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Sabiki rigs working over various Lake Norman species

Lake Norman, like many other reservoirs in North Carolina, has seen major changes in its fish species. Once filled with largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and bream, striped bass were added in the 1960s, followed by blueback herring, alewives and spotted bass – it’s assumed that fishermen brought in these non-natives –and finally, white perch. Fortunately, there’s one rig that will catch nearly every fish that Norman has to offer: the Sabiki rig.

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October 15 at 11:44 am
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Huge wahoo was big surprise for king mackerel fishermen

Three fishermen made the right call when they left the nearshore waters of Beaufort Inlet after trolling for king mackerel on Oct. 3 to head offshore to a piece of livebottom, a spot that produced the fish of a lifetime: a 6-foot wahoo that destroyed a trolled menhaden and strained the scales at 95 pounds.

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October 14 at 7:02 am
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Public hearing on changing deer-farm management is Tuesday in Raleigh

The second of two public hearings will be held on Tuesday night at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s headquarters on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh as the Commission decides whether to allow for an increase in the number of deer farms in North Carolina.

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October 13 at 7:01 pm
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Big reds and inshore species have Brunswick County anglers in fishing heaven

There’s been more than enough rain along the Brunswick County coast this fall to put a damper on inshore fishing, but so far, it hasn’t. Guide Mark Dickson of Shallow-Minded Guide Service said last week’s cold snap appeared to make redfish, flounder and speckled trout even hungrier.

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October 13 at 7:53 am
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Snow Camp hunter is first Bag-A-Buck winner

Jason Carter of Snow Camp, aka “jcarter” has won North Carolina Sportsman’s first monthly Bag-A-Buck contest for 2014 with his entry of a big 8-point buck from Alamance County.

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October 08 at 6:44 am
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Surprising arrival of teal makes for a good early duck season

If often seems that North Carolina’s waterfowl seasons are too early or too late to match up with migrating waterfowl. The birds stall up north due to warm weather or push south in between the staggered seasons, so hunters can’t get to them. But the short opening segment of the season opener broke the mold and put hunters on the Yadkin River right in the middle of the early season migration.

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October 07 at 6:21 am
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South Carolina pro wins BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman


South Carolina bass pro Andy Montgomery sacked his third solid limit of bass on Saturday and won the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman with a three-day total of 37 pounds, 10 ounces.

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October 04 at 7:41 pm
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Try trolling tactics to catch Fontana's great fall fish

In a few weeks, the mountains of western North Carolina will be crawling with leaf watchers who will look up at the beauty and most likely miss the action going on down below at Lake Fontana. Guide James McManus of 153 Charters Fishing spends most of the fall trolling the depths of Fontana and tempting a number of species.

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October 03 at 10:11 am
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Maiden pro takes lead in BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman

David Williams of Maiden leads the BASS Southern Open after the first day on Lake Norman with a five-fish limit that weighed 14 pounds, 1 ounce.

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October 02 at 9:46 pm
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As lake level drops, High Rock catfish are going on a feeding spree

It’s one of the interesting things about High Rock Lake that when the lake level falls, fishing success rises. Maynard Edwards of Yadkin Lakes Guide Service said his clients have been having some tremendous catfish trips as the lake is drawn down for an NCDOT construction project.

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October 02 at 8:54 am
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Hand-carved, custom crankbaits can be great investments for anglers

Fishermen should be as demanding as professional baseball players in choosing their lumber for their sport. Baseball bats must meet certain standards; wooden baits should reflect skilled labor, especially at anywhere from $15 to $25 per bait. Getting your money’s worth from hand-carved baits involves selecting the right wood and scrutinizing its components.

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October 01 at 7:02 pm
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Davie County giant may rank as high as No. 2 among archery non-typicals

Todd Lowe of Mocksville likes the ninth month — a lot. Three years ago, on Sept. 27, 2011, he arrowed the No. 3 non-typical whitetail buck ever taken by an Ohio archer, a 26-pointer that tallied 224 4/8 inches. Last Friday, he hit the jackpot again, taking a huge non-typical from Davie County that may wind up being No. 2 in North Carolina in that category.

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September 30 at 9:41 pm
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NCDMF treading water on JEA, waiting for approval from top NC officials

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has yet to act on an item in the 2014 state budget, apparently because it hasn’t gotten the green light from higher-ups in the government, all of whom have received a letter from 10 Republican legislators asking them to delay action.

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September 29 at 11:18 pm
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Despite dirty, freshwater runoff, speckled trout bite great around Atlantic Beach

Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said that offshore fishing has been great, and despite some dirty water caused by runoff, flounder and sheepshead are biting. But the big surprise is how well speckled trout are dealing with all the runoff.

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September 29 at 4:36 pm
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Regulation change is a good one for disabled-sportsman hunts

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a much-needed change to its popular Tier III permit hunts, allowing for “backup” hunters to take the place of hunters who are drawn for the special hunts but are unable to attend.

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September 25 at 10:12 pm
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N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission chairman dies of apparent heart attack

The chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, Paul Rose of Moyock, passed away on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at age 52.

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September 25 at 4:36 pm
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