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NCDMF's stock-assessment report for southern flounder is sidetracked One man's trash is another man's treasure; don't ignore winter white perch Commission wants USFWS to end red wolf program in NE North Carolina Find clean water and find reds, specks in lower Brunswick County waters

Commission schedules public meeting to discuss managing six public tracts

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on Feb. 16 in Morganton to seek input on developing a management plan for six state-owned tracts on the Commission’s Pisgah Game Land in western North Carolina.

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January 29 at 9:30 pm
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Commission schedules public hearings on coyote hunting in NENC

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold two public next month to receive comments on permanent rules regarding conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area in northeastern North Carolina and the designation of the red wolf as a state-listed threatened species.

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January 28 at 6:58 am
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Gastonia angler lands unofficial lake record blue catfish from Lake Wylie

What started out as a trip to the lake to test his outboard motor after some routine maintenance ended up being the fishing trip of a lifetime for Gastonia, N.C., angler Jeff Manning when he hauled an 82-pound blue catfish into his boat on Saturday, Jan. 24, that is believed to be the biggest ever taken at Lake Wylie on the North Carolina-South Carolina border.

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January 27 at 6:39 am
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Great striper bite at Kerr/Buggs Island isn't slowing down.

Call it Kerr Reservoir or call it Buggs Island Lake, it doesn’t make much of a difference to fishermen who are experiencing great striped bass action on the 49,500-acre impoundment along the North Carolina-Virginia border.

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January 26 at 12:38 pm
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Father-son duo bring home the bacon from Transylvania County hog hunt

Jonathan Florence admitted that it was “pure luck”, but neither he nor his father, Bruce, is about to downplay the hunt last Friday in Transylvania County that ended with Bruce Florence killing a 707 ˝-pound wild hog he said could be best described with one word: buffalo.

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January 23 at 7:30 pm
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Monroe man is grand-prize winner in Bag-A-Buck contest

When he’s in a deer stand, Ray Adcock of Monreo usually handles a video camera while his daughter, Melinda Rich, does the shooting. But on the morning of Nov. 25, 2014, the two decided to split up and sit in different stands on the property they hunt in Union County. It wound up being a winning decision all the way around for Adcock, who killed an 8-point buck, entered it in North Carolina Sportsman’s Bag-A-Buck contest and was drawn in mid-January as the grand prize winner.

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January 23 at 8:15 am
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Commercial fishermen charged by feds with illegal ocean striper fishing

Twelve commercial fishermen from North Carolina and one from Georgia have been charged in federal court in Raleigh for the illegal harvest and sale and false reporting of around 90,000 pounds of striped bass from federal waters off the coast of North Carolina during 2009 and 2010, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday.  The average retail value of the illegally harvested striped bass is approximately $1.1 million.

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January 22 at 11:23 am
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Cold, muddy water has moved Cape Fear stripers to Northeast Cape Fear

Stripers moving up the Cape Fear River into the Wilmington area have made a bit of a detour, thanks to cold, dirty runoff, and they’re being caught in the Northeast Cape Fear, according to Stuart Caulder of Gold Leader Fishing.

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January 22 at 8:15 am
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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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