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Tuesday, June 29, 2004     6:15 pm     Still waiting on the word about the South End Issue. The N.C. Legislature session vote was to be held sometime today. Heavy rain showers yesterday morning and this morning had things extremely wet outside. Flowers, lawns and shrubs are rejoicing in this dry summer heat.  No fishing reports to boast about today. :( Stay tuned. 

Sunday, June 27, 2004     "What are Sea Robin Fish?" That is what I ask a fisherman yesterday. He said that they are a unique fish. His son caught one. The way one catches this unique fish is that "u-nek" up on them. "NO, just kidding!" The Sea Robin swims across the bottom of the ocean just as a bird flies in the air. Never seen one do this, but I bet its a site to see. Other catch reports are Spots, Croakers and Bluefish here and there. Several boats were trolling about 800 yards or so off the beach yesterday. Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 26, 2004     As the song goes, "Its a beautiful morning, la da". Yes it is. Kind of quite also. Fishing reports are similar to last weeks. Boats and surf are showing signs of some activity. At 9:00 am, not many folks are stirring. Lots of motels have vacancies. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 23, 2004     Good Morning! Some early-bird birds woke me this morning just in time to see a beautiful day beginning. I headed out to the Kure Beach Fishing Pier.  There were approximately 25 folks fishing out there. The scene was fantastic as I look up and down our clean beach. Now back to the  fishing report.     Yesterday a gentlemen came in our shop reporting that a very large King Mackerel was hauled in on Monday. Others fishing the surf and south end of the beach are reporting Bluefish and Croakers. Oh by the way, we are hoping the NC legislature changes the rule on the allotted time the south end is open. From what I am hearing, the vote is to take place in the next 8 days. This area is one of the last places on the coast of North Carolina one can get onto the beach with a four wheel drive. This is the first time in history that this area has been closed at night. (Discounting Hurricane conditions). This closing was ordered by only a small amount of government official without any input from citizens who use the area. Over 4,000 signatures have been collected in this campaign to reopen the area at night. Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 19, 2004     HOT Weather! With the air temperatures well into the nineties, many families are enjoying the beach. Umbrellas are all up and down the coast. Water temperature is varying 79 to 83 degrees. (That's a tad hi since summer official begins on Tuesday of this up coming week.) A heavy rain shower fell in the pre-dawn hours this morning.  Winner Queen customers are reporting a large count of many large fish caught during their day long outing. Strawberry Groupers, Silver and Red Snappers, Sea Bass and more.  I have not heard of any reports this morning from the surf nor pier. I assume it just too hot! "Got your Ice and Sun Screen?" Stay tuned!

Thursday, June 17, 2004     Reports vary from many to not so plenty. On the plenty side, large Croakers are the number one catch from the surf.  Party boats are getting lots of action. Dolphin, Snappers and Black Sea Bass. One fellow is happy with his Trigger fish. Yum! Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 13, 2004     In our Shop, some small actions has been reported from the surf and pier. Eight to fifteen inch Croakers are still the number one fish caught. Bluefish and Spots catches have slow down but have not completely stopped. Red-headed Got-cha plugs are still landing Spanish Mackerels from the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Reports from fishermen on the Winner Deep Sea Fishing Boats are reporting greater action. Twenty five Strawberry Groupers were caught by one of our guest families. Back Bass, Dolphins and a Amber Jack were just a few of the many fish caught on Saturday' outing. This morning the sea is a bit ruff under an over cast sky. Stay tuned!  

Thursday, June 10, 2004     This morning, as guest were checking in, we saw many small Dolphins bobbing up out of the water. They were swimming where my nephew and I were swimming last week. There must have been fifty or more of these air breathing mammals out there. Fisherman this morning says that he has caught several Bluefish from the surf. Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2004     Boaters are catching Dolphin, the fish, at the WR-4 WWII wreak site. Stay tuned!

Monday, June 7, 2004     "Muggy Monday" as many are saying today. Rain showers plus bright sunshine that follows is  making a stuffy combination for many folks. Croakers are still making the catch as a few fishermen come in from the afternoon heat. Gentlemen ask about Kings and Spanish Mackerels. "Yep several are being caught in boats and on the Pier this time a year. Red headed Gotcha plugs with white bodies can catch Mackerels and Bluefish. The Spring Green headed Got-cha's work also, especially in the spring. Today, the NC rules for King Mackerels are 24"FL, 3/day and for Spanish Mackerels 12"FL, 15/day. Stay out of trouble and stay tuned!

Saturday, June 5, 2004        Several customers are reporting Blue Fish, Spots and Croakers caught today. The hot weather has not stopped these summer fishermen. Many are under the age of fourteen! This week, shrimp has been our number one choice for bait.  Salmon, caught at Blackburn Bro Fish House and then smoked at home, was delicious.   Thursday the waters were a tad sandy colored. I have not ventured out today. Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, June 2,2004    Many minnows in the waters! While swimming apx 130 feet off shore today, my nephew and I surprisingly discovered the company of many birds diving in the waters less than 10 feet  from us. Many small sardine size fish where caught by these small white sea birds with long yellow beaks. Seeing this made me ask the question, "what else is feeding on these minnows?"  Kure Pier had about a dozen long rods off the very end. We did not get any reports in the store today on what was being caught. Stay tuned!

Memorial Day 2004     Fishing reports are bleak this morning.  The restaurants are pack with visitors from all over the place. License plates read , North Carolina, South Carolina, George, Tennessee , Virginia, Kentucky, DC, West Virginia, Colorado  and California just to name a few. Last evening Karen and I walked out onto the beach. Kure Pier had over 100 people on her deck. Weather has been ok. The showers that we had on Sunday kept all the dust down.  Stay tuned

Sunday, May 30,2004     A special thanks to all veterans and active service personal of our armed forces!  A good spring shower is now falling on "Sleepy" Kure Beach this Memorial Sunday morning. Several fishermen have reported the usual catches for this time of year. Spots on Bloodworms and Shrimp. Bluefish on Got-cha plugs. Plus many good size Croakers and Flounders caught on shrimp. Several parents are telling happy stories of how their pre-teen children are catching fish on their own. Yep!  Many happy childhood memories are made here! Over all fishing is on the quite side, but everyone seems to be having a nice time on this three day Memorial day weekend.     UPDATED 7:00 pm Boaters are coming in and reporting lots of Spanish Mackerels caught just off shore. The catching of these fine fish made the rocky outing a worth-whiled adventure.  Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 29, 2004     HOT-HOT-HOT! With a spring shower this morning, humidity has risen making the ocean a cool place to hang out. Fisherman came in this morning and reported that the Croakers are running. 10 to 14 inches long.  The 4 foot sand shark he caught kept him busy for nearly 20 minutes. The light hardware mark up another great encounter. At 1:15 pm Kure Beach is filled with lots of folks. The Kure Beach Fire Department, Police and County EMS rescued a person from the surf in North Kure this morning. This person had a medical condition while swimming.  Stay Tuned.

Thursday, May 27, 2004    We have returned! We temporary closed down this week so that we could replace the front siding on our shop. We close for safety reasons at the front door of our store. The only news on fishing I heard was from our Bloodworm supplier. The wholesale price on a bag of Bloodworms is now higher than what we were retailing them for a month ago! Ouch! The price of gas has hit this refrigerated Canadian product in the wallet!   Stay tuned! 

Sunday, May 24, 2004        Catching fish this week has been some sort of a  timing sport. Some folks reported they caught many Spots, Blue Fish and Flounder in Snows Cut and at the Carolina Beach State park. Others are telling the same stories along the beach here in town and at the South End. Still others just want to come in and cry!  The weather has been fantastic. Several fishermen have come in asking about our progress toward south end issue. Here, we are still gathering names in the shop. Other bait and tackle shops are doing the same.

Now ! What the heck have we been doing and why did the fishing reports get interrupted this week? I have new neighbors. Good neighbors! They are doing new construction and remodeling of their homes. Construction vehicles are all up and down my block. Folk familiar with my shop know I do not have any onsite parking. In 1950, give or take a year, there was plenty of on-street-parking. Not that way today. So being that the streets here are filled with construction trucks and vans, we begin our own outside repairs. Shoot, we been needing to do ours since Hurricane Floyd past thru.  So ride by and take a look at our little store or even better, come in and see what we offer! We are still here! 

Stay tuned. 

Thursday, May 20, 2004    Ok! What Have We Been Doing This Week?  

Sunday, May 16, 2004    "Cast it, and they shall come" as one tee-shirt saying quotes. Many fishermen and their families came up way short of their weekly quota of fish. The warm weather and sunshine made lots of fun on the sand and swimming in the surf. Well when all seemed lost, one of our regular guest had great success fishing in Snows Cut. 25 keeper Spots and 2 Flounders 16 inches apiece. Note! As of today, the Flounder lengths are 14" unlimited count internal and 14" ocean 8 per day per fisherman. Keep casting! 

Friday, May 14, 2004    Getting reports of several Pompanos being caught at the south end of the Island. Several families are enjoying their surf fishing. The ocean water at the Blue Marlin is a dark aqua green in the bright sunshine.  Stay tuned! 

Thursday, May 13,2004           We have some fishermen staying with us this week. "Not a single bite", was their story, 'but we are having a good time!" Another local fisherman came in and said that his mother has been getting good reports from her doctor.  He thanked us and Him for the prayers. Also he mentioned that his catches consist mostly of Bluefish.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004     Slow action today. Stay tuned!

Monday, May 10, 2004     Yesterday, the temperatures rose into 80's. Winds were gusty from the southeast creating strong wave actions in the surf. Kure Beach Fire Department was called out to assist KB Police and EMS for a water rescue.  Two children were saved north of Kure Pier. Also, there were many folks fishing along the surf and pier. Blues, Virginia Mullets and Flounder were the catches were heard. Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 8, 2004     Surfing tournament and the summer-like weather brought a few folks down from Raleigh, Greensboro, Faith, Lumberton, Siler City  and even as far away as Lexington, SC. From what we are hearing, Blues and Virginia Mullets are popping up now and then. The Kure Beach Fishing Pier reports that Spanish and Croaker also showing up. They usually do this time a year. At 2:00pm today there were over 50 people on the surf from the Blue Marlin (300 block North) to the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Protest rally held today. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 5, 2004    5:45 pm       Winds, cool weather, sunny skies, choppy surf and lots of large fish! Yep! Big Bluefish, Pompanos and Red Drum reports are coming in from more than one source! Up and down the surf and from the controversial south end of our Island. This morning we had a kind gentleman from Kannapolis come in excited about size of his many Bluefish fillets, 15 - 20 inches and more than 2 inches thick. That makes a great dinner from the oven, grill, smoker or frying pan. I know what you might be thinking about Bluefish. Well for us Bluefish fans once we get these fighting fish in, a quick cut under the head gets much of the strong blood out of the fish. Then one has a great tasting quality meat to place on the table. Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 2, 2004 More reports of large Virginia Mullets caught on the end of the Kure Beach Fishing Pier and up and down the beach. Some were up to 13 - 18 inches long. I have not heard of any Spanish Mackerels yet. Winds are a tad strong today has the weekend long rain showers have come to an end. Stay Tuned!

Saturday, May 1, 2004 Well there was a nice evening dinner this past Wednesday for the folks in favor of freeing up the south end of the beach. Several locals and a  majority of regular out-of-town guest had a great get-together. Yahoo!  Lots of smiling faces and laughter. For the ending event, a magician from Rowan County served as a professional auction err on the last Rod and Reel Combo.  We should have charged folks just for watching him!  :) Raised over $800.00 in raffle tickets plus the $61 the auction err raised for the cause. Heck even I won something, but I am loaded with new merchandise in the store so I and along with some other winners, tossed our winnings back in the pot. Today several large Bluefish have been caught in the surf. Some up to 11 pounds. We got our first substantial rain shower in over 6 weeks. With the rains, the beach was not as crowed as we would like to see.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004    Update 6:00 pm. Well it's about time the south end of our little world produced some good news! A gentleman from China Grove landed several large size Drums and Bluefish this afternoon. He was fishing the south end of our Island. I was tide up on the phone with a bank's equipment operator and unfortunately could not spend much time with the fisherman to ask what tide, tackle and bait he was using. 10:00 am A welcomed rain show cleaned up all the spring time pollen and dust during the night. Fishing catching has slowed down from what we are hearing. Protest rally and dinner is going to be going on tomorrow next to the Kure Beach Town Hall. Yawl  come.  Many locals and us are upset with the State Park's new policy. Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 25, 2004   Another beautiful weekend in beautiful Kure Beach. Catching reports picked up dramatically. Pompanos, Bluefish, Spots and Flounders made the catch menus of several fishermen. The water's off Kure Beach are crystal clear, a tad choppy and very cooooool... I know! The Kure Beach Fire Department was called out for its second water rescue of the 2004 season. Four surfer got frozen up, "so to speak" and need assistance returning to shore. Too long in the spring waters has a way of doing that to someone not use to the pre-summer environment.  Three of us firemen went out and helped the fellows in. I keep my cloths on but forgot to remove my reading glasses on top of my head. Be on the lookout for a fish wearing  reading glasses. Stay tuned! Please help us with our petition.

Saturday, April 24, 2004 They are back!   Black Drum one of my favorite fish are here. One gentleman reports a big 5 plus ponder caught on the surf here in Kure beach. Spot and Virginia Mullets are making a showing. Today there was a peaceful demonstration at the south end pertaining to the charging and nighttime closing of the beach access for 4 wheel drives. 

Tuesday, April 20,2004 Several fishing boats have been sited about 3/4 of a mile behind our Blue Marlin Apartments. From the past, north bound Virginia Mullets have been caught there. The water temperature is still a cool 65 degrees. A tad cool for closer fish catches. In about 10 days, I am expecting to start hearing reports of Spanish Mackerels and a few King Mackerels caught off the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Summer Flounder should follow! * Stay tuned!  

April 17,2004 This past week, reports were bleakish. Several folks, with what I call "cabin fever", failed to catch what they were wishing for. Reports of a small amount of Virginia Mullets and Bluefish did make it back to our shop. However, all were tossed back in hopes of a larger return. Wednesday we did have  high winds out of the southeast. About 3/4 of an inch of rain fell the entire week. We picked up many signatures on the south end petition. Stay tuned.

April 10,2004 Happy Easter! We are back again ready to write the latest fishing reports as we see and hear them from our little Blue Marlin Beach Shop in Kure Beach, North Carolina. Our hours of operation are returning to normal as we have come out of the winter season. During the past month, scattered reports of Red Drum are showing up along with the annoying Skate and Sand Shark. Small Virginia Mullets are keeping a few fishermen occupied at the very end of the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Today the Beach is load with families and folks sunning on the sun warmed sandy beach. Please note the petition page on our web site to the fees and restricted hours of operation of the southern of Kure Beach. Thanks again and welcome back!