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Two methods are putting Moss Lake crappie in the boat

Moss Lake is giving up some nice-sized crappie, and in big numbers to anglers who don’t mind starting their day early. David Darby of Light Oak said going early and fishing in 12 to 15 feet of water is the trick to catching a limit of crappie before lunchtime.†

“I lived for 40 years right down the road from Moss Lake and never fished it, but I’ve been hearing reports on the crappie fishing for several years now, and decided to finally try it last fall. It was outstanding, and I am starting a little early this year, but I’ve been catching plenty as long as I start early and can keep my baits around brush in 12 to 15 feet of water,” said Darby.

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September 02 at 2:41 pm
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Permit-only waterfowl hunts are available for North Carolina hunters

With North Carolina’s waterfowl season right around the corner, now is the time for outdoorsmen to apply for permit waterfowl hunts. Oct 1 is the deadline for most of these hunts, and applications can be obtained from Wildlife Service Agents, online at the NC Wildlife website, or by calling (888) 248-6834 during normal business hours.

This season, the coastal region offers two new waterfowl hunting options. Thanks to the Wildlife Resource Commission’s Game Land Program, hunters have an additional tract of hunting land called the Texas Plantation Tract, which is located in Tyrrell County and governed by J. Morgan Futch Game Land. This adds six hunting blinds on waterfowl impoundments.

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September 01 at 12:29 pm
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Learn the basics of bowhunting

Danny Viverette of Apex hunted deer with firearms for more than 30 years until deciding he wanted a different challenge and returned to hunting with a bow.

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September 01 at 9:29 am
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Summer bass may be deep, but look for shallower cover where they feed

During summer, largemouth bass on big impoundments usually hang out in deep, cool water where the oxygen level provides comfort. But another key to finding hot-weather bass is locating baitfish, usually threadfin shad, sunfish or small bluegills.

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August 31 at 7:00 pm
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Gimme those baitfish-crunchin' thermocline-huggin' blues

Contrary to popular belief, blue catfish are not just bottom-feeders. †Once the lowest layer of water is depleted of oxygen in late summer, big blues have to change their game plan. Guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro consistently puts them in the boat by suspending cut bait with slip bobbers. Follow his tips to dial in on the thermocline bite.†

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August 31 at 7:00 am
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Commission restricts weaponry on 157 acres of Butner-Falls of Neuse GL

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission approved on Thursday a proposal to re-designate approximately 157 acres on the Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land to an Archery Zone, Gun Free Zone, and a Restricted Firearms Zone.

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August 29 at 8:00 am
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State sets duck, goose seasons at meeting in Raleigh on Thursday

North Carolina waterfowl hunters will get their usual three-part season for ducks this fall and winter, along with two youth-only days and an extended season for snow and other light geese as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set seasons on Thursday at its meeting in Raleigh.

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August 28 at 7:00 am
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Influx of bait has caused late-season inshore surge around Southport

The calendar says it’s August, with fall a month away, but Jimmy Price at Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said fish are already acting like it’s fall.

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August 28 at 12:30 am
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Trout fishing in mountain streams approaching late-summer peak

Trout anglers can experience good-to-great fishing now through November in North Carolina’s high country, according to a Bryson City guide.

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August 27 at 6:30 pm
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Add planer boards to your catfishing arsenal, High Rock guide suggests

Lexington’s Maynard Edwards, a veteran High Rock Lake guide, is always tinkering with new ideas to catch fish. This month, he came up with a doozy.†I know a lot of people have started using planer boards to catch striped bass, but I think hardly anyone’s used planer boards for catfish — until now,” he said.

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August 26 at 7:00 pm
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Four steps for catching more big late-summer, spawning reds

Few fisheries get an angler’s blood pumping like spawning red drum in the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries. While many of these big fish are already being hoisted for glory shots, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity’s Fish IBX Charters, said the best is yet to come. Find out what to look for and how to close the deal by following his tips.

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August 26 at 8:14 am
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Legislators, DENR chief sidetrack Marine Fisheries Commission flounder vote

Donald R. van der Vaart, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, caved in to the demands of a coalition of 13 legislators and scuttled a scheduled vote on needed reform in North Carolina’s flounder fishery last week when he directed the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to postpone the vote.

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August 25 at 6:30 pm
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Lake Gaston spits out another huge blue catfish

Refusing to be ignored as one of North Carolina's premier trophy catfish destinations, Lake Gaston unveiled another monster last Friday. †Shortly after breaking off one huge fish, Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro rallied his efforts to overpower a massive 81-pound blue cat that he released.

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August 25 at 12:30 pm
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Two big kings make great escapes on North Carolina piers, but not for long

Plenty of fish stories are about the big one that got away, but there aren’t too many about the big one that got away and was still caught. But a couple of fishermen at opposite ends of North Carolina’s coast got lucky on Aug. 14 when trophy sized king mackerel pulled escape acts and were still landed – even though it took a while.

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August 24 at 8:23 am
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Spanish, bluefish crashing baits on Cape Lookout shoals

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said schools of hungry 3- to 5-pound bluefish and 2- to 4-pound Spanish mackerel are all over the Cape Lookout shoals, ready to pounce on any lure that swims past.

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August 20 at 8:12 am
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Black drum bite remains great between Ocean Isle and Little River

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters said much of the fishing in the creeks and marshes of lower Brunswick County has been unpredictable this summer, but the black drum bite has been freakishly consistent.†

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August 14 at 12:30 pm
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