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NCDMF treading water on JEA, waiting for approval from top NC officials Despite dirty, freshwater runoff, speckled trout bite great around Atlantic Beach Regulation change is a good one for disabled-sportsman hunts N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission chairman dies of apparent heart attack

Inshore action cranking up around Sneads Ferry, with flounder in the lead

It’s a great time to be fishing in the Sneads Ferry area, according to Capt Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures, because flounder, red drum and speckled trout are all in a fall, feeding mode thanks to some recent cool weather.

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September 25 at 7:52 am
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Davidson County hunter kills enormous non-typical buck with crossbow

The biggest buck ever killed in North Carolina with archery equipment didn’t come from one of the counties normally associated with trophy bucks, but one that’s come to be known more for barbecue, Richard Childress and Bob Timberlake. Last Thursday morning, Steven Davis of the Davidson County town of Welcome killed an enormous buck sprouting sticker points everywhere that will likely wind up measuring somewhere mighty close to 190 inches.

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September 24 at 5:38 pm
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Oak Island fishermen decks 12-pound flounder in Lockwood Folly River

David Derrick of Oak Island targets big flounder in the Lockwood Folly River, and in the fall, he only fishes a few spots – but he fishes them thoroughly. And on Sept. 21, that strategy paid off with a huge flatfish that tugged the scales down to 12 pounds and was 29 inches long and 25 inches in girth.

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September 24 at 8:16 am
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Crossbow involved in North Carolina's first-ever archery related fatality

North Carolina’s first archery-related hunting fatality in history occurred the evening of Sept. 18 in Transylvania County when George Harley Case Jr., 58, of Pisgah Forest died when he was struck by a crossbow bolt fired by a friend who mistook him for a deer.

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September 23 at 7:56 pm
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Learn to run the tide for better fishing success along the coast

Fishermen often use the term “fish the tide,” but there is a little confusion to what it actually means. For some fishermen, it’s a call to fish all of a moving tide, probably in same location. But more often, it’s finding the stage of the tide you want to fish and fish the same stage throughout an area.

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September 23 at 8:15 am
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Lipless crankbaits are latest hot lure for Pamlico Sound's old drum

While searching for artificial alternatives, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity found the versatility of jumbo-sized, lipless crankbaits to be the ticket for enticing full-speed strikes from the jumbo-sized red drum that inhabit the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries during their spawning season.

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September 22 at 9:54 am
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Nearshore trolling just off Cape Lookout has been excellent

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island is pleasantly surprised with the excellent fishing around Cape Lookout; the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are supposed to be there this month, but the false albacore have arrived a little early. The puppy drum and speckled trout are in the surf, tarpon are still a little farther off the beach and king mackerel have moved in. Apparently, the fishing just outside the hook is off the hook.

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September 19 at 6:12 am
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Moore County produces huge buck for archery pro

Bobby Davidson of Sanford has travelled all over the country to kill big bucks as a pro staffer for Mathews Archery – Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Missouri – so who would have thought that his biggest buck of his life would come from family farm in Moore County? But it did: a 169 1/8-inch buck taken on Sunday, Sept. 14.

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September 18 at 6:37 am
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Butner hunter arrows huge Granville County buck on opening day

A Butner man who suffered serious injuries in a fall from a tree stand last year got a measure of revenge on the buck he was hunting that day. And what revenge it was! The 9-point buck, taken this past Saturday on opening day of North Carolina’s statewide archery season, has been rough-scored at 161 inches in full velvet.

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September 16 at 9:00 pm
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Oops! We ran the wrong hunting regulations!

Oops! We messed up in the October issue of the magazine, inadvertently running the wrong hunting regulations.

Click here to see the correct hunting regulations.

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September 16 at 8:24 pm
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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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