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Joel Richardson has been having a fine time at Lake Gaston finding bass near mayfly hatches. Match the hatch? Big Lake Gaston bass gorging on mayflies

Think only fly-rodders who fish skinny-water mountain streams for trout like insect hatches? Don’t tell it to Joel Richardson, a long-time bass guide from Kernersville. Last week, he had two of the best days he’s ever had at Lake Gaston, taking advantage of the mayfly hatch.


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After dark is a great time to fish for summer largemouth bass -- if you know which lures are the most productive. Try these top "after-dark" lures for North Carolina bass

If the blistering sun has you running for cover, then bass fishing after dark is for you. William Small, who organizes night tournaments at Falls of the Neuse Lake, targets bass as they transition to the more shallow water from the points and ledges where they spend the daylight hours. When he’s fishing at night, he has three lures he won’t leave the dock without.


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Are you ready for an on-the-water emergency? A floating ditch bag can hold everything you need to call and wait for help. EPIRB plus PLB equals SOS

Standing in ankle-deep water on deck while too far from the shore to see it? Congratulations: You are behind a marine-grade 8 ball.


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Guide Mark Stacy said live bait has been producing some nice red drum, trout and flounder in Brunswick County's inside waters. Mixed-bag fishing awaits Brunswick County anglers

The heat of summer has arrived and along with it has come steady, if not spectacular, fishing along the Brunswick County coast. According to Capt. Mike Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters, fishermen willing to move around and fish for several species can expect a good, mixed-bag catch.


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Kevin Sneed uses a Flip a "bird" to Spanish mackerel for bigger fish, better success

Since May, many fishermen have been targeting Spanish mackerel, particularly off the beaches from Oak Island to the South Carolina line, and the good fishing will last into September. If you’re a novice and want to get in on the action – and have a better chance of success – try “teasing” fish with a “bird.”


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After several lean years, redfish have returned in good numbers to the upper Neuse River near New Bern. Redfish rebound!

Alongside the Neuse River’s tackle-busting stripers are schools of equally voracious redfish, competing for the same food and or lure.


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Casting to structure on windblown banks or points can often result in good catches of striped bass. The wind is your friend

Freshwater bass anglers have long known the effectiveness of fishing windward points. The same holds true in many saltwater scenarios.


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Popping corks are a great rig to fish when targeting trout and redfish. Put some “pop” in your fishing

Popping corks have been in use for a long time, longer than you would think.


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Wes Barbour catches plenty of speckled trout along spoil islands, created by a dredging the Cape Fear River shipping channel. Spoil island specks

It seems odd to find spotted seatrout 10 miles north of the mouth of the Cape River and approximately 3 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, but that’s possible near Carolina Beach.


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A big circle hook and a length of heavy, monofilament leader are standard on shark rigs used by kayak fishermen. Rigging for sharks

Brad Knight has a pretty standard setup for rigging for sharks when fishing from his kayak. It works, and it’s strong — strong enough that he boated a 140-pound class tarpon three years ago while fishing for sharks.


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The New River’s fishery is among the best along all of North Carolina’s coastline for redfish, trout and flounder. New River is a unique coastal estuary

There are two New Rivers in North Carolina; one wanders through the mountains in the northwestern corner of the state ,and the other begins and ends within the boundaries of Onslow County on the coast.


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Red drum aren’t shy about crashing topwater plugs, but the position of their mouth on the bottom of their head often results in misses instead of hookups. Fishing Topwaters

Nothing in fishing compares to an aggressive strike on a topwater lure. Fish lunge at them, swipe at them and sometimes even knock them completely out of the water. They miss topwater lures with some frequency, too, and many times they appear to get madder and more determined each time they miss.


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