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Old 09-25-2018, 06:29 AM
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We had planned on fishing but our place to stay fell through. Does anyone know the status of the hotels/rentals? I did a little research yesterday and most of the hotels claimed "sold out". I assume either with emergency personnel or the place is just damaged and needs the time to be fixed.
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:40 AM
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Our place is at Harbourgate Marina in NMB and there are rooms available there as of now. I know some people don't want to be that far south but things are ok down that way and it may be an option for ya'll.
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:01 AM
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There are plenty of canal houses for rent on Ocean Isle Beach where you can rent and keep your boat out the back door. Very convenient. Sloane Realty Vacations 910-579-6216.
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Old 09-25-2018, 08:10 AM
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The tournament is on as scheduled.
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Old 09-25-2018, 08:24 AM
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U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament
33 mins · The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Board of Directors met in special session on Monday, September 24th to discuss effects from Hurricane Florence and to confirm its commitment to hold the 40th Anniversary of the tournament as planned on October 4th- 6th at the Southport Marina. Several factors were taken into consideration before committing to hold the tournament on its preannounced dates including the safety of the anglers, resources available to support the event, the quality of competition and the economic/physical/emotional health of our community that has supported this event for the past 40 years.

The Tournament and the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce also recognizes its responsibility to assist those suffering from the impacts of Hurricane Florence in Brunswick County. The Chamber, through the U.S Open King Mackerel Tournament will donate $1,500 to Brunswick Family Assistance Hurricane Florence Relief Fund. The tournament is also encouraging its sponsors and participants to donate to the relief efforts and will be collecting donations during the tournament to support the Brunswick Family Assistance efforts to support the recovery of families in Brunswick County.

“The US King Mackerel Tournament will be Southport’s first major event to be held after Hurricane Florence. We would like everyone to know, “Southport is recovering, resilient and ready to welcome visitors this fall and winter,” said Randy Jones, City of Southport Tourism.

Onsite registration for the tournament will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 10am – 12midnight at the Southport Marina with fishing on October 5th & 6th. For U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament info visit www.usopenkmt.com, stop by 4433 Long Beach Road, Southport or call (910) 457-5787.
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:00 AM
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For what it's worth the wildlife ramp at dutchmans creek had suffered minor damage only. As of lunch time this past Saturday there were a dozen trucks and trailers in the parking lot. There was one top of a large pine down in the parking lot and some minor damage to the floating dock. Everything else appeared to be in tacked and operational
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Old 09-27-2018, 07:03 AM
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Now that this is on does anyone have any first hand experience on how the river looks from dt Wilmington to OI? Is it dangerous or fairly clear?

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Old 09-27-2018, 07:13 AM
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How is bait looking down there?
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Old 09-27-2018, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Kendall View Post
U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament
33 mins · The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament Board of Directors met in special session on Monday, September 24th to discuss effects from Hurricane Florence and to confirm its commitment to hold the 40th Anniversary of the tournament as planned on October 4th- 6th at the Southport Marina. Several factors were taken into consideration before committing to hold the tournament on its preannounced dates including the safety of the anglers, resources available to support the event, the quality of competition and the economic/physical/emotional health of our community that has supported this event for the past 40 years.

The Tournament and the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce also recognizes its responsibility to assist those suffering from the impacts of Hurricane Florence in Brunswick County. The Chamber, through the U.S Open King Mackerel Tournament will donate $1,500 to Brunswick Family Assistance Hurricane Florence Relief Fund. The tournament is also encouraging its sponsors and participants to donate to the relief efforts and will be collecting donations during the tournament to support the Brunswick Family Assistance efforts to support the recovery of families in Brunswick County.

“The US King Mackerel Tournament will be Southport’s first major event to be held after Hurricane Florence. We would like everyone to know, “Southport is recovering, resilient and ready to welcome visitors this fall and winter,” said Randy Jones, City of Southport Tourism.

Onsite registration for the tournament will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 10am – 12midnight at the Southport Marina with fishing on October 5th & 6th. For U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament info visit www.usopenkmt.com, stop by 4433 Long Beach Road, Southport or call (910) 457-5787.
Look forward to seeing you out there Kendall! Hoping for good weather.. not that I will be too far out anyway.,
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Old 09-27-2018, 08:58 AM
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You guys should change the payout this year and donate all tournament winnings to the relief fund. I can't imagine anyone raising their hand in the captains meeting and objecting.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:22 AM
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Look for us flying the Pink ribbon on Team Pokey. If we win we are donating a portion to Brest Cancer. If you see one of us come by and say hi! Been a busy busy year for all of us so this is the first tournament of the season for Pokey. Hope to find a big one!
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:01 PM
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I dont think I understand the rules. They say all king mackerel must be presented in edible condition... how would one go about turning a king mackerel into something edible?

Sorry, couldn't resist. Tight lines and good luck to all.
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Old 09-27-2018, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Wickedfisha View Post

Look for us flying the Pink ribbon on Team Pokey. If we win we are donating a portion to Brest Cancer. If you see one of us come by and say hi! Been a busy busy year for all of us so this is the first tournament of the season for Pokey. Hope to find a big one!
How did you all do ? Any Bites ?
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Old 09-28-2018, 03:55 AM
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Update on local conditions this week:

Lots of big debris in the water flowing from Cape Fear, Lockwood and Shallotte rivers. If your pre fishing next week be vigilant and would not run at low light conditions. Water coming from Cape Fear smells and is dirty as it can get. No pogies around at this time with mullet still in ocean and starting to trickle in backwaters. Lockwood Inlet navigability is in good condition but buoys have been moved around some. As of today this week two king Macs have been caught off Ocean Crest. Hope king fishing improves next week........
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Old 09-28-2018, 05:03 AM
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Originally Posted by ollieraja View Post
Update on local conditions this week:

Lots of big debris in the water flowing from Cape Fear, Lockwood and Shallotte rivers. If your pre fishing next week be vigilant and would not run at low light conditions. Water coming from Cape Fear smells and is dirty as it can get. No pogies around at this time with mullet still in ocean and starting to trickle in backwaters. Lockwood Inlet navigability is in good condition but buoys have been moved around some. As of today this week two king Macs have been caught off Ocean Crest. Hope king fishing improves next week........
Thanks for the local update. Online this morning trying get set up with somewhere to stay.
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Old 09-28-2018, 07:12 PM
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Serious question...

Fishing next week, the water being dirty, probably laced with tons of bacteria.

Are you all worrried about any infections, or getting sick ? I want to fish as bad as anyone, but at what possible cost.

Am am I the only person thinking about this ?
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Old 09-28-2018, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by 1 McKee View Post
Serious question...

Fishing next week, the water being dirty, probably laced with tons of bacteria.

Are you all worrried about any infections, or getting sick ? I want to fish as bad as anyone, but at what possible cost.

Am am I the only person thinking about this ?
Your overthinking to be honest. This isnt anything new. Happened with Matthew and has happened with prior hurricanes.
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Old 09-28-2018, 07:25 PM
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Tons of dead fish in the cape fear river. The mullet that are in the river are swimming right on top of the water gasping for air. Not sure off how fishing is off the beach though. Matthew did not cause a fish kill like this flooding has caused.
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Old 09-30-2018, 11:15 AM
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HEAD SOUTH BOYZ.. Pass OCP...
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Old 09-30-2018, 01:09 PM
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There are fish south............
There is a “concentration” of bait at North Myrtle. I’m sure a lot of people will plan to go out of Little River. Not a bad idea. I got into town yesterday and I’m depressed by the looks of things at Oak Island. Remember the jingle,” the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup”? Well, the water here looks like Folgers with no sugar or cream. I’m seeing a few mullet minnows in the suds. Seen a mini Spanish jump this morning. Small blues,reds,and black drum ARE here. Not in big numbers. Trees and tires are all over the beach. The water is BLACK. Sure, You can catch kings in river water....... this is river water on crack. I wonder If one could catch a channel cat or a crappie. It’s that bad. Options? Obvious- out,north or south. No,there’s NO pogies at Long Beach-none.
Sure bet: North Myrtle for your typical net pogies and go fish type deal. Bait is there.
North: As of now water is dirty at Topsail/Wrightsville. Just got back from there. There were some big fish in that area late last week. Blues and big mullet-no pogies. Like You, I’m still contemplating where to fish. If Yoy can pen blues on Thursday,Cape Fear and north is do-able. If You want to net bait ( pogies)the “day of” I’d go out of little river and fish there or catch bait there then run east northeast.
Things CAN change but as of now the biggest concentration of decent fish are West or Southish inside of 10 miles hahem( clear throat) outside of that the normal areas are fair. Best of luck to everyone.
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