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Try these three lures for after-dark bass in North Carolina

If the blistering sun has you running for cover, then bass fishing after dark is for you. William Small, who organizes night tournaments at Falls of the Neuse Lake, targets bass as they transition to the more shallow water from the points and ledges where they spend the daylight hours. When he’s fishing at night, he has three lures he won’t leave the dock without.

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July 17 at 3:25 pm
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Move around and use live bait for best Brunswick County action

The heat of summer has arrived and along with it has come steady, if not spectacular, fishing along the Brunswick County coast. According to Capt. Mike Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, fishermen willing to move around and fish for several species can expect a good, mixed-bag catch.

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July 17 at 7:34 am
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Spanish mackerel will really respond if you flip them a bird

Since May, many fishermen have been targeting Spanish mackerel, particularly off the beaches from Oak Island to the South Carolina line, and the good fishing will last into September. If you’re a novice and want to get in on the action – and have a better chance of success – try “teasing” fish with a “bird.”

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July 16 at 7:58 am
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Sen. Hagan's Sportsman's Bill dies in Senate from political infighting

The Bipartisan Sportsman’s bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), died in the U.S. Senate last Thursday, a victim of senators attaching politically charged amendments onto a piece of legislation that got glowing reviews in both houses of Congress and support across-the-board from sportsman’s groups.

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July 15 at 6:31 pm
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Inshore bite has been great around Swansboro for flounder, reds

According to Capt. Rick Patterson of Cape Crusader Charters in Cape Carteret, summer has been good for fishing along the Crystal Coast. A variety of fish are being caught in nearshore and inshore waters, and flounder and red drum lead the catches.

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July 10 at 12:54 pm
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Weedless spoons? Don't leave home for saltwater without them.

Most saltwater fishermen have an array of soft plastics, jigheads, topwater plugs and floating- or popping-cork rigs in their tackle boxes, but often, one of the most-important and productive lures is missing: weedless spoons.

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July 09 at 7:04 am
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Breeding survey predicts improved duck numbers this year.

Waterfowl hunters have plenty to cheer about in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on duck breeding populations that was released late last week. Surveys conducted in May and early June show an 8-percent increase in the number of breeding ducks over last year.

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July 08 at 7:34 am
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Topwater baits producing plenty of reds, specks around Sneads Ferry

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures in Sneads Ferry said the inshore fishing is as hot as the weather, and that the summer heat has fired up flounder, red drum and speckled trout in the area.  

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July 06 at 11:03 pm
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Magic piers? The key is location, location, location

Each year, Mr. Y sweetens his pier like a professional gardener. He strategically sinks around it brush treated with fish attractants, thins the brush out to limit snags, and leaves pockets within the vegetation to dunk his minnows and jigs. He’s rewarded with a scant number of puny crappie. Less than 50 yards away, his neighbor, Mr. Z waddles down to his pier, plunks his posterior in an easy chair and catches crappie after crappie. Mr. Y shakes his head and wonders why.

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July 03 at 10:43 am
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Albemarle/Roanoke stripers downgraded in latest NCDMF report

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ 2014 Stock Status Report reclassifies the Albemarle/Roanoke striped bass stock from “viable” to “concern,” due to biological factors associated with a declining population.

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July 02 at 1:06 pm
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Walleye is surprise catch for Lake Hickory anglers

Two Claremont men reeled in a big surprise on Lake Hickory a month ago, but it was no surprise to biologists. Joshua Franklin caught a walleye while fishing at night for catfish with his friend, Evan Hendershot.

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July 02 at 7:30 am
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North Carolina has a new state record, a salmon?!

A Mills River man has broken the state record for kokanee salmon. Jeff Smith’s 4-pound, 1-ounce fish, caught from Nantahala Lake on June 11, was verified by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and certified this past Friday.

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June 30 at 8:46 am
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New River smallmouth drawing anglers to mountains to beat the heat

With summer causing fishermen and others to look for an escape from the heat, North Carolina’s foothills and mountains offer plenty in the form of smallmouth bass and mountain trout. And according to one guide, the smallmouth fishing in the New River is starting to peak.

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June 27 at 8:43 am
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Flounder on the up-tick around Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach

Flounder fishing is beginning to pick up around Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, according to Capt. Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Charters, who said calm, summer weather is making it easy to get out and fish.

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June 26 at 7:33 am
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House bill would move management of captive deer to NCDA

A section of the proposed 2014 House budget would transfer management authority over deer farming from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Senate budget doesn’t include the proposal and both bodies currently are “reconciling” their versions.

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June 25 at 3:42 pm
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Make sure you're spot on with mackerel identification

Is that a king mackerel of a Spanish mackerel you’re about to slide into your cooler? It might not quite be the $64,000 question, but it is one that could be expensive for fishermen if they make the wrong guess. The cost of court for having an undersize king mackerel is significant, and there is always the possibility of a hefty fine.

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June 25 at 7:33 am
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