Whirling disease is discovered in rainbow trout from Watauga River One shot with a .243 between the eyes, and the Grey Ghost is no more New York angler boats 95-pound wahoo on offshore trip out of Oregon Inlet 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

Plagued by extremely high water temperatures in his normal fishery near Topsail Island, Wayne Crisco of Last Resort Charters made a faithful decision on Thursday to head north to Sneads Ferry in search of cooler water and big flounder. The end result was a 10.07-pound flounder that his long-time client, Ron Ripz of Surf City, not only caught, but also released.

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July 24 at 7:53 am
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Reds, specks hitting a variety of baits around Sneads Ferry, including topwaters

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said the fishing in the New River and Intracoastal Waterway around Sneads Ferry isn't as hot as the steamy weather, but it's pretty good and at times really good, with speckled trout and redfish feeding and often hitting topwater baits.

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July 23 at 9:10 am
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Jeanette's Pier gives up 65-pound king mackerel to Manteo angler

A Manteo angler who hadn’t fished for several weeks made a big splash on his return last Saturday, landing a 65-pound king mackerel from the end of Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head on what was supposed to be a trip for cobia.

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July 22 at 7:00 am
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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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