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Commission schedules two fly-tying clinics for February

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two fly-tying clinics next month through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. Both clinics are free and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are open to anyone ages 12 to adult.

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January 21 at 12:30 pm
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Look for clean water with little current for best Cape Fear trout, reds

Finding clear and fairly still water has been the ticket for redfish, speckled trout and an occasional black drum the past two weeks, according to Capt. Butch Foster of Yeah Right Charters in Southport.

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January 20 at 12:30 pm
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A Morehead City boat has landed a 1,005-pound bluefin tuna

Bluefin tuna fishing around Morehead City is shaping up to be one of the best in years, and last Tuesday, it may have hit its peak. After a grueling battle that lasted 3 ˝ hours over nearly 10 miles of ocean, two fishermen trolling near Beaufort inlet hauled in what is unofficially the largest bluefin tuna ever brought to North Carolina scales, weighing 1,005 pounds and measuring 115 inches long.

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January 19 at 7:15 pm
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GPS-tagged great white shark spends much of mid-January in North Carolina waters

A tracking device indicated that a “famous” 14-foot great white shark, tagged in 2013 off the Massachusetts coast, apparently swam through Oregon Inlet, into and around Pamlico Sound during the second week of January. 

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January 19 at 7:30 am
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Stripers in lower Roanoke River are biting up a storm

Although the weather outside may be frightful, lower Roanoke River winter striper fishing has hit its stride.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Cold weather hasn't slowed down striper bite at Lake Hickory

When cold winter weather blankets North Carolina, freshwater fishing prospects usually falter, but fishermen who are braving the conditions at Lake Hickory are being rewarded with striped bass.

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January 13 at 6:49 pm
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Salisbury woman is December Bag-A-Buck winner

Samantha Brown of Salisbury really had no idea what she’d shot when she squeezed the trigger on a Stanly County buck late on the afternoon of Dec. 29.

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January 12 at 7:00 pm
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Forget the bluefins! Drum are biting around the Cape Lookout rock jetty

Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said it’s hard to ignore the lure of chasing huge bluefin tuna within a few miles of the beach at Cape Lookout, but for fishermen who don’t have the heavy duty equipment or the desire to get pulled around by a 700-pound fish, the inshore fishing around the Cape has been good.

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January 09 at 7:00 am
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Lake Norman anglers welcome great cold-weather hybrid bass bite

Lake Norman’s fishery has changed for the better, according to one guide, and the winter bite is showing exactly how, with a lot of hybrid bass being caught from the 32,510-acre reservoir on the Catawba River.

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January 08 at 7:42 am
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Morehead City boat lands two huge bluefin tuna on back-to-back trips

The crew of the Grady Bunch, fishing the first two days of 2015 just outside Beaufort Inlet, may not have landed a state-record bluefin tuna, but the three men and a boy almost certainly accomplished a feat no other North Carolina saltwater crew has duplicated, two bluefin tuna that combined to weigh more than 1,500 pounds.

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January 07 at 7:00 am
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Cramerton youngster decks huge blue catfish on New Year's Day trip

An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to South Carolina’s Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.

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January 06 at 7:42 am
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Bass pro Dave Wolak shares his five favorite winter bass baits

Many bass fishermen lead double lives, torn between their bass boats and tree stands. But as the door slams shut on deer season, the choice for cold-water bass fishing becomes clear. According to bass pro Dave Wolak of Wake Forest, the key to success is locating deeper fish and using just a handful of lures.

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December 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm
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Hunting cache can help lighten your load on hunting trips

One thing that made the Lewis and Clark expedition successful was knowing what to carry and when to carry it. Expected to take roughly 2 years, the explorers had to bring every tool they expected to use on their trip. The genius behind their adventure was that they stockpiled gear along the way to avoid carrying everything to the Pacific Ocean and back. The “Corps of Discovery” buried at least three separate caches —buried hordes of equipment —with the intention of digging them up on the return trip.

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December 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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Redfish are really going to school in Swansboro marshes

According to Rick Patterson of Cape Crusader Charters in Cape Carteret, the winter redfish action is about as good it gets right now in the waters around Swansboro.

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December 31, 2014 at 8:25 am
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PFDs are especially important when boating in the cold; pick one and wear it

Kyle Young, an enforcement officer with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, makes plenty of points during his boater-safety classes, but one underscores the importance of personal flotation devices: 90 percent of drowning victims in boat accidents weren’t wearing one. 

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December 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm
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Bill to ease Hatteras beach restrictions passes both houses of Congress

North Carolina’s surf fishermen, tourists, residents and businesses along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore received some good news earlier this month regarding a potential rollback of onerous beach-access restrictions. On Dec. 4, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that was part of a public-lands package, and then on Dec. 12, the U.S. Senate passed its version, which included a major change to an unpopular Off-Road Vehicle Plan. All that is needed now is President Barack Obama’s signature.

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December 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm
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