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Keeper season for striped bass in the Roanoke River opens on Sunday, March 1, running through April 30. Commission will open Roanoke River keeper striped bass season March 1

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest on Sunday, March 1. The season will remain open through April 30 unless closed or extended through proclamation.†


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Crappie are a great target for winter trips on days when the weather cooperates. Paddle up a winter slab

The day was projected, according to weather forecasters, to be as beautiful as a winter day could be. Slight winds with a mid-day high in the lower 50s did not seem unbearable. After all, deer season had ended, ducks prefer the nastiest weather Mother Nature can create, and no one wants to miss spending this day in the outdoors.


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A few cold-stun and kill events were reported over the past 10 days, but they weren't widespread, and NCDMF doesn't plan on closing the speckled trout fishery. Speckled trout escape effects of recent frigid weather

The second round of cold weather over the past two weeks included a few cold-stuns and kills for coastal fish, but they weren’t as severe as a 2014 fish kill, and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said there is no reason to close the fishery.


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Nice crappie have already moved toward the backs of Kerr Lake's major creeks, and all it will take is a little warm weather to get their appetites cranked up. Kerr Lake slabs already moving back into big creeks, waiting for warm weather

The arctic blast that swallowed up much of North Carolina may have frozen crappie in their tracks, but rest assured the clock is ticking on a big move to shallower water before the spawn. Guide Chris Bullock of Fountain is already finding fish staging in the backs of major creeks on Kerr Lake, and he’s ready to start spider-rigging as soon as warmer weather returns.


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Andrew Helms (left) and Josh Whittaker of UNC-Charlotte won the Bassmaster College Classic title on Sunday on South Carolina's Lake Keowee. UNC-Charlotte pair wins Bassmaster College Classic

Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker, students at the UNC-Charlotte, made college bass-fishing history Sunday by adding the 2015 Bassmaster College Classic title to add to their National Championship title.


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Bass are keying on crawdads in February, so go with baits in crawdad colors: reds, browns and golds. Go slow, donít stay home

Lots of bass fishermen shy away from fishing in February, and that’s a big mistake. The fishing can be tremendous if you can get a little warming trend. You’ll need to break out your crankbaits, your jerkbaits and your jigs — and an Alabama rig, you can’t leave that out.


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South Carolina pro Casey Ashley lands a Lake Hartwell bass on the way to winning the Bassmaster Classic on Sunday. SC pro Casey Ashley wins Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, his home lake

This time, Mighty Casey didn’t strike out. Casey Ashley, a 31-year-old bass pro from Donalds, S.C., hit a homerun on Sunday, fishing on his home water, to the cheers of an adoring, hometown crowd, winning the Bassmaster Classic with a great final-day catch of better than 20 pounds.


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Japanese bass pro Takahiro Omori leads the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell after two days. 2004 champ Omori leads Bassmaster Classic entering final day

The final day of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all, with a handful of former champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp. Takahiro Omori, a Japanese angler who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.


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Brandon Gray of Bulloch caught six bass on six straight casts in Saturday's second round of the Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell. Gray misses Bassmaster Classic cut, even with six fish on six casts

How crazy can bass fishing be? Brandon Gray of Bulloch found out on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.


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Arizona pro Dean Rojas leads the Bassmaster Classic with a 21-pound, 2-ounce catch. Rojas burns up field in frigid Bassmaster Classic

Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the Bassmaster Classic, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?


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Brandon Gray of Bullock shows off the two biggest of the three bass he caught in Friday's opening round of the Bassmasters Classic on South Carolina's Lake Hartwell. North Carolina pro is well back after opening round of Bassmaster Classic

There’s deep, and there’s DEEP. That’s how pro bass fisherman Brandon Gray felt after Friday’s first day of the Bassmasters Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. How deep should he have fished?


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The Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet is a reintroduction of an old bait that will flat out catch fish. Bomber Saltwater Grade Mullet

Give Theophile Bourgeois a new artificial lure with so much upside to it and he’s as happy as speckled trout and redfish chasing tasty mullet.


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