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Kerr Lake slabs already moving back into big creeks, awaiting warm weather

The arctic blast that swallowed up much of North Carolina may have frozen crappie in their tracks, but rest assured the clock is ticking on a big move to shallower water before the spawn. Guide Chris Bullock of Fountain is already finding fish staging in the backs of major creeks on Kerr Lake, and he’s ready to start spider-rigging as soon as warmer weather returns.

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February 25 at 6:51 am
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Vocal supporter of deer-farming has been arrested

A man arrested in Wake County earlier this month for obtaining property by false pretenses in Stanly County is a long-time supporter of the North Carolina Deer Farmers Association’s legislative attempts to relax import-export rules for captive cervids and allow more cervid farms in the state.

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February 24 at 12:30 pm
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UNC-Charlotte pair wins Bassmaster College Classic

Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker, students at the UNC-Charlotte, made college bass-fishing history Sunday by adding the 2015 Bassmaster College Classic title to add to their National Championship title.

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February 24 at 7:13 am
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SC pro Casey Ashley wins Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, his home lake

This time, Mighty Casey didn’t strike out. Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old bass pro from Donalds, S.C., hit a homerun on Sunday, fishing on his home water, to the cheers of an adoring, hometown crowd, winning the Bassmaster Classic with a great final-day catch of better than 20 pounds.

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February 22 at 6:48 pm
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Omori leads tight Bassmaster Classic pack entering final day on Hartwell

The final day of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all, with a handful of former champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp. Takahiro Omori, a Japanese angler who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.

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February 21 at 7:52 pm
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Gray misses Bassmaster Classic cut despite six fish on six casts

How crazy can bass fishing be? Brandon Gray of Bulloch found out on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.

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February 21 at 7:15 pm
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Arizona pro burns up the field in frigid Bassmaster Classic

Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the Bassmaster Classic, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?

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February 20 at 8:09 pm
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North Carolina pro is well back after opening round of Bassmasters Classic

There’s deep, and there’s DEEP. That’s how pro bass fisherman Brandon Gray felt after Friday’s first day of the Bassmasters Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. How deep should he have fished?

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February 20 at 7:50 pm
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Guide says 2014 trout closure has been a boon for Neuse River specks

Joe Ward of FlyDaddy Charters in New Bern is looking at the closure of speckled trout fishing last year as a godsend – a key factor in the excellent fishing that anglers have enjoyed along the Neuse River since the season re-opened last Sunday. And in the past couple of weeks, trout have been biting consistently, with a mixture of small and large fish.

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February 20 at 7:56 am
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Gray hopes Buggs Island background helps out in Hartwell Bassmaster Classic

At 56,000 acres, Lake Hartwell is a little bigger than Brandon Gray’s home lake, Buggs Island, aka Kerr Reservoir. And it’s a little bit clearer, and it’s got spotted bass. But there are enough similarities that Gray believes he can feel confident in what he’s doing when he blasts off on Friday morning in the Bassmaster Classic.

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February 19 at 7:00 pm
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Newport angler's son wins Key West tournament with possible record king

Charlie Cone of Newport was looking for a little downtime three weeks ago when he headed to Key West, Fla., to fish the Stock Island Marina Village King Mackerel Tournament with his son, Chris, who is station at Key West in the U.S. Coast Guard. It turned out to be a great trip all the way around, as the Cones won the tournament with a 78.66-pound fish that is set a tournament record, is the biggest fish ever caught in a Southern Kingfish Association-sanctioned tournament, and is a pending IGFA line-class world record.

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February 18 at 7:15 pm
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Hold onto that hard-earned money; build your own homemade downrigger

With striped bass, hybrid bass, spotted bass and white bass in many North Carolina lakes, downriggers have become standard equipment to get baits down to these open-water fish, but they aren’t a poor-man’s fishing tool, with most systems costing more than $200. To fish deep without going into debt, consider a do-it-yourself downrigger that can be assembled in about 20 minutes with materials likely at hand.†

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February 18 at 7:19 am
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Commission postpones four public meetings because of weather

Due to anticipated inclement weather across North Carolina, a handful of public meetings scheduled for discussion of fishery and wildlife issues have been postponed, but a meeting to discuss the replacement of an important buoy off Wrightsville Beach will remain on schedule for Tuesday night.

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February 16 at 6:33 pm
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Commission, NWTF will hold turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering 16 free turkey hunting seminars across North Carolina in March and April before spring gobbler season arrives.†

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February 12 at 7:00 am
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House gets bill to overhaul Renewable Fuel Standards, kill E-15 expansion

A bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on Feb. 4 to overhaul the current Renewable Fuel Standard regulations and its outdated ethanol mandates.†

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February 11 at 7:00 pm
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Lower Roanoke River striper fishing continues to be super hot

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said striper fishing in the lower Roanoke River is good, really good, and unless there is a drastic change, he anticipates the action to remain hot for when the keeper season opens on March 1.†

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February 11 at 7:30 am
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