Don't fry while fishing deep water; get out early and fish topwaters for bass Run to Sneads Ferry results in 10-pound flounder for Surf City angler Reds, specks hitting a variety of baits around Sneads Ferry, including topwaters Jeanette's Pier gives up 65-pound king mackerel to Manteo angler

Nurse's Northampton County gobbler is No. 2 all-time in North Carolina

A Maryland native who grew up fishing and crabbing and had never fired a shotgun at a wild turkey bagged North Carolina’s No. 2 all-time gobbler taken by a female this past spring.

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July 21 at 12:30 pm
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Catch big sharks from a kayak? Why not? This video shows how

All summer, the internet has lit up with tales of shark attacks along the Carolina coast, as well as hapless kayak anglers being overturned by big sharks. In reality, sharks are a common gamefish along the coasts of both Carolinas and make for exciting sport, especially when landed from a kayak.

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July 21 at 7:00 am
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Deep brush piles producing crappie, white perch for Kerr Lake anglers

With the heat on across North Carolina, many fishermen have taken to after-dark trips, but Chris Bullock, a veteran guide on John H. Kerr Reservoir has been knocking out plenty of black crappie and white perch on daytime trips.

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July 20 at 7:00 pm
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Commission elects Clinton man as new chairman

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission unanimously elected a new chairman and vice-chairman during its business meeting last week to preside over the governing board of the state regulatory agency.

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July 20 at 8:23 am
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Dove season will open the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, NCWRC announces

Dove hunters will open the 2015 season on a Saturday for the first time in several years after the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

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July 17 at 7:30 pm
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Cape Lookout flounder fishing has been anything but flat

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said the flounder bite is on in the marshes around Cape Lookout and Harkers Island, with fish hungry and being aggressive at times, hitting live baits and artificials.

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July 17 at 12:30 pm
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Six tips for keeping fish or bait livelier in livewells or bait tanks

Whether the fish you’re trying to keep healthy are in the bait tank or in the livewell, there are several tricks that you can use to keep them alive – or at least tasty – during the summer, and they all boil down to one thing: oxygen levels. Once you understand how to control and manipulate oxygen levels or the fish’s intake of oxygen, keeping them alive isn’t that hard. Here are six tips:

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July 13 at 7:48 am
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Take it to the top early for Carolina Beach specks

Capt. Rennie Clark of Tournament Trail Charters said the early morning speckled trout action around Carolina Beach has been about as hot as the weather, with specks crushing bait on the surface, dictating the use of topwater baits for fish that are averaging 3 to 5 pounds.

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July 10 at 7:00 am
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Governor signs Sunday hunting bill into law

North Carolina’s long-standing ban on Sunday hunting with guns ended on Wednesday when Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law HB 640, “The Outdoor Heritage Act”, which will take effect Oct. 1.

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July 09 at 4:11 pm
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Tips for taking flounder around nearshore reefs in summer

When high inshore water temperatures have you asking where the big flounder have gone, Capt. Wayne Crisco of Hampstead has the answer. According to Crisco, doormat flounder often leave their inshore hangouts when temperatures spike, opting for more comfortable ocean water and setting up near artificial reefs and ledges. Here are some of his tips for scoring a heavy limit.

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July 09 at 7:26 am
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Don't forget shallow waters in upper ends of lakes for summer bass

It’s a given among bass anglers that July and August heat drives largemouth bass into deep waters, but that’s not always true. The shallow-water bite might be the best one.

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July 08 at 8:39 am
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Several species get upgrades in latest saltwater stock-status report

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries upgraded the status of a handful of popular saltwater species in its annual stock status report released last week.

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July 07 at 7:50 am
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Duck numbers remain good, according to USFWS waterfowl survey

Waterfowl hunters in the Carolinas can expect to see roughly the same number of ducks this coming season as they have in the past several, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual report on the breeding duck population shows numbers slightly above 2014 levels.

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July 06 at 8:01 am
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Head up the lake for Gaston's best striped bass bite

Because of what he calls “a weird year” this spring and early summer, Don Enderle of Tri-Lakes Guide Service said he’s quit trolling baits and is casting artificial lures at striped bass in the upper reaches of Lake Gaston, where the species’ false spawning toward the tailrace below Kerr Dam is six weeks late.

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July 03 at 5:41 pm
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Two North Carolina lakes are in Bassmaster's Top 100 for 2015

Two lakes in North Carolina have been ranked in the top 100 bass fisheries in the country according to Bassmaster magazine.

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July 02 at 7:00 pm
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Dolphin have been surprising catches off Cape Lookout shoals

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island expects to catch Spanish mackerel, bluefish and a few red drum on Cape Lookout shoals, and he has been, but lately, he’s had a few surprises in his catches: dolphin.

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July 02 at 12:30 pm
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