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A soft-plastic imitation shrimp needs to be rigged with the eye of the hook protruding from the shrimp's tail to present a natural action when worked in front of a trout. Turn that hook around and fish that plastic shrimp more naturally

Guide Noak Lynk of Harkers Islands has noticed for a while that rigs that use soft-plastic, artificial shrimp, don’t exactly match what nature presents.


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Victoria Navaroli caught this huge green sunfish, which weighed 1 ounce shy of 2 pounds. It is the new North Carolina state record. Charlotte teen catches state-record green sunfish

It was a team effort that landed Victoria Navaroli a state-record fish from a private pond in Creston. In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with a quarter of a night crawler and then handed his fishing rod to her. Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish.


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The Pamlico Sound is home to two of North Carolina’s three major flounder species: southern and summer. Two out of three is okay

Fishermen catch three species of flounder in North Carolina waters, and the larger two are found in Pamlico Sound.


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Capt. Mitchell Blake releases a flounder that didn’t quite make the state’s 15-inch size minimum back into the waters of Pamlico Sound. Pamlico Sound particulars

Pamlico Sound is a unique body of water, the largest sound on the east coast. Its water varies from brackish on the western end to full salt on the eastern edge.


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Fishermen targeting bottomfish around nearshore wrecks and reefs will often come in contact with bigger targets like this cobia. Safety first

When fishing off the beach using a jet ski as a platform, remember these safety rules:


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Tuckertown Lake’s flatheads will really come out to play — and eat — when power is being generated through the dam and a nice current sets up. Channel your efforts — or not

Tuckertown Lake has all three major species of catfish most-often targeted by freshwater fishermen: flatheads, blues and channels.


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Tuckertown Lake also has a great population of channel catfish; the better ones are caught in the same river-channel spots as flatheads, but they’re more likely to hit live shad than a crappie. Leave that anchor and move!

Former guide Stanley Correll has perfected the art of making small moves to fish new areas without having to pull up the two anchors with which he holds his pontoon boat in place.


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Cast nets, even in small-mesh sizes, need to be relatively heavy to drop fast enough to envelope baitfish or white perch. Cast-netting for perch

As of Aug. 1, it is no longer illegal to keep white perch caught in a cast net west of I-95, as they have been considered invasive and often damage the population of other species. That’s a win-win situation for fishermen.


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Shearon Harris Lake has a tremendous population of threadfin shad, which has helped jump-start the white perch fishery at the Raleigh-area reservoir. Live shad get preferential treatment

A fishermen targeting Shearon Harris Lake’s booming white perch population in summer couldn’t be in a better position. When water temperatures escalate, and most species complete the rigors of spawning, they transition to deeper water.


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African pompano are a great bonus catch on offshore bottom-fishing trips where grouper, snapper and black sea bass are more commonly targeted. Out of Africa

An African pompano is always an outstanding catch on a party boat. They are excellent eating and are extremely strong fighters.


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Mate L.A. Riddick watches Capt. Larry Horowitz for a sign that he should release the anchor on the Super Voyager III. Anchors aweigh!

Anchoring is one of the most important tasks for a successful day of bottom-fishing, because a boat that isn’t properly anchored doesn’t allow fishermen to get their baits to the fish.


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T.J. Farrington, 13, of High Point, decked this 42-pound, 10-ounce king mackerel on Oak Island Pier last week. High Point teen decks trophy king mackerel at Oak Island Pier

There’s little doubt that 13-year-old T.J. Farrington of High Point will remember the first king mackerel of his pier-fishing career – because it was a real smoker. Farrington decked a 42-pound, 10-ounce king on the Oak Island Pier last week, the biggest from the pier this year and the biggest in several years.


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