There may never have been a fisherman on North Carolina’s coastline whose name is more associated with a single species of fish as Capt. Jimmy Price is with the flounder.
The veteran guide from Southport catches more big flounder in a year than many fishermen do in a decade – or a lifetime, for that matter. He understands what makes them tick: where they live on different stages of the tide, where they’re likely to feed, and how they move seasonally.
“I’ve kept records for years for every trip I’ve ever taken – wind direction, tide, temperature – all that stuff, so I almost know where the fish will be any time I go fishing,” said Price, who guides in the mornings and hangs out at Wildlife Bait & Tackle in Southport in the afternoons. “When the water heats up, in July, your mullet minnows will arrive, and they’ll be big enough to catch in cast nets, so we’ll go out and fish the inshore reefs and wrecks in July, August and September.
Capt. Jimmy Price talking about the Top Dog Tournament series and the money it generated to help needy kids in Brunswick County have Christmas presents. Top Dog has grown since its inception three years ago and hopes to help over 200 families this year.