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Influx of bait has caused late-season inshore surge around Southport

The calendar says it’s August, with fall a month away, but Jimmy Price at Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said fish are already acting like it’s fall.

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August 28 at 12:30 am
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Trout fishing in mountain streams approaching late-summer peak

Trout anglers can experience good-to-great fishing now through November in North Carolina’s high country, according to a Bryson City guide.

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August 27 at 6:30 pm
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Add planer boards to your catfishing arsenal, High Rock guide suggests

Lexington’s Maynard Edwards, a veteran High Rock Lake guide, is always tinkering with new ideas to catch fish. This month, he came up with a doozy.†I know a lot of people have started using planer boards to catch striped bass, but I think hardly anyone’s used planer boards for catfish — until now,” he said.

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August 26 at 7:00 pm
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Four steps for catching more big late-summer, spawning reds

Few fisheries get an angler’s blood pumping like spawning red drum in the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries. While many of these big fish are already being hoisted for glory shots, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity’s Fish IBX Charters, said the best is yet to come. Find out what to look for and how to close the deal by following his tips.

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August 26 at 8:14 am
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Legislators, DENR chief sidetrack Marine Fisheries Commission flounder vote

Donald R. van der Vaart, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, caved in to the demands of a coalition of 13 legislators and scuttled a scheduled vote on needed reform in North Carolina’s flounder fishery last week when he directed the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to postpone the vote.

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August 25 at 6:30 pm
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Lake Gaston spits out another huge blue catfish

Refusing to be ignored as one of North Carolina's premier trophy catfish destinations, Lake Gaston unveiled another monster last Friday. †Shortly after breaking off one huge fish, Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro rallied his efforts to overpower a massive 81-pound blue cat that he released.

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August 25 at 12:30 pm
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Two big kings make great escapes on North Carolina piers, but not for long

Plenty of fish stories are about the big one that got away, but there aren’t too many about the big one that got away and was still caught. But a couple of fishermen at opposite ends of North Carolina’s coast got lucky on Aug. 14 when trophy sized king mackerel pulled escape acts and were still landed – even though it took a while.

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August 24 at 8:23 am
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Spanish, bluefish crashing baits on Cape Lookout shoals

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said schools of hungry 3- to 5-pound bluefish and 2- to 4-pound Spanish mackerel are all over the Cape Lookout shoals, ready to pounce on any lure that swims past.

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August 20 at 8:12 am
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Black drum bite remains great between Ocean Isle and Little River

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters said much of the fishing in the creeks and marshes of lower Brunswick County has been unpredictable this summer, but the black drum bite has been freakishly consistent.†

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August 14 at 12:30 pm
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Even the heat can't stop Randleman's bass from biting

No matter how sweltering the heat is in August, one Piedmont lake features a bass bite that just won’t quit, come morning, afternoon or evening. “There’s really good bass fishing at Randleman now,” said guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville (336-803-2195). “Even with the hot weather, they’re really biting good.”

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August 14 at 7:00 am
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Fly-fishing museum has opened in Cherokee

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians opened last week in Cherokee, giving visitors a chance to learn about the history of fly-fishing in the Southeast.

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August 13 at 7:00 pm
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Mooresville man named Delta Waterfowl's top volunteer

Brian McCoy of Mooresville has been named Delta Waterfowl’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year from a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote.

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August 13 at 12:30 pm
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Gag grouper catch will dip, then rise; wreckfish catch will rise, then dip

NOAA Fisheries has announced annual catch-limit changes for commercial and recreational sectors of †gag grouper and wreckfish in the South Atlantic management area, based on population assessments. †

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August 12 at 7:00 pm
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Tandem rigs will double your pleasure when fishing for mountain trout

Mountain trout don’t act that differently from other freshwater species. They try to hang out in an area protected from the current, and they don’t want to have to work that hard to feed. They will feed on insects along the bottom of a rocky stream or rise to the surface. That’s why anglers using a “dropper rig” can be successful during the summer.

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August 12 at 6:55 am
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Beat the heat; drift a crawler for a Cane Creek rainbow

Anglers looking for a respite from the heat while still catching fish are finding all they can ask for on Cane Creek. Plenty of chunky rainbow trout are hitting live bait on the small, blue-ribbon stream that flows for 10 miles through Mitchell County.

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August 10 at 7:30 am
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N.C. looking for info about sea turtle that died after being bludgeoned

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries are seeking information leading to the arrest of the individual who bludgeoned a protected loggerhead sea turtle to death the last week of July.

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August 08 at 7:00 pm
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