Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Getaway in NC’s Brunswick Islands

Family Vacation

This Father’s Day, skip the tie and spoil dad with a getaway to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. With expansive beaches, endless adventures and plenty of opportunities for relaxation, dad will be thanking you for making this Father’s Day the best one yet.

Fish On

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands holds some of the finest fishing spots on the eastern seaboard where dad can cast a line and reel in an abundance of fish. Catch a bite from wahoo, flounder, tuna, mackerel, sea bass, snapper, bluefish and many more. Make a morning or afternoon of reeling in fresh finds at one of the ocean piers perfectly perched for fishing. You can rent all the equipment you need and get bait on site. If dad is looking for to get out on the water, he can choose from inshore and offshore fishing charters including trips to the Gulf Steam. For more information about piers and fishing charters visit http://www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/fishing_and_charters.

 Father and son fishing

Hole in One

Known as North Carolina’s “Golf Coast,” North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands features over 30 championship golf courses including some of the top ranked courses in the state.  Combine that impressive number with the mild four-season climate and scenic views, and you have the perfect destination for a golf getaway.  You can even stay in a villa right on the golf course!  See all the area’s golf courses at http://www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/golf/.

Father and son golfing

Adventure Awaits

For the thrill-seeking dad, head out for an adrenaline-filled adventure in the islands. Fly high above a swamp, and zipline through 100-year-old cypress trees at the Shallotte River Swamp Park. Gliding through the air, dad can enjoy 1.25 miles of ziplines and an aerial adventure park with 53 different challenge elements. Looking for even more excitement? Book a helicopter or pane tour that soars over the islands and lends an even loftier view or you can even go skydiving over the islands and ocean. To plan your adventure, visit http://www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/attractions.

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Break for Brews

Help dad unwind from his day of fun and sample some of the area’s finest brews at the Brunswick Islands’ first local brewery. Check Six Brewing Company has 10-12 various beers on tap, such as pale ales, IPA’s and stouts, perfect for dads seeking a refreshing beverage. Check Six also hosts events like karaoke, brewery tours and sample tastings. Enjoy a fun place to relax after an eventful day and slip into island time.

check six brewery

To plan your getaway with dad this Father’s Day and beyond, visit www.NCBrunswick.com.

Fishing in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands

no need to resort to tall fish tales when fishing North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Locals and visitors agree that the barrier islands between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, which make up North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, are home to some of the best fishing spots on the eastern seaboard.  The catch is abundant, from Amberjack to barracuda, to tuna to wahoo. So is the variety of fishing experiences and techniques to catch them!

Tournament Fishing

Here, the fishing is so “fin-tastic” that the area hosts more than a dozen competitive tournaments for all ages. If you enjoy competitive king mackerel fishing, enter The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, Oct 2 -Oct 4, 2014, for a tournament full of entertainment, food, fun, and of course, fish. The tournament is held in Southport and the public is encouraged to come and watch this premier fishing event.

Kids can enjoy fishing tournaments as well. Captain Charlie’s Kid’s Fishing Tournament will be held Oct 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. free of charge. Kids (up to age 15) will get a chance to win a variety of prizes donated by merchants and the first 100 kids even receive a free t-shirt. Best of all, this is a catch-and-release tournament — an environmental lesson for kids.

Pier Fishing

You will find plenty of elbow room for surf and pier fishing with residents and visitors around to offer free, friendly advice and encouragement. There are treasured landmark fishing piers on four of the five barrier islands of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, with handicap access and concessions for food, bait, tackle and even beach rentals. Check out these piers in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands foDSC_6454_HOLDEN BEACH PIERr more information:

 

Gulf Stream, Bottom Fishing Charters, and Kayak Fishing

For those that desire big trophy fish and delicious game species, there’s always an option to fish the Gulf Stream this winter. The North Carolina coast is graced with moderate temperatures in the winter influenced by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Here, fish swim the Gulf Stream much like an express lane, gobbling up its rich supply of bait fish before being hooked by an angler experiencing the adrenaline rush of a lifetime.DSC_6722_HOLDEN BEACH FISHING CHARTER

Closer to shore, half-day fishing charters are the most popular fishing trip for family groups, enjoyed by children, grandparents, bird watchers, sunbathers and sightseers. First-time anglers, as well as more experienced fishermen can catch black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, whiting, flounder and other species.

For a low-to-the-water, bird and wildlife experience, try guided kayak fishing. From April to November, gliding through salt marsh creeks, black water rivers, and coastal bays, visitors can get up close without spooking the trout, flounder and redfish commonly caught here. While casting, you will see blue and green heron, otters and turtles might glide almost close enough to touch. Around the bend one might glimpse a surprised female deer with her fawn, or a brown pelican dive-bombing for his own tasty dinner.

The surf’s always up for fishing in and around Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Bald Head Island. For a list of what’s biting, when and where, please visit here. For more information on fishing permits, piers and a full list of charters, please visit here.  For a list of marinas and public boat launches visit here.