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Topwater redfish bite has been great in lower Cape Fear River

Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach said that topwater action on redfish and speckled trout has been good in the Cape Fear River between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island, surprisingly so considering what the river looks like – dirty with runoff after a wet summer.

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August 27 at 6:23 am
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Light Texas rigs are the ticket for bass at Randleman

When the weather turns sultry, it’s critical to know which terminal tackle will get the best results when bass fishing on big reservoirs. This year, according to guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville, go light. The relatively cool summer has put a new twist on the accepted heavy-weight approach to bass fishing in deep water.

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August 26 at 8:24 am
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Topwater bass bite has been consistently good at Shearon Harris

The lake with the most-consistent largemouth bass bite in the Raleigh-Durham area should be no surprise – Shearon Harris Lake.

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August 24 at 9:43 pm
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Wahoo bite has started early off Cape Lookout

The fall wahoo fishing off Atlantic Beach has gotten off to an early start, according to Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing, who isn’t sure what has caused this good fortune be said the cooler-than-usual summer probably fits into the mix.

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August 23 at 7:27 pm
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Jordan Lake crappie biting in deep water along New Hope channel

One angler who doesn’t need any convincing that Jordan Lake’s crappie fishery has returned to prominence is Freddie Sinclair, a guide from Clayton. He said slabs have recovered nicely from the 2011 fish kill and are biting along the main New Hope Creek channel in deeper water. 

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August 22 at 12:47 pm
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Surprise! Cooler weather returns bass to deep water at High Rock

Throughout a sizzling July, the offshore bite for bass at High Rock Lake was almost non-existent, much to the chagrin of crankbait and Carolina-rig fishermen, as fish snuggled tight to the piers in less than 5 feet of water, hitting jigs and plastics flipped their way. Then along came August and surprisingly cooler temperatures and the unexpected happened. The offshore bite reappeared, catching most fishermen by surprise.

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August 21 at 7:07 am
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Turn that hook around and fish that plastic shrimp more naturally

Guide Noak Lynk of Harkers Islands has noticed for a while that rigs that use soft-plastic, artificial shrimp, don’t exactly match what nature presents.

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August 20 at 7:53 am
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Charlotte teen catches state-record green sunfish

It was a team effort that landed Victoria Navaroli a state-record fish from a private pond in Creston. In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with a quarter of a night crawler and then handed his fishing rod to her. Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish.

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August 19 at 7:08 am
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Yadkin County hunter-ed team wins national championship

The Yadkin Patriots from Forbush Middle School in Yadkin County took top honors in the nation as junior champions at the 29th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a week-long shooting and outdoors skills competition held in late July in Mansfield, Pa.

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August 18 at 6:54 pm
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High Point teen decks trophy king mackerel at Oak Island Pier

There’s little doubt that 13-year-old T.J. Farrington of High Point will remember the first king mackerel of his pier-fishing career – because it was a real smoker. Farrington decked a 42-pound, 10-ounce king on the Oak Island Pier last week, the biggest from the pier this year and the biggest in several years.

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August 14 at 11:35 am
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Neuse River is a great summer destination for flathead lovers

Want to beat the heat this summer and have a chance to catch a potential record fish? First, load a skiff with plenty of lighting equipment for after-dark fishing, a couple of cinder-block anchors, eight or nine heavy baitcasting outfits spooled with 50-pound monofilmament, some Carolina and Santee rigs and about 30 eating-sized bluegills in the livewell, plus insect repellant. Then trailer it to the Neuse River in Wayne, Lenoir or Craven counties where the giant flathead catfish live.

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August 12 at 1:08 pm
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Big flounder making plenty of waves in Wrightsville Beach area

Tex Grissom of Tex’s Tackle in Wilmington said the fishing is pretty good around Wrightsville Beach from the backwaters to the Gulf Stream, but flounder fishing has been especially good, especially for big fish.

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August 11 at 4:56 pm
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A slice of surgical tubing can keep your hooks in line

If you’re like many anglers, you have scads of hooks for different types of fishing because our finny targets have variable-size mouths. They’re usually stored in different compartments in tackle boxes, and it’s likely that a good bump going down the road or down the lake will shake things up, leaving hooks in a big tangle the next time you need one particular size and style. That’s where guide Joel Richardson and a length of surgical tubing come into play.

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August 09 at 6:26 pm
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Sportsmen are winners in state budget bill signed Thursday

The budget bill passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday included a few victories for sportsmen and fishermen in confrontations between the N.C. House and N.C. Senate, both controlled by Republicans.

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August 08 at 7:37 pm
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Knot instructions: How to tie an improved clinch knot

The improved clinch knot is probably one of the first knots an angler learns, and is a quick, easy way to make a strong connection between line and hook.

Read the instructions below, then watch the accompanying video for great step-by-step visuals.

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August 08 at 7:27 am
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Commercial fishing groups take aim at feds, state over sea turtles

The North Carolina Fisheries Association  and the Carteret County Fisherman’s Association filed suit in Raleigh on Aug. 5 against several state and federal agencies, citing violations of the Endangered Species Act in regards to protecting sea turtles. This action followed a March 5 letter notifying the agencies they were planning to initiate the suit.   

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August 07 at 1:28 pm
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