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Feds will close recreational season on several porgy species on Sept. 17 Latest attempt to curtail commercial sale of red drum may have hit snag Inshore grand slam a real possibility for Topsail Island anglers Flounder, reds are biting up a storm around Brunswick County inlets

Duke Energy denies spraying chemicals on aquatic grass at Shearon Harris

Anecdotal evidence sometimes points toward the truth, and sometimes it is just, well, anecdotal. That may be the case in the tale of Duke Energy’s attempts to spray and kill the aquatic grass in Shearon Harris Lake. Despite what it might look like to some, they likely didn’t happen.

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September 09 at 9:42 pm
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Warmer water has New River smallmouth bass back on their feed

Smallmouth bass fishing in the New River has been tough this year for a variety of reasons, but now it’s apparently back on track.

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September 08 at 1:12 pm
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Virginia teen breaks North Carolina record with 32-pound skipjack tuna

Matthew Kelly, a 16-year-old from Chesapeake, Va. thinks every fishing trip with his father, Patrick, is special, but the one Labor Day Weekend was just a little more special. That’s when he reeled in a 32-pound skipjack tuna that is likely a North Carolina state record and potentially an All Tackle IFGA Youth World Record.

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September 07 at 9:45 pm
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Timberlake Gallery to showcase series of outdoor prints at open house

The Bob Timberlake Gallery in Lexington will hold a Sportsman’s Open House on Saturday, Sept. 13, to celebrate the release of a collector’s set of prints featuring outdoor scenes, with the proceeds from the sale of one print going to the N.C. Wildlife Habitat Foundation.

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September 05 at 2:59 pm
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Black mat algae has taken over Tuckertown Lake. Is Shearon Harris next?

A threatening black menace continues to encroach upon the fisheries at Tuckertown and Shearon Harris lakes. The moss-like growth cloaks shoreline cover, leaves floating deposits of itself, and stinks up the place.

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September 05 at 1:45 pm
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Big drum bite on in Pamlico River, Pamlico Sound; specks to follow?

Capt. Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Washington said the Neuse River isn’t the only place in North Carolina that gets a lot of large red drum in the late summer. The fishing in the Pamlico River and Pamlico Sound has been great, and on Wednesday, he had two anglers on a charter who caught 13 of the big fish.

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September 04 at 8:16 am
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North Carolina hunters get 3-part waterfowl season for 2014-15

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and other regulations for the upcoming waterfowl and falconry seasons.

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September 02 at 9:50 pm
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Goose hunters, shall we gather at the river?

Which would you rather shoot this September: 15 birds that weigh a total of five pounds or 15 birds that each weigh 10 pounds apiece? North Carolina’s early season for Canada geese began Sept. 1, a day that many hunters opted to spend in the dove field. 

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September 02 at 7:45 am
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State closes loophole that will further restrict commercial sale of red drum

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries took a major step Thursday toward curtailing the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters when Executive Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation that takes effect Sept. 1 when the 2014-15 netting season opens. The proclamation said the daily amount of “by-catch” red drum that can be sold will drop from 10 to seven fish, and  netters must sell their reds at the same time and place as they sell targeted species such as bluefish, flounder, mullet and spotted seatrout.

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August 29 at 1:05 pm
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Spoon-feeding crappie proving productive on Kerr Lake

Kerr Lake is a big reservoir that boasts some big crappie, and guide Chris Bullock of Fountain reports that citation-sized slabs are being plucked from brush piles using two of his favorite techniques: casting jigs and jigging small spoons.

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August 29 at 5:43 am
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Topwater redfish bite has been great in lower Cape Fear River

Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach said that topwater action on redfish and speckled trout has been good in the Cape Fear River between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island, surprisingly so considering what the river looks like – dirty with runoff after a wet summer.

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August 27 at 6:23 am
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Light Texas rigs are the ticket for bass at Randleman

When the weather turns sultry, it’s critical to know which terminal tackle will get the best results when bass fishing on big reservoirs. This year, according to guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville, go light. The relatively cool summer has put a new twist on the accepted heavy-weight approach to bass fishing in deep water.

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August 26 at 8:24 am
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Topwater bass bite has been consistently good at Shearon Harris

The lake with the most-consistent largemouth bass bite in the Raleigh-Durham area should be no surprise – Shearon Harris Lake.

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August 24 at 9:43 pm
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Wahoo bite has started early off Cape Lookout

The fall wahoo fishing off Atlantic Beach has gotten off to an early start, according to Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing, who isn’t sure what has caused this good fortune be said the cooler-than-usual summer probably fits into the mix.

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August 23 at 7:27 pm
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Jordan Lake crappie biting in deep water along New Hope channel

One angler who doesn’t need any convincing that Jordan Lake’s crappie fishery has returned to prominence is Freddie Sinclair, a guide from Clayton. He said slabs have recovered nicely from the 2011 fish kill and are biting along the main New Hope Creek channel in deeper water. 

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August 22 at 12:47 pm
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Surprise! Cooler weather returns bass to deep water at High Rock

Throughout a sizzling July, the offshore bite for bass at High Rock Lake was almost non-existent, much to the chagrin of crankbait and Carolina-rig fishermen, as fish snuggled tight to the piers in less than 5 feet of water, hitting jigs and plastics flipped their way. Then along came August and surprisingly cooler temperatures and the unexpected happened. The offshore bite reappeared, catching most fishermen by surprise.

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August 21 at 7:07 am
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