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Gastonia angler lands 9 1/4-pound brown trout in South Carolina lake

Each spring, die-hard anglers look forward to brown and rainbow trout returning to the main-lake area of Lake Jocassee. The first few weeks of the return are a great time to catch trophy sized trout, and guide Sam Jones said he realized the return was in progress when one of his clients, Tony Hale, of Gastonia, N.C., reeled in a 9-pound, 4-ounce brown trout on Saturday, April 18.

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April 21 at 7:00 pm
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Longline trolling in Lake Wylie's creeks producing great catches of crappie

The crappie fishing at Lake Wylie has been hot and cold this spring – just like the weather – but one crappie fishermen has the formula to produce plenty of action.†Mike Parrott of Charlotte said that late April is a prime time for longline trolling to find crappie as they move through the creeks, and the fishing is excellent.

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April 21 at 7:00 am
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Commission has plan to meet stocking goals in wake of hatchery trout kill

Responding to the recent fish kill at the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in McDowell County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout as scheduled in 2015.†

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April 18 at 7:00 pm
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Huge numbers of nice whiting have moved into lower Cape Fear River

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said the whiting bite in the lower Cape Fear River is about as good as it gets, and pieces of shrimp are all it takes to get bit. Whiting aren't generally considered a gamefish, but few fishermen will admit to not liking them rolled in their favorite breader and introduced to some hot peanut oil. Fishermen are taking the tasty fish home in excellent numbers.

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April 17 at 7:30 am
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Sportsman will partner with North Carolina-based outdoors TV show

North Carolina Sportsman is excited to announce a partnership with Pass’n it on Outdoors. Between both television and publication, we are working together to promote hunting, fshing and the other wonderful opportunities our state offers.

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April 16 at 12:30 pm
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Bill in N.C. House would have wide-ranging effects on hunting

Rep. Jimmy Dixon (R-Duplin/Wayne) has introduced a bill that could change and add to responsibilities of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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April 16 at 7:09 am
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Crappie spawning in waves on Raleigh-Durham area's three big lakes

It began as a trickle four weeks ago, but now the crappie spawn is coming in waves each day at the Raleigh-Durham area’s top big reservoirs: Jordan, Falls of the Neuse and Shearon Harris.

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April 15 at 7:00 pm
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Take David Fritts' tips and catch more fish on a crankbait

At a recent open house at Angler’s Choice in Lexington, pro fisherman David Fritts discussed how to retrieve crankbaits to get more strikes from bass. The winner of the 1993 Bassmaster Classic and 1994 BASS Angler of the Year, Fritts said there’s more to successful crankbait fishing than casting a lure and bringing it the back to the boat.†

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April 14 at 7:00 pm
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Three Marion men arrested in vandalism of fish hatchery

Three men from Marion were arrested on Monday and charged in the April 4 vandalism of the Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County that resulted in the killing of more than 150,000 rainbow trout.

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April 14 at 12:38 pm
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Bill to allow gun hunting on Sundays is introduced in state senate

Sen. E.S. "Buck" Newton, a Republican who represents Johnston, Nash and Wilson Counties, has filed a bill in the state senate that would allow gun hunting on Sundays on private property and possibly on public lands.

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April 13 at 12:30 pm
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False albacore, Atlantic bonito make first showing of year off Cape Lookout

The first false albacore and Atlantic bonito of the spring have arrived in the waters off Cape Lookout, and they're attacking small lures and jigs and making reel-screaming runs on light spinning tackle. Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the action is intense once a school of the small members of the tuna family are located.††

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April 10 at 1:00 pm
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Two Lenoir County triplets double up on huge gobblers

Two out of three ain’t bad, especially if one of them is really special. That’s got to be the way that David Moore of Kinston is feeling after two of his three 13-year-old triplet sons, Will and Joel, killed monster Lenoir County gobblers on April 4, the opening day of North Carolina’s week-long youth-only turkey season – with Joel’s bird being a rare, “smoke phase” gobbler.

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April 10 at 7:00 am
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Commission breaks ground on public shooting range in Cleveland County

With a symbolic turn of earth from 15 shovels, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners officially broke ground Monday for a new, state-of-the-art public shooting range just north of Shelby.†

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April 09 at 7:00 pm
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Know your knots and tie them correctly before targeting big cats, stripers

With spring here and summer approaching, more and more anglers will be targeting stripers and magnum-size catfish in North Carolina’s rivers and lakes, and an important part of landing big fish without fear of losing them is understanding the best knots and line strengths and how those two factors are related. Few things in fishing are more frustrating than battling a big-shouldered fish, only to lose it when a knot falls apart.

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April 09 at 6:48 am
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Commission trying to make up for 150,000 trout killed in hatchery vandalism

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is exploring a lot of options as it attempts to replace around 150,000 trout that died after vandalism at the agency’s Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County over Easter weekend.

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April 08 at 7:00 pm
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Commission asks hunters to donate lower legs of turkeys killed for research

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking the assistance of turkey hunters for a study of North Carolina’s wild turkey population and a disease that affects turkeys during the April 11-May 9 spring gobbler season.

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April 08 at 1:00 pm
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