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Making all marine electrical connections as 
waterproof as possible is tough, but extra steps can be taken to reduce the chances of problems developing. Keep that spark going

Do you ever think about electricity when you’re fishing? If you’re like most fishermen, the answer is a flat no. That is, unless the electricity stops working. As fishermen, we have become used to having the tools and conveniences of numerous electrical devices to the point of becoming almost addicted.  


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Topwater baits and stripers just seem to go together for a lot of fishermen, and for good reason Don't put your topwater baits away when stripers are around

Striped bass are a hot target in the waters of Neuse River, and there’s no better way to experience the thrill than with an explosive topwater strike. Guide D. Ashley King of New Bern chases stripers on top as often as possible, and while it may sound simple to chunk a surface lure and start ripping lips, following these tips will make you a better topwater angler.


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Dolphin take over the spotlight this month in the bluewater off the Outer Banks village of Hatteras, while to the west crappie are moving to deeper water and can be targeted along their travel routes.


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Dolphin take over the spotlight this month in the bluewater off the Outer Banks village of Hatteras, while to the west crappie are moving to deeper water and can be targeted along their travel routes.


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Mark Melnyk, host of the World Fishing Network’s “Guided”, landed his first-ever dolphin on a 2009 trip out of Hatteras. Cover the Cape - Dolphin headline a tremendous month of offshore fishing out of North Carolina’s Hatteras village

Cape Hatteras has gained the reputation as the billfish capital of the east coast, largely because it juts far enough into the Atlantic Ocean that the Gulf Stream passes by not too many miles offshore, bringing with it loads of blue and white marlin, spearfish, swordfish and sailfish. 


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Some good, some average, some poor -- that’s what fisheries experts expect for North Carolina’s coast this year. 2015 Saltwater Fishing Preview

It’s a mixed bag of good news and bad news for fishermen who target various species in North Carolina’s coastal waters.

This season could harbor some better results for anglers who target speckled trout and black sea bass, good seasons for Spanish mackerel and red drum, and maybe not as good fishing for flounder, striped bass and gray trout.’


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Even if they’ve already spawned, there’s plenty of reason to refer to Kerr Lake crappie like this one as slabs. Find undercover crappie this month on Kerr Lake

May is largely a transition month for crappie across North Carolina, and Kerr Lake, aka Buggs Island, is no different.  Nearly all crappie have completed the spawn on the 49,500-acre reservoir that straddles the North Carolina-Virginia border are in some stage of moving from their shallow spawning grounds back to deeper water. 


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Wild trout in backcountry streams are not always pint-sized. Without much regular fishing pressure, fish like this rainbow can grow to trophy sizes. Go off the beaten path for North Carolina’s mountain trout

Western North Carolina contains some of the most remote places east of the Mississippi River, with absolutely breathtaking views from every angle. The mountains are full of steep ridges, deep canyons and are covered in century-old forests, a true wilderness. 


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The hotter it gets, the deeper in thick cover bass will bury up, places where only a lure like a hollow-body frog can drag them out of. Froggie went a courtin’...

Bass fishing is hot this month across North Carolina, but with the hot fishing comes hot weather, and that brings one of an angler’s biggest foes — the growth of surface weeds that can foul all types of fishing lures. This makes some bodies of water virtually unfishable for many anglers, but those who use the right lure can have a field day.


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Guide Mike Taylor boated this 72-pound cobia several years ago in the waters off Cape Lookout in early June. Seeing is believing when it comes to sight-fishing for Cape Lookout cobia

A clear sky and a calm wind beckoned as Mike Taylor loaded his boat at a private dock in Morehead City for a day on the water. He was especially happy because there had been no pre-dawn alarm, and even the sun appeared to be smiling. Because of the fish he had chosen to target, being on the water before daylight wasn’t essential.


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Daiwa’s Zillion reels

Daiwa’s hugely popular Zillion TWS reels just got faster with the introduction of the Xtra Hyper Speed XXS reels with a blazing 9.1:1 retrieve speed. The new Zillion Baitcasting reels offer some very advanced features, including their revolutionary T-Wing System (TWS) and Free Floating spool system, which together give you an even farther cast. When you combine these two systems along with Daiwa’s Magforce-Z anti-backlash control you will get a smooth effortless cast with increased distance.


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RigRap RigRap

RigRaps are small, plastic boxes of various sizes that will neatly hold individual, pre-tied rigs for all kinds of fishing. Open the box, unwind the leader, tie the running line to the swivel and you’re ready. When you’re finished, place the swivel in the middle of the box, then wind the line around a raised, plastic oval and clip the hook back in next to the swivel. The cases can be threaded onto Velcro straps that can be fastened to console railings or T-Top supports for easy access.


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