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Higher license fees go into effect for North Carolina sportsmen Aug. 1 Netters face new, tighter restrictions in northeastern NC sounds North Carolina hunters can buy duck stamps on-line Aug. 1 Fishing still hot around Cape Lookout for Spanish, flounder, reds

Guide advises bass fishermen to stick with a toothpick for rigging

One of the best tools a bass fisherman can have, especially during the summer  when fish live largely in deep, cool, oxygenated water, are toothpicks – and not to clean peanut butter from an angler’s teeth.

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July 24 at 1:03 pm
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Commission responds to vultures damaging vehicles at boat ramp

Fishermen using the Flat Creek boat-access area at Tuckertown Lake might just do a double-take upon their arrival. At the entrance there’s a newly constructed gazebo with a replica of a vulture hanging upside down from one of its wooden appendages. At the ramp, a single pole holds another artificial effigy of a vulture dangling upside down.

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July 24 at 7:48 am
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Commission sets seasons for early waterfowl, doves, rails

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates for doves and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

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July 22 at 8:10 am
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Match the hatch? Big Gaston bass gorging on mayflies, bream

Think only fly-rodders who fish skinny-water mountain streams for trout like insect hatches? Don’t tell it to Joel Richardson, a long-time bass guide from Kernersville. Last week, he had two of the best days he’s ever had at Lake Gaston, taking advantage of the mayfly hatch.

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July 18 at 9:47 am
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Try these three lures for after-dark bass in North Carolina

If the blistering sun has you running for cover, then bass fishing after dark is for you. William Small, who organizes night tournaments at Falls of the Neuse Lake, targets bass as they transition to the more shallow water from the points and ledges where they spend the daylight hours. When he’s fishing at night, he has three lures he won’t leave the dock without.

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July 17 at 3:25 pm
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Move around and use live bait for best Brunswick County action

The heat of summer has arrived and along with it has come steady, if not spectacular, fishing along the Brunswick County coast. According to Capt. Mike Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, fishermen willing to move around and fish for several species can expect a good, mixed-bag catch.

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July 17 at 7:34 am
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Spanish mackerel will really respond if you flip them a bird

Since May, many fishermen have been targeting Spanish mackerel, particularly off the beaches from Oak Island to the South Carolina line, and the good fishing will last into September. If you’re a novice and want to get in on the action – and have a better chance of success – try “teasing” fish with a “bird.”

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July 16 at 7:58 am
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Sen. Hagan's Sportsman's Bill dies in Senate from political infighting

The Bipartisan Sportsman’s bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), died in the U.S. Senate last Thursday, a victim of senators attaching politically charged amendments onto a piece of legislation that got glowing reviews in both houses of Congress and support across-the-board from sportsman’s groups.

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July 15 at 6:31 pm
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Inshore bite has been great around Swansboro for flounder, reds

According to Capt. Rick Patterson of Cape Crusader Charters in Cape Carteret, summer has been good for fishing along the Crystal Coast. A variety of fish are being caught in nearshore and inshore waters, and flounder and red drum lead the catches.

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July 10 at 12:54 pm
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Weedless spoons? Don't leave home for saltwater without them.

Most saltwater fishermen have an array of soft plastics, jigheads, topwater plugs and floating- or popping-cork rigs in their tackle boxes, but often, one of the most-important and productive lures is missing: weedless spoons.

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July 09 at 7:04 am
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Breeding survey predicts improved duck numbers this year.

Waterfowl hunters have plenty to cheer about in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on duck breeding populations that was released late last week. Surveys conducted in May and early June show an 8-percent increase in the number of breeding ducks over last year.

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July 08 at 7:34 am
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Topwater baits producing plenty of reds, specks around Sneads Ferry

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures in Sneads Ferry said the inshore fishing is as hot as the weather, and that the summer heat has fired up flounder, red drum and speckled trout in the area.  

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July 06 at 11:03 pm
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Magic piers? The key is location, location, location

Each year, Mr. Y sweetens his pier like a professional gardener. He strategically sinks around it brush treated with fish attractants, thins the brush out to limit snags, and leaves pockets within the vegetation to dunk his minnows and jigs. He’s rewarded with a scant number of puny crappie. Less than 50 yards away, his neighbor, Mr. Z waddles down to his pier, plunks his posterior in an easy chair and catches crappie after crappie. Mr. Y shakes his head and wonders why.

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July 03 at 10:43 am
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Albemarle/Roanoke stripers downgraded in latest NCDMF report

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ 2014 Stock Status Report reclassifies the Albemarle/Roanoke striped bass stock from “viable” to “concern,” due to biological factors associated with a declining population.

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July 02 at 1:06 pm
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Walleye is surprise catch for Lake Hickory anglers

Two Claremont men reeled in a big surprise on Lake Hickory a month ago, but it was no surprise to biologists. Joshua Franklin caught a walleye while fishing at night for catfish with his friend, Evan Hendershot.

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July 02 at 7:30 am
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North Carolina has a new state record, a salmon?!

A Mills River man has broken the state record for kokanee salmon. Jeff Smith’s 4-pound, 1-ounce fish, caught from Nantahala Lake on June 11, was verified by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and certified this past Friday.

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June 30 at 8:46 am
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