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Spoon-feed those bass as fall approaches and fish key in on shad

We’re approaching the fall fishing season, and many largemouth bass anglers await its coming with great anticipation. Why? Because bass do lots of the same things they do in the spring without the spawning activity. Their movements are largely triggered by the movements of threadfin shad, one of their favorite foods, and when shad head up in creeks and into shallow water, they follow.

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September 16 at 7:09 am
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Feds will close recreational season on several porgy species on Sept. 17

Federal fisheries managers announced last Friday that the recreational season for a number of species in the popular porgy family will close on Sept. 17 and not reopen until Jan. 1, 2015.

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September 15 at 1:13 pm
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Latest attempt to curtail commercial sale of red drum may have hit snag

An attempt by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to curtail the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters lost a lot of its punch last week when officials with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries determined that new restrictions might very well violate state statutes.

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September 15 at 12:21 pm
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Inshore grand slam a real possibility for Topsail Island anglers

As fantastic fall fishing looms on the horizon, Capt. Wayne Crisco of Hampstead says there’s no need to wait for cooling water temperatures to put together the coveted “inshore slam” of speckled trout, flounder, and redfish in the backwaters of Topsail Island.

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September 12 at 5:53 am
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Flounder, reds are biting up a storm around Brunswick County inlets

September weather can be cool one day and sweltering the next, but fortunately, that hasn’t been bothering the fishing, according to Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, who said redfish and flounder have really been biting.

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September 11 at 12:20 pm
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Duke Energy denies spraying chemicals on aquatic grass at Shearon Harris

Anecdotal evidence sometimes points toward the truth, and sometimes it is just, well, anecdotal. That may be the case in the tale of Duke Energy’s attempts to spray and kill the aquatic grass in Shearon Harris Lake. Despite what it might look like to some, they likely didn’t happen.

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September 09 at 9:42 pm
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Warmer water has New River smallmouth bass back on their feed

Smallmouth bass fishing in the New River has been tough this year for a variety of reasons, but now it’s apparently back on track.

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September 08 at 1:12 pm
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Virginia teen breaks North Carolina record with 32-pound skipjack tuna

Matthew Kelly, a 16-year-old from Chesapeake, Va. thinks every fishing trip with his father, Patrick, is special, but the one Labor Day Weekend was just a little more special. That’s when he reeled in a 32-pound skipjack tuna that is likely a North Carolina state record and potentially an All Tackle IFGA Youth World Record.

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September 07 at 9:45 pm
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Timberlake Gallery to showcase series of outdoor prints at open house

The Bob Timberlake Gallery in Lexington will hold a Sportsman’s Open House on Saturday, Sept. 13, to celebrate the release of a collector’s set of prints featuring outdoor scenes, with the proceeds from the sale of one print going to the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation.

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September 05 at 2:59 pm
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Black mat algae has taken over Tuckertown Lake. Is Shearon Harris next?

A threatening black menace continues to encroach upon the fisheries at Tuckertown and Shearon Harris lakes. The moss-like growth cloaks shoreline cover, leaves floating deposits of itself, and stinks up the place.

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September 05 at 1:45 pm
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Big drum bite on in Pamlico River, Pamlico Sound; specks to follow?

Capt. Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Washington said the Neuse River isn’t the only place in North Carolina that gets a lot of large red drum in the late summer. The fishing in the Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound has been great, and on Wednesday, he had two anglers on a charter who caught 13 of the big fish.

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September 04 at 8:16 am
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North Carolina hunters get 3-part waterfowl season for 2014-15

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and other regulations for the upcoming waterfowl and falconry seasons.

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September 02 at 9:50 pm
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Goose hunters, shall we gather at the river?

Which would you rather shoot this September: 15 birds that weigh a total of five pounds or 15 birds that each weigh 10 pounds apiece? North Carolina’s early season for Canada geese began Sept. 1, a day that many hunters opted to spend in the dove field. 

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September 02 at 7:45 am
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State closes loophole that will further restrict commercial sale of red drum

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries took a major step Thursday toward curtailing the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters when Executive Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation that takes effect Sept. 1 when the 2014-15 netting season opens. The proclamation said the daily amount of “by-catch” red drum that can be sold will drop from 10 to seven fish, and  netters must sell their reds at the same time and place as they sell targeted species such as bluefish, flounder, mullet and spotted seatrout.

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August 29 at 1:05 pm
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Spoon-feeding crappie proving productive on Kerr Lake

Kerr Lake is a big reservoir that boasts some big crappie, and guide Chris Bullock of Fountain reports that citation-sized slabs are being plucked from brush piles using two of his favorite techniques: casting jigs and jigging small spoons.

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August 29 at 5:43 am
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Topwater redfish bite has been great in lower Cape Fear River

Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach said that topwater action on redfish and speckled trout has been good in the Cape Fear River between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island, surprisingly so considering what the river looks like – dirty with runoff after a wet summer.

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August 27 at 6:23 am
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