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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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Could good weather improve already good Southport fishing?

Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport said if the weather would just cooperate for a while, the fishing around Southport would be excellent – and the bottom-fishing is pretty good as it is. 

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August 06 at 9:34 pm
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Tailrace striper fishing great on Roanoke Rapids Lake

A problem for striper fishermen during the summer is that on large reservoirs, you often spend lots of time finding bait, then finding fish. But guide Tim Biesecker hasn’t had that problem on Roanoke Rapids Lake, where he has found the bait and fish concentrated.

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August 06 at 1:03 pm
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Newest artificial reef named for long-time reef supporter Knight

AR 430, the newest artificial reefs constructed by the Long Bay Artificial Reef Association in conjunction with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, was dedicated two weeks ago as the Jim Knight Reef.

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August 05 at 11:26 am
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The NCWF has received a $25,000 grant to help kids learn the outdoors

The N.C. Wildlife Federation has learned that it’s been chosen to receive a $25,000 grant from The North Face Co. to help educate children about nature and the outdoors world.

 

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August 04 at 5:45 pm
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UNC Charlotte bass-fishing team wins national collegiate title

UNC Charlotte’s bass-fishing team defended its “home waters” in a winning way last week, taking home the national championship in the Bassmaster College Series tournament on Lake Chatuge, a 7,500-acre reservoir along the North Carolina-Georgia border.

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August 04 at 11:31 am
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Wilmington angler decks huge flounder in Cape Fear River

Ray Fowler of Wilmington readily admits he always has his sights set on big flounder. On the morning of July 30, when he squeezed in a little fishing time before heading to work, his sights were on target. A favorite spot on the Cape Fear River near Carolina Beach produced his largest flatfish to date, an 11-pound, 30-inch doormat on a live finger mullet fished on a Carolina rig.

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August 01 at 3:09 pm
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NCDMF's artificial reef coordinator loses battle with cancer

Jim Francesconi, artificial reef program coordinator for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, passed away on July 18 during the second round of a prolonged battle with leukemia. Francesconi was at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill recovering from a stem-cell transplant when he contracted a virus that morphed into pneumonia and his weakened immune system was unable to fend it off.  

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August 01 at 1:56 pm
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Good numbers of smallmouth bass biting in French Broad River

Where can anglers find all-day action in a comfortable setting in North Carolina, pass through wonderful scenery and make frequent stops to enjoy a cooling dip? Try the French Broad River as it flows from Asheville toward the Tennessee border.

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August 01 at 7:40 am
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Higher license fees go into effect for North Carolina sportsmen Aug. 1

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced on Monday several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1.

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July 29 at 11:47 am
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Netters face new, tighter restrictions in northeastern NC sounds

Commercial fishermen in the Albemarle and Currituck sounds who fish large-mesh gill nets have had regulations tightened because of problems the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has had complying with federal regulations regarding protection of sea turtles.

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July 26 at 7:47 am
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North Carolina hunters can buy duck stamps on-line Aug. 1

Starting Aug. 1, North Carolina waterfowl hunters will be able to order the federal duck stamp on-line by visiting the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's website (www.ncwildlife.org), going to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website (www.fws.org), calling the Commission at 888-248-6834 or visiting a wildlife service agent. 

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July 25 at 8:18 am
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