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The cash-strapped NC Division of Marine Fishers, and in particular, the marine patrol, would receive a major financial shot in the arm if the state enters into a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service. NCDMF treading water on JEA, waiting for approval from top government officials

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has yet to act on an item in the 2014 state budget, apparently because it hasn’t gotten the green light from higher-ups in the government, all of whom have received a letter from 10 Republican legislators asking them to delay action.


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The speckled trout season has really kicked off, despite dirty, freshwater runoff in the Atlantic Beach area. Despite dirty, fresh water, speck bite has taken off at Atlantic Beach

Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said that offshore fishing has been great, and despite some dirty water caused by runoff, flounder and sheepshead are biting. But the big surprise is how well speckled trout are dealing with all the runoff.


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A flounder gigger slips along the edge of a marsh in a kayak, a near-perfect way to stick flatfish. Kayaks: great for gigging

It was a few hours after sunset. The tide was coming into the marshes lining the Intracoastal Waterway. Several boats were already floating the various channels with lights beaming.


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Paul Rose of Moyock, chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, died on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack. N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission chairman dies of apparent heart attack

The chairman of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, Paul Rose of Moyock, passed away on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at age 52.


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Rem Morgan shows off a 6 1/2-pound bass caught in the shallows where you might not expect fish to be in the heat of September. Solve Septemberís riddle

When I was a kid learning to fish, I dreaded September. I used to keep a log of every fish I caught all year, and in September, the number of fish I caught would drop by half. I fished Falls of the Neuse Lake most often, since it was only a few minutes up the road from where I grew up. †I’d mix in smaller lakes and ponds, especially after school when time was short.


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Flounder fishing has been excellent in the Sneads Ferry area, with most keepers between 2 and 4 pounds. Inshore action cranking up around Sneads Ferry, with flounder taking the lead

It’s a great time to be fishing in the Sneads Ferry area, according to Capt Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures, because flounder, red drum and speckled trout are all in a fall, feeding mode thanks to some recent cool weather.


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David Derrick caught this 12-pound flounder on Sept. 21 in the Lockwood Folly River. Oak Island fishermen decks 12-pound flounder in Lockwood Folly River

David Derrick of Oak Island targets big flounder in the Lockwood Folly River, and in the fall, he only fishes a few spots – but he fishes them thoroughly. And on Sept. 21, that strategy paid off with a huge flatfish that tugged the scales down to 12 pounds and was 29 Ĺ inches long and 25 inches in girth.


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Bass pro Mike Lanier understands the importance of running the tide when he's fishing coastal rivers; inshore fishermen can also profit from understanding how the tide operates. Learn how to run the tide for better fishing success

Fishermen often use the term “fish the tide,” but there is a little confusion to what it actually means. For some fishermen, it’s a call to fish all of a moving tide, probably in same location. But more often, it’s finding the stage of the tide you want to fish and fish the same stage throughout an area.


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Guide Mitchell Blake has found that big, lipless crankbaits are killer lures for Pamlico Sound's Lipless crankbaits are latest hot lure for Pamlico Sound's old drum

While searching for artificial alternatives, Capt. Mitchell Blake of Chocowinity found the versatility of jumbo-sized, lipless crankbaits to be the ticket for enticing full-speed strikes from the jumbo-sized red drum that inhabit the Pamlico Sound and its tributaries during their spawning season.†


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Ott DeFoe used a Terminator Weedless Football Jig to win a Bassmaster Open earlier this year. The Terminator Weedless Football Jig

On a hot July day in Knoxville, Tenn., Ott DeFoe was sorting and arranging his fishing tackle while preparing to go fish Bassmaster tournaments at Lake Champlain and the Deleware River.


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Capt. Noah Lynk said Spanish mackerel, bluefish and false albacore have been biting very aggressively just off the beach at Cape Lookout. Nearshore trolling just off Cape Lookout has been excellent

Capt. Noah Lynk of Harkers Island is pleasantly surprised with the excellent fishing around Cape Lookout; the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are supposed to be there this month, but the false albacore have arrived a little early. The puppy drum and speckled trout are in the surf, tarpon are still a little farther off the beach and king mackerel have moved in. Apparently, the fishing just outside the hook is off the hook.


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A Johnson spoon fitted with a soft-plastic trailer is an overlooked lure that will catch bass in the fall when they're keying on threadfin shad. In the fall, follow the shad and spoon-feed the bass

We’re approaching the fall fishing season, and many largemouth bass anglers await its coming with great anticipation. Why? Because bass do lots of the same things they do in the spring without the spawning activity. Their movements are largely triggered by the movements of threadfin shad, one of their favorite foods, and when shad head up in creeks and into shallow water, they follow.


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