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Warm weather sends big bass flooding into Badin Lake's shallows

The first warm weather of the season has caused a tidal wave of largemouth bass to move into the shallows at Badin Lake, creating a bass bonanza for fishermen.

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March 23 at 7:00 am
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Shearon Harris bass anglers should key on grass for early spring success

Prespawn on Shearon Harris Lake is possibly the best time and place to catch a trophy bass in North Carolina, but only if you’re fishing where the bass are headed. During the spring, bass are on the move, and that can lead fishermen to monumental days followed by dire lows.

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March 20 at 7:37 pm
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Runoff has mixed bag of species biting in lower Cape Fear River

A deluge of runoff has made the Cape Fear River a smorgasbord for inshore fishermen, with Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach having a recent catch of red drum, stripers, a keeper flounder and a largemouth bass near Snow’s Cut.

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March 20 at 7:00 am
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Kerr Lake bass finally headed toward shallows despite cold, stained water

With runoff from snow melt and rain, John H. Kerr Reservoir still has cool water that’s stained to muddy, but guide Tim Wilson of Buffalo Junction, Va., said recent warming days already are starting to push female bass toward shallow water.

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March 19 at 7:30 am
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Lake Norman stripers are blasting Alabama rigs being trolled around steam plant

There's a large sign on the concrete dam at Lake Norman's Marshall Steam Station. Duke Energy makes it clear to "KEEP OFF," but your journey isn't over when you reach the forbidding message. See the sign and you know you’ve reached the spot for large striped bass.

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March 18 at 6:49 am
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Are Jordan Lake crappie ready for big move to shallows?

Jordan Lake’s black crappies are migrating out of deep water and have reached staging areas for the coming spring spawn. Even though the heavy activity is a few days away, anglers such as guide Freddie Sinclair were catching slabs in 15 feet of water this past weekend.

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March 17 at 8:00 am
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Tuna of all colors showing on nice days offshore out of Hatteras

Capt. Steve "Creature" Coulter of Sea Creature Sportfishing in Hatteras said offshore fishing is showing signs of promise and appears to be shaping up for a good spring, with good catches on days when the wind and weather allows trips, including a decent showing of bluefin tuna.

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March 16 at 12:30 pm
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Hendersonville man's huge French Broad muskie might have been record

Neal Osteen of Hendersonville wasn’t exactly surprised when he landed a monstrous, 51 inch muskie from the French Broad River on March 8, but was still overjoyed at landing his best muskie to date.

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March 14 at 7:00 pm
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Howell's new noisy crankbait is drawing plenty of attention.

Randy Howell, the former Lake Gaston bass pro and guide who now lives in Springville, Ala., won the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, and Livingston Lures has rewarded him by naming a crankbait after him: the Livingston Howeller.

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March 12 at 7:00 pm
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Huge Lake Gaston blue catfish narrowly misses state record

What started out as a slow day turned into a fishing trip that the father and son duo of Jon and Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro will never forget. Lake Gaston has spit out its share of big blue catfish, but this past Monday, it almost produced a state record, falling short by 3 pounds when Jon Royce landed an 86-pound behemoth.

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March 12 at 12:30 am
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Senate bill would eliminate ethanol content in fuels

Three U.S. senators have co-sponsored a bill to eliminate the mandate to use corn ethanol in fuels, and early expectations are that the bill – similar to one that was never brought to a vote in the last session – will proceed toward passage.

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March 10 at 12:30 pm
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Shearon Harris guide expects bass to be moving shallow soon

Even though early March has been cold, dreary and wet, it’s when lunker largemouth bass head for staging areas to prepare for the spawn at lakes around the Raleigh-Durham area, especially Shearon Harris.

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March 09 at 12:47 pm
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Poor deer season last fall had mulltiple causes, biologist says

Evin Stanford, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's supervising deer biologist, faced dozens of questions from hunters at the Feb. 26-March 1 Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh, but at least the questions were all similar: “What happened to the deer in my county last year?” Most felt like an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease had wiped out their deer herd, and Stanford said they were correct – but only partially.

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March 06 at 12:30 pm
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Drum, red and black versions, are only Cape Lookout targets thanks to cold

Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the recent weather has affected fishing around Cape Lookout, and not in a positive way. All he’s finding, Lynk said, are drum, and he’s not alone. The cold displaced plenty of fish, and drum are the only ones most fisherman are finding.

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March 05 at 7:30 am
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VIrginia youth's buck wins Dixie Deer Classic's top honor

For sportsmen who battled the elements to attend this past weekend’s Dixie Deer Classic, the trip was worth the effort, especially for those interested in the annual Big Buck Contest, which sent a 10-year-old Virginia boy home with its top prize.

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March 02 at 7:30 pm
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Last year's budget bill gets secret amendment to help deer farmers

A legislative move that prevented scrutiny of a substitute amendment to the 2014 state budget bill has kept alive the potential for more cervid farming and relaxed rules for penned deer.†

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February 27 at 7:30 am
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