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The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is considering six options to reduce the annual harvest of southern flounder by 25 to 60 percent. Marine Fisheries Commission changes sheepshead regs, reviews flounder options

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted at its meeting last week to change daily creel limits and size limits for sheepshead and proposed six options to consider to reduce the commercial and recreational harvest of southern flounder.


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A standard milk crate can perform plenty of duties in a kayak. No hate for the old crate

Kayak anglers have a unique addiction. There is one object primarily used for something else that will cause a paddler to do a double take when it comes to using it or not: a milk crate.


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Nice numbers and good-sized Spanish mackerel have arrived just off the beach between Fort Fisher and Topsail Island. The Spanish armada has arrived off east side of Cape Fear

Spring may have been a little slow in arriving, but Rick Bennett of Rod-Man Guide Service in Wrightsville Beach said that Spanish mackerel have arrived off the beaches on the east side of Cape Fear and are in full attack mode. 


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A women's only fly-fishing clinic is scheduled for June 13 in Fayetteville. Commission schedules women's fly-fishing clinic for June 13 in Fayetteville

Space remains for a one-day fly-fishing workshop for women only at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville on June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


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The nearshore waters between Cape Lookout and Bogue Inlet have been full of chunky cobia over the past week. Atlantic Beach cobia bite has gone off the chain this week

Matt Lamb at Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said the spring cobia bite has ramped up to absolutely wide open in the past few days, with fish cruising bait pods, searching just outside the breakers and feeding on the bottom of channels everywhere from Cape Lookout to Bogue Inlet.


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Blue crabs topped the commercial fishing harvest in 2014, as they have in past years. Commercial landings way up, recreational landings way down in 2014

North Carolina’s commercial fishing harvest increased by 23 percent in 2014, boosted by higher landings of blue crabs, spiny dogfish and summer flounder, while recreational fishermen caught 25-percent fewer fish last year, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.


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Brandon Palaniuk tested the Rapala Shadow Rap jerkbait and said it’s a definite winner. Rapala Shadow Rap

Rapala last introduced a jerkbait around 2000.

The Finland artificial lure manufacturer got back in the swim of things in a resounding way, although it was a well-kept secret, during the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell near Greenville, S.C.


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The N.C. Wildlife Federation hopes its “Sounds Solutions” recommendations will result in positive results for saltwater species. NCWF offers "Sound Solutions" to North Carolina's coastal fisheries issues

The N.C. Wildlife Federation has embarked on a program called “Sound Solutions” in an attempt to convince major players in state government that new steps are needed to reverse pressure on fish that live in the state’s sounds and backwaters.


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Bryan Thrift of Shelby is $125,000 richer after winning an FLW Tour event on Lake Eufala, Ala., on Sunday. Shelby bass pro strikes it rich on Alabama's Lake Eufala

Bass pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby scored his fourth major national tournament win on Sunday, taking the FLW Tour event on Alabama’s Lake Eufala by more than three pounds.


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The smallmouth bass spawn is cranking up on the New River in northwest North Carolina, promising good fishing as June approaches. Smallmouth spawn cranking up on New River, great fishing ahead

Smallmouth bass fishing on the New River in northwestern North Carolina is beginning to pick up as water temperatures are on the rise, setting the stage for spawning.


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Weego’s Professional model is the company’s largest unit, and it’s still practically pocket sized. Portable power

The last time you were miles from anywhere, turned your boat’s ignition key and heard nothing, what did you do?

No, I mean after you ran through the appropriate part of your vocabulary.


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Funds to dredge the ferry channel from Hatteras to Hatteras Inlet  are currently unavailable, which makes for a hardship for local boaters and ferry passengers. Hatteras Inlet

Hatteras Inlet has a stormy history, but the changes in the past decade have created storms that have little to do with the weather. The original inlet was south of the current inlet and closed in 1764. The current inlet was opened in 1846 by the same storm that opened Oregon Inlet about 50 miles to the north.


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