fish are biting. We had a real
good weekend." Ed Kayler of Sun
set Beach Fishing Pier reported
Monday morning. "We're back to
counting by the coolerful."
Kayler said a few flounder were
caught last week. "Most of the peo
ple fishing now are fishing tor
spots," he said.
"Tides and winds don't seem to
make any difference." Kayler added.
"They've been biting all day. They
may slack off for an hour or so then
they'll pick right back up."
Curtis Williamson of Ocean Isle
Beach Fishing Pier said fishermen
caught spots by the dozen ovc the
"They caught all they wanted.
They're picking up some out there
now," Williamson said Monday.
"I think it's going to be a good
week. We're hoping it'll be good
every day now. It looks like it's go
ing to be a good fishing year,"
"It's sporadic but they're still bit
ing," said Gil Bass of Holden Beach
RICK FAIN of Greensboro
caught and released this 45
pound amberjack during a re
cent fishing trip on the Adam \
Apple out of Ocean Isle Beach.
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Fishing Pier. "Mostly they're catch
ing spots and doing right well at it."
Two weeks ago, Bass reported
that spots were jumping on the pier
and anglers didn't even need bait on
"This week you had to put a little
bait on your hook," he said Monday.
"They're jumping about halfway up
the pier this week."
Bass said Jim Hartman of Holden
Beach landed a 6-pound flounder
last week. "I think we'll have about
three or four more weeks of spots."
Anglers caught spots, trout, drum
and bluefish last week, according to
John Sheffield of Sheffield's store at
Ocean Isle Beach.
"Everybody's enjoying the spot
fishing," he said. "They're doing
good in between the gill nets. If a
spot makes it through all the nets
from Southport to the South Caro
lina line they ought to give it an
Sheffield said George Wray of
Shelby and some friends were king
fishing last week off Tubbs Inlet
when they had two strikes at once.
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They brought the lines in and found
two croaker on the hooks.
"The menhaden were totally
gone." Sheffield said. "The croaker
were there on the hook just like they
had eaten the menhaden. It was the
strangest fish tale I've ever heard."
THpp's Fishing Center
Joyce Land of Tripp's Fishing
Center at Shallotte Point said
Monday that the fishing was good
inshore and offshore last week.
"They were catching spots on the
hook and line Saturday," she said.
"They picked up some in the gill net
Saturday and Sunday."
Anglers also caught flounder and
spottailed drum over the weekend
King and Spanish mackerel were
caught in the ocean.
David Rourk of Shallotte picked
up three awards Saturday night
when the Brunswick County Fishing
Club presented prizes to the winners
of its year-long fishing contest.
Rourk. one of two multiple award
winners, took first place in the annu
al fishing tournament with a 6
pound black sea bass, 13-pound
false albacore and 50-pound wahoo.
All adult winners received new
Penn reels, while each child winner
received a rod and reel combination.
Other local adult winners includ
ed Rosalyn McDowell of Sunset
Harbor with a 21-pound. 12-ounce
barracuda; Ruby McDowell of Sun
set Harbor with an 8-pound Spanish
mackerel; and Rachel Wilson of
Bolivia with an 8-ounce spot.
Arthur Maxwell of Fayetteville
won two awards. He caught a 7
pound. 15-ounce, black drum and a
6-pound. 12-ounce, sheepshead.
Also winning awards were
Thomas Johnson. Clayton, 8-pound,
%-ounce. bluefish; Charles Smith,
Fayetteville. 4-pound, 4-ounce,
speckled trout; Lettie Smith, Fayet
teville. 2-pound. 4-ounce, gray trout;
Melba Crane. Charlotte, 4-pound, 2
ounce, silver snapper.
Tony Mathis, Charlotte, 9-pound,
12-ounce, red drum; Marvin Lovett.
Lumberton. 22-pound dolphin; Roy
Wilson. Hope Mills, 7-pound. 6
ounce. flounder; and Paula Cole
man, 37-pound, 12-ounce. sailfish.
Children's contest winners includ
ed Kelly Hewett of Shallotte with an
Other youth winners were Bryan.
Sealy, Lumberton, 27.5-pound king
mackerel; Justin McBride, Concord,
8-ounce pig fish; and Jamison Cul
ver, Lexington. 2-pound flounder.
Betty Young of Bolivia won the
Membership Award for signing up
the most members during the year.
Ruby McDowell received the
Dale Speicher Memorial Trophy,
given annually in honor of one of
the fishing club's founders.
Lifetime memberships were pre
sented to Herbert Smith, Leonard
Edge and Miles Edge for their years
of service to the club.
Day Date A.M. P.M. A.M. P.M.
Thursday 21 1:06 1:46 7:06 7:54
Fnday 22 2:05 2:45 8:05 8:5 1
Saturday 23 3:05 3:41 9:08 9:47
Sunday 24 4:03 4:33 10:08 10:41
Monday 25 4:S8 5:24 11:03 11:28
Tuesday 26 5:45 6:10 11:54
Wednesday 27 6:30 6:52 12:1212:41
SHALLOTTE INLET? add 17 min.
high tide, add 32 min. low tide.
LOCKWOCD FOLLY? subtract 22
min. high tide, subtract 8 min. low tide.
BALD HEAD ISLAND? subtract 10
min. high tide, subtract 7 min. low tide.
SOUTHPORT? add 7 min. high tide,
add 15 min. low tide.
LITTLE RIVER ? subtract 11 rain,
high tide, add 18 min. low tide.
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