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Early morning speckled trout bite has been great in Cape Fear River

Capt. Stuart Caulder of Gold Leader Fishing in Wrightsville Beach said the early morning trout bite in the Cape Fear River has been so good he’d never believe it if he hadn’t experienced it. He said trout are hitting topwaters and soft plastics with abandon, and there have been some really nice fish in the mix.

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June 24 at 8:00 am
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Pittsboro pro points anglers to points for summer bass action

Points are among the most-recognizable features of any body of water. They are also great starting blocks for targeting bass as they ease offshore into their summer patterns. However, with a lake full of choices, learning to distinguish those with the most fish-holding potential and work them effectively will make you a better summertime bass fisherman. Try these tips for more success.

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June 23 at 12:30 pm
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Check out Bald Head Island's sprawling marsh system for great flounder fishing

Flounder are among North Carolina’s most popular saltwater fish for anglers, and if the past two weeks are any indication, the marshes and creeks north of Bald Head Island ought to be marked on every fisherman’s GPS.

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June 23 at 8:27 am
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Great summer flounder fishing has hit Southport area early

The weather has decided to be August in June, and it appears the flounder action is trying to heat right up right along with it, according to Capt. Jimmy Price of Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport. 

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June 19 at 6:29 pm
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Be ready for summer bass with a variety of lures, guides suggest

For the better part of two weeks, June’s weather has got plenty of naysayers thinking that there may be something to global warming, and don’t think largemouth bass aren’t affected by all those back-to-back-to-back 90-degree days. And fishermen need to understand that the summer heat should change their approach and lure selection some.

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June 19 at 12:30 pm
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Commission, Ag Extension will hold wildlife workshops for landowners

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Chatham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, is conducting a series of free wildlife workshops for Piedmont-area landowners.

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June 19 at 7:30 am
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Bandys wins state high-school fishing championship again

Tyler Black and Logan Anderson of Bandys High School won the 2015 North Carolina State High School Fishing Championships on Sunday at Lake Norman, bringing the championship trophy to Catawba County for the second-straight year.

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June 18 at 8:47 am
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State-line flounder are filling plenty of coolers

Flounder fishermen are putting on a show in the marshes and waterways on both sides of the North Carolina-South Carolina border, with peanut-sized menhaden the bait that’s been putting fish in the cooler.

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June 17 at 6:30 pm
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Hunters will get an extra three weeks to take light geese in 2015-16 season

In response to requests from hunters, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will extend the season for snow, blue and Ross’ geese in the 2015-16 season. According to Commission biologist Doug Howell, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Conservation Order allows additional opportunities for hunters to target “light’ geese but requires a re-ordering of hunting dates.

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June 17 at 7:00 am
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New River specks have appetite for shrimp dinner

With the arrival of summer, gator-size speckled trout and many nice black drum are moving actively in the New River – and they're hungry.

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June 16 at 3:24 pm
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Viking 62 remains in Big Rock lead entering tournament's final day

One blue marlin was brought to the scales on Friday on the fifth day of the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament out of Morehead City, but it wasn't big enough to shuffle the leaderboard, leaving Viking 62's 680-pound fish, caught on Monday, as the leader.

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June 12 at 8:50 pm
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Anchored gill nets coming out of northeastern inshore waters at 5 p.m. today

Inshore waters in northeastern North Carolina, including the Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries, will close to all anchored gill nets at 5 p.m. today due to interactions with sea turtles.

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June 12 at 7:58 am
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EZ Boy jumps into second place at Big Rock with 556.3-pound blue marlin

Viking 62 remains in the lead after four days of the 57th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, but there’s a new second-place fish.

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June 11 at 8:10 pm
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Marine Fisheries Commission schedules public meeting on flounder options

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a public meeting for June 17 to receive public comment on six proposals for changes in the way southern flounder are managed in North Carolina waters.

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June 11 at 9:24 am
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Despite postspawn blues, Jordan Lake's bass are still biting

Bass fishing on the Raleigh-Durham area’s three big lakes — Jordan, Falls of the Neuse and Shearon Harris — is just about to settle into a normal summer pattern, which means deep water.

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June 10 at 7:00 pm
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No change on leader board at Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

The tournament-leading Viking 62 caught and released a blue marlin on Wednesday’s third day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, when one billfish was brought to the scales.

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June 10 at 6:45 pm
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