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Plenty of slot-sized reds have been hitting live and artificial baits in the waters around Southport. Bait influx has caused late-summer inshore surge around Southport

The calendar says it’s August, with fall a month away, but Jimmy Price at Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said fish are already acting like it’s fall.


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D.J. Odom landed and released this 22-inch rainbow trout Aug. 24 from the Oconaluftee River. Wild-trout action in small mountain streams approaching top-drawer

Trout anglers can experience good-to-great fishing now through November in North Carolina’s high country, according to a Bryson City guide.


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Working out the details for a multiple-day paddle, including camping arrangements, might be a highlight of the trip. The fun is in the planning

Once upon a time, when information was still found in encyclopedias and directions were still derived from paper maps, there were still places of mystery. Not far from my home, we would head to Tar River Reservoir to water ski and swim each weekend day through the summer. My world as far as the Tar River was concerned consisted of a body of water located between a dam, Sapony Creek and a low bridge on Old Carriage Road near the Rocky Mount/Wilson airport.


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Live and cut shad fished behind a planer board has produced plenty of High Rock channel cats in recent weeks for guide Maynard Edwards. Add planer boards to your catfishing repetoire, High Rock guide advises

Lexington’s Maynard Edwards, a veteran High Rock Lake guide, is always tinkering with new ideas to catch fish. This month, he came up with a doozy.†I know a lot of people have started using planer boards to catch striped bass, but I think hardly anyone’s used planer boards for catfish — until now,” he said.


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Guide Mitchell Blake has a routine he practices when he targets big drum in the Pamlico Sound or coastal North Carolina rivers. Four steps to catch more big late-summer, spawning reds

Few fisheries get an angler’s blood pumping like spawning red drum in the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries. While many of these big fish are already being hoisted for glory shots, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity’s Fish IBX Charters, said the best is yet to come. Find out what to look for and how to close the deal by following his tips.


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The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission had a vote taken out of its hands on southern flounder management by state legislators and the secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources last week. Legislators, DENR chief sidetrack Marine Fisheries Commission

Donald R. van der Vaart, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, caved in to the demands of a coalition of 13 legislators and scuttled a scheduled vote on needed reform in North Carolina’s flounder fishery last week when he directed the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to postpone the vote.


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Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro caught this 81-pound blue catfish last Friday at Lake Gaston. Lake Gaston spits out another huge blue catfish

Refusing to be ignored as one of North Carolina's premier trophy catfish destinations, Lake Gaston unveiled another monster last Friday. †Shortly after breaking off one huge fish, Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro rallied his efforts to overpower a massive 81-pound blue cat that he released.


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Live Target Rigged Shrimp Live Target Rigged Shrimp

When Live Target Lures decided it was time for fishermen and fish to fall in love with a soft-plastic shrimp imitation, it turned to R&D dream team leader Victor Cook.


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Derrick Snow's 50.3-pound king mackerel was decked the day after he hooked it from the end of Johnnie Mercer's Pier. Two kings make great escapes, but just temporarily

Plenty of fish stories are about the big one that got away, but there aren’t too many about the big one that got away and was still caught. But a couple of fishermen at opposite ends of North Carolina’s coast got lucky on Aug. 14 when trophy sized king mackerel pulled escape acts and were still landed – even though it took a while.


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The international satellite-aided search-and-rescue system is about to take a giant step forward in efficiency. What is Meosar?

Delving into the COSPAS-SARSAT system can quickly have you drowning in alphabet soup.

Governments love acronyms, abbreviations and virtually unknown terminology in general, but bear with me and we’ll spoon through it to reveal a coming improvement that should excite anyone who goes where they might need rescuing.


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Big Spanish mackerel and bluefish have been crashing bait around Cape Lookout Shoals. Spanish mackerel, bluefish have been crashing baits on Cape Lookout shoals

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island said schools of hungry 3- to 5-pound bluefish and 2- to 4-pound Spanish mackerel are all over the Cape Lookout shoals, ready to pounce on any lure that swims past.


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By August, bass in many lakes are actually in crankbait range after spending July in extremely deep water. Donít let the heat win

When it’s as hot as it has been this summer, and August has taken over from July, most fishermen think about limiting their trips to the first few hours in the morning and the hours around sundown.


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