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Rockingham County hunter backs huge, double-bearded gobbler

Zach Satterfield said it was common knowledge that a big gobbler with two beards lived on a farm he hunted in Rockingham County close to the Caswell County line. “He was seen during deer season for the last year or two, but nobody ever saw him during turkey season,” he said. But the big gobbler’s “taxes” came due on April 15, when he showed up 30 yards from the end of Satterfield’s shotgun barrel. Now, Satterfield, a 19-year-old Reidsville resident, has in his freezer one of the biggest turkeys ever taken in North Carolina.

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May 04 at 7:52 am
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Don't put away your topwater baits when stripers are around

Striped bass are a hot target in the waters of Neuse River, and there’s no better way to experience the thrill than with an explosive topwater strike. Guide D. Ashley King of New Bern chases stripers on top as often as possible, and while it may sound simple to chunk a surface lure and start ripping lips, following these tips will make you a better topwater angler.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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Roanoke River striper run just getting read to peak

Striped bass fishing is beginning to hit its stride in the upper reaches of the Roanoke River, according to guide Richard Andrews of Bath.

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April 30 at 7:00 pm
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Sunday hunting bill passes N.C. House with flying colors

The N.C. House of Representatives on April 28 passed Rep. Jimmy Dixon’s Outdoor Heritage Act, including a measure that would legalize hunting with firearms on Sundays in most rural areas of North Carolina.

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April 30 at 12:30 pm
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Seven tips for late-season gobblers from a North Carolina guide

Sportsmen across North Carolina flooded the woods earlier this month as the spring gobbler season opened, and many have enjoyed reasonable success. But as the season wanes, the gobblers have heard all the misplaced yelps and purrs and busted fidgety hunters, and they’re a lot more wary. It’s a time when guides like Karl Helmkamp of Albemarle Outfitters in the northeastern corner of the state really shine. ††

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April 30 at 7:00 am
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Commission adds three days to Roanoke River striper harvest season

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will extend the striped bass harvest season in the Roanoke River Management Area until midnight on Sunday, May 3. The season had been set to expire by rule on April 30.†

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April 29 at 7:30 am
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Forbush White, Park Ridge win state youth hunter-safety crowns

Forbush High School’s White team and Park Ridge Christian School emerged as champions at the 2015 Youth Hunter Education Skills Tournament last Saturday in Ellerbe.

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April 28 at 12:30 pm
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Shelby bass pro strikes it rich on Arkansas' Beaver Lake

The banks are closed on Sundays, but bass pro Matt Arey of Shelby got a big payday last Sunday when he won the FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake out of Flippin, Ark., taking home $125,000.

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April 28 at 7:00 am
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Topwater trout bite has taken hold in Sneads Ferry area

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said speckled trout are aggressively attacking topwater lures in the bays and creeks off the Intracoastal Waterway and New River around Sneads Ferry, with the action typically best in the early mornings and late afternoons and on rainy and overcast days.

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April 27 at 12:30 pm
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Team from Bandys H.S. wins high school national bass-fishing championship

Kristopher Queen and Tyler Black of Bandys High School in Catawba brought their second great catch in a row to the scales on Sunday to win the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship on Grand Lake near Rogers, Ark.†

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April 27 at 8:00 am
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Saltwater guides for two groups to represent their interests

After several months of sometimes contentious debate, fishing guides in coastal North Carolina have organized into two different groups to work for the fisheries and make sure members’ needs are being recognized.

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April 24 at 12:30 pm
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Spawning bass: Make her mad, then catch her

Largemouth bass in lakes across North Carolina will begin spawning very shortly, if they already aren’t. And that marks a period that can be frustrating for fishermen because bass aren’t interested in eating. But former bass pro Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount knows what it takes to get bedding bass to strike.

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April 22 at 7:00 pm
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Spawning bass: Make her mad, then catch her

Largemouth bass in lakes across North Carolina will begin spawning very shortly, if they already aren’t. And that marks a period that can be frustrating for fishermen because bass aren’t interested in eating. But former bass pro Dustin Wilks of Rocky Mount knows what it takes to get bedding bass to strike.

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April 22 at 7:00 pm
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Anglers relying on Carolina rigs to catch big Badin Lake blues

The Caroling rig, a bottom-dragging rig for offshore structure-fishing originally intended for largemouth bass, has become popular when used in conjunction with live or cut bait for catching big blue catfish, especially on Badin Lake.

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April 22 at 7:00 am
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Gastonia angler lands 9 1/4-pound brown trout in South Carolina lake

Each spring, die-hard anglers look forward to brown and rainbow trout returning to the main-lake area of Lake Jocassee. The first few weeks of the return are a great time to catch trophy sized trout, and guide Sam Jones said he realized the return was in progress when one of his clients, Tony Hale, of Gastonia, N.C., reeled in a 9-pound, 4-ounce brown trout on Saturday, April 18.

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April 21 at 7:00 pm
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Longline trolling in Lake Wylie's creeks producing great catches of crappie

The crappie fishing at Lake Wylie has been hot and cold this spring – just like the weather – but one crappie fishermen has the formula to produce plenty of action.†Mike Parrott of Charlotte said that late April is a prime time for longline trolling to find crappie as they move through the creeks, and the fishing is excellent.

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April 21 at 7:00 am
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