Red Drum Fishing in the Carolinas

Red drum are one of the most popular saltwater fish in the Carolinas, and fishing for redfish is often simple and rewarding.

Red drum, North Carolina’s state saltwater fish, are known internationally as the behemoths of the Cape Hatteras surf and locally as the hard-fighting redfish of many canals, inlets, and beaches in both Carolinas. While fishing for bull red drum with 13-foot rods, long pendulum casts and huge lead weights in a spraying surf makes a romantic picture, smaller redfish (often called puppy drum) are taken more often all along the beaches and waterways.

Red drum are nearly year-round residents of the Carolinas. They roam from the ocean beaches up the rivers to nearly fresh water. Redfish are especially fond of old docks and shellfish beds, and in the ocean they congregate around the holes in sandbars near deep sloughs.

The smaller redfish don’t leave the estuary marsh areas …

Offshore Fishing with Captain Keith Logan of Feeding Frenzy Charters

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Now is a great time for bottom fishing the offshore waters off of southeastern North Carolina, with mahi-mahi, cobia, grouper and various bottom fish hitting well. Captain Keith Logan of Feedin Frenzy Charters out of Holden Beach has been reporting fantastic fishing.

On Saturday he took out George Hill, Larry Gilmore, Ben Harmon, Derrick Martin, Xavier Crawford, all of Winston Salem and “DJ” Jones of Walnut Cove, NC on a full day venture.

“We headed out about 40 miles to start the day,” said Logan. “For the next couple of hours we caught our limit of big black sea bass, trigger fish, vermilion snapper, pinky, white grunts, and gag grouper. We also caught a few nice size shark that we released. While we were bottom fishing a 30 lb cobia swam by the boat looking around, so we got a pitch bait out and it was on for the next …

Ecological Impact of Plastic Lures: Fishing Responsibly by Using Alternatives for Soft Lure Baits

It is a matter of course that fishing involves the use of sinkers and lures. The toxic effects of lead in the environment are well documented, but the use of soft plastic fishing lures has not widely been considered a source of marine debris. The American Sportfishing Association documented expenditures by recreational fishers in 2006 for lures, flies, and artificial baits totaled $902.7 million. Some projections claim 25 million soft plastic lures are lost in the field each year.

Ecological Impact of Soft Plastic Lures

Plastic is one of the chief culprits in problems associated with marine debris. It is long lived in the environment and takes hundreds of years to degrade. Soft plastic fishing lures are designed to attract fish, and they break into small, easy to ingest pieces with time.

Another environmental issue tied to use of soft plastic lures is their composition. A plasticizer, comprising a large …

Fishing for New Job Opportunities

Job searching seems like a simple concept but does require some forethought about how you are going to approach the act of finding another job. There are two different philosophies when it comes to job searching. You can bring a pole or you can bring a net when fishing for jobs.

When we use a pole we typically go to the best places to find the fish. We will spend considerable amount of time researching where the best fish hang out, what type of lure to use and what methods we should use to catch them. Even though we don’t catch a lot of fish we are more likely to catch the big one.

A narrow search for a job is a lot like fishing with a pole. Some people prefer only to apply to those jobs which fit their criteria perfectly. They spend a lot of time reading the …