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Shad run in Cape Fear River is in full gear

The shad run is in high gear on the Cape Fear River, and Capt. Allen Cain of Sightfish NC is boating big numbers of American shad on fly and ultralight tackle at Lock and Dam No.1 near Rieglewood.

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April 11 at 5:57 am
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Stripers, specks are on the feed in Tar, Pamlico rivers

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said two weeks of warm weather had done wonders for the fishing in the Tar and Pamlico rivers. The stars of the show have been stripers, which everyone expects to see moving upriver in April, and speckled trout, which were a question mark to many after the January trout kill in the Pungo River. 

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April 09 at 12:02 pm
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Clearer water means better striper fishing at High Rock

Robert and Tyler Moss and Morgan Holcomb, all from Trinity, got sassy with High Rock stripers this past Saturday near the mouth of Abbotts Creek during the Tarheel Striper Club tournament. They used white and chartreuse Sassy Shad in conjunction with downriggers to boat five quality stripers that were feeding on shad in 15 to 20 feet of water around the mouth of the creek.

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April 08 at 12:03 pm
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Taylorsville man cashes in on New Zealand stag hunt

Shannon Lyndon won an all-expenses-paid hunt for New Zealand red stag in 2012, and after two years of waiting, he cashed in for a spot-and-stalk hunt on March 24.

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April 08 at 6:02 am
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Guided trip on Lake Gaston results in catch of smallmouth bass

Don Enderle of Tri-Lakes Guide Service has led boatloads of clients to great catches of striped bass in his 25 years on Lake Gaston, but even he was surprised when a scoop with his landing net produced a citation smallmouth bass on March 26. 

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April 07 at 8:59 am
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Warm-water discharge has Belews Lake bass headed to the spawn

Largemouth bass are at all stages of the spawn at Belews Lake, and that suits Kernersville guide Joel Richardson just fine. He can use a variety of lures and techniques to target whichever group of fish are most active

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April 05 at 12:04 pm
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Carolina Beach fishing ready to take off with a few more warm days

Capt. Lewis Emery of Carolina Beach said fishing isn’t wide open yet, but he’s  certainly seeing a good sample of what is to come, and he expects to see steady improvement.

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April 04 at 6:01 pm
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Fishing in Atlantic Beach area is improving daily

Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said he is getting good reports of improved fishing here and there, and with a good forecast for the next 10 days, he expects spring fishing to really improve.

 

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April 03 at 6:02 pm
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Find warmer water in creeks for best Lake Gaston striper action

The pace of striped bass fishing on Lake Gaston is picking up, and Don Enderle of Tri-Lakes Guide Service is trolling to find feeding fish in creeks with slightly warmer water.

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April 02 at 6:02 am
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Southern Kingfish Association closes its doors

The Southern Kingfish Association (SKA), sanctioning body of the Mercury Kingfish Trail and promoter of the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour, has shut down. SKA members and tournament directors received e-mails on March 26 from managing partner Jack Holmes stating the organization would cease operations immediately. The notice cited dwindling participation, reduced sponsorships and increased operation costs as the reasons for the decision.

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April 01 at 6:01 am
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Try the Dan, Yadkin rivers for prespawn smallmouth bass

Many North Carolina fishermen like to target smallmouth bass, but often the lakes in the western part of the state have fish that are tough to find and even tougher to catch. If you’re looking for bronzebacks on red alert for food sources 24/7, you’d have a hard time matching, much less surpassing, two rivers in the northern Piedmont.

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March 26 at 4:30 pm
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Cape Fear bottomfish biting -- if you can get offshore

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said he hasn’t been able to get to the bottomfish off Cape Fear until he caught a calm, warm day recently and found that the fish were where they were supposed to be – and hungry, too. He filled his cooler with a mixture of black sea bass, grunts and porgies, and he caught plenty of grouper and red snapper that he had to release because seasons are closed.

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March 25 at 8:24 am
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Concord fisherman strikes it rich at Badin Lake

Concord’s Maurice Freeze targeted the muddiest water he could find Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament at Badin Lake. Freeze weighed in a five-fish limit, one of only 10 limits taken by the 98 boaters in the event, that totaled 19 ˝ pounds, to take the first-place prize of $3,756. He also won manufacturer’s bonuses totaling $2,300.

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March 24 at 7:44 am
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Swimbaits, crankbaits produce huge catch of bass at Hyco Lake

Jimmy and James Wall of Greensboro found an unusual fishing pattern on March 15 at Hyco Lake, a Duke Energy impoundment in Person County, and they landed one of the most impressive sacks of largemouth bass seen this spring in a Piedmont Bass Classic tournament.

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March 22 at 9:05 am
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Schools of red drum are showing up in surf from Beaufort Inlet north

Fishermen have been creative about finding ways to enjoy the stretches of pretty days between the bouts of harsh winter weather that have been bombarding the coast since Late January. Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island hopes spring brings general warming and extended periods of nice weather, but he has found some red drum in the surf and has been chasing them from land and by boat.

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March 21 at 6:01 am
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Small-boat anglers cruising to plenty of bass on Ramseur Lake

At Ramseur Lake, smart anglers downsize boats and go electric for big bass from a small reservoir. Doug McNeill and Andy Futrell are fishing buddies from Moore County who fish in a bass club that only allows electric trolling motors. Last Saturday, a couple of days before St. Patrick’s Day, the pair practiced for a tournament on the 127-acre reservoir in eastern Randolph County.

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March 20 at 6:01 am
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