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Speckled trout have really been biting in the waters around Wrightsville Beach, with a lot of citation-sized fish being caught. Speckled trout fishing going great guns in Wrightsville Beach area

Tex Grissom at Tex’s Tackle and Bait in Wilmington said fishing for speckled trout has really been good around Wrightsville Beach and might even be getting a little better, with fishermen catching a lot of specks pushing 5 pounds or better.††


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Making an accurate cast requires releasing the spool or bail at just the right fraction of a second. Ping pong for more bass?

I got a ping-pong table a couple of weeks ago. I’ll challenge anybody — I’ve even smoked my mother-in-law a time or two already. Anyway, I love to play ping-pong almost as much as I love to fish. My brother and I had a table as kids, and while my brother is still too scared to show up here, I’ve been challenging everybody I see.†


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Guide Noah Lynk of Harkers Island celebrated his birthday last Sunday by catching this 9-pound, Cape Lookout speckled trout. Harkers Island guide celebrates birthday with 9-pound, Cape Lookout speck

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island spent a special birthday on the water this past Sunday, Nov. 23, taking off to go fun-fishing for a few hours and winding up with the best present of all, a speckled trout that weighed 9 pounds.


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Dates for the recreational season for black sea bass will change on Dec. 8 to be closer to the vermilion snapper season. Regulations changed on AJs, black sea bass in South Atlantic

Anglers who target several popular species of bottomfish will see a few changes that become effective on Dec. 8 after a federal fisheries management board changed when the annual season begins and several other harvest details. The changes were published in the Federal Register on Nov. 7.†


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The new Arashi Wake Crank provides an alluring wobble right at the surface of the water, driving bass into biting. Arashi Wake Crank a bass magnet

An Idaho outdoorsman had plenty of time to talk about some keys to his success this year as an Elite Series angler as part of a four-year career that has earned him $517,632.

Brandon Palaniuk spoke highly the last week of September about techniques and patterns that have been working consistently. The season-ending Elite Series AOY in Michigan was behind him, and Palaniuk was driving to another event on Kentucky Lake before going home for the off-season in the Great Northwest.

During the call, Palaniuk eventually mentioned a recently released artificial lure that he helped design. That lure was a key to catching bass in clutch situations across the country.

The Storm Arashi Wake Crank has become one of his go-to baits.


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Big gray trout are biting around Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks in very good numbers. Gray trout, red drum and bluefish have been a Cape Lookout angler's buffet

Capt. Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said the cold weather hasn’t slowed the great fishing around Cape Lookout, where gray trout, red drum and bluefish have been feeding. The hot spots have been the area between the point at the hook and the cape, plus down Shackleford Banks toward Beaufort Inlet.


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Lake Wylie's night stalkers have been filling plenty of coolers with slab crappie lately. Night stalkers are scaring Lake Wylie crappie right into the boat

When the sun sinks into the western sky, night stalkers begin to prowl. They prepare for the evening onslaught and make careful preparations for their sneak attack on unwary victims. But we’re not talking Jack the Ripper; we’re talking about nocturnal crappie fishermen using lights to catch limits of slab crappie on Lake Wylie, and the fishing is wide open.


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Charging your trolling motor batteries as you run can extend your fishing time and the lives of your batteries. Battery charging on the run

From the Complaints You Will Never Hear department: “I fished in the wind all day and still have too darned much power left in my trolling motor batteries!”


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A soft-plastic imitation shrimp can be deadly on fall speckled trout. Donít overlook shrimp imposters

During the fall, the Pamlico Sound and its western tributaries fill up with hungry speckled trout. As temperatures drop and food becomes more scarce, the majority of the menu will be baitfish, but specks and other predators maintain a weak spot for shrimp.


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An artificial bait worked in an appealing fashion will often draw more strikes than live bait. Can artificials outfish live bait?

There are live-bait anglers, artificial purists and blended fisherman. Undoubtedly, there are numerous ways to collect a days’ catch, but artificial lures are not just for purists. There are many cases where adopting an artificial-lure strategy will put more fish in the boat than live-bait tactic. The lifelike presentations of artificial lures may just be what the doctored ordered in the fall.†


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With a daily creel limit of one fish, catch-and-release is a staple for anglers targeting redfish in North Carolina. Red drum specifics

Red drum, sciaenops ocellatus, are also called redfish, puppy drum, spot-tail bass, channel bass and spot-tail drum. They are long-lived fish that reach sexual maturity slowly and are one of the few fish that fishery managers allow to be harvested before reaching reproductive size, which is roughly 28 to 32 inches.†


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Rennie Clark custom paints and changes out the hooks and split rings on many of his topwater baits. Customizing lures for redfish

Rennie Clark likes to customize fishing lures for his guide trips and tournaments. He often changes hooks and split rings and if he gets caught up or has a day-off, he’ll change colors, too. His favorite lures to customize are the Skitterwalk series of topwater baits from Rapala.


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