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A great inshore flounder bite has kicked off on both sides of the North Carolina/South Carolina border near Little River. State-line flounder are filling plenty of coolers

Flounder fishermen are putting on a show in the marshes and waterways on both sides of the North Carolina-South Carolina border, with peanut-sized menhaden the bait that’s been putting fish in the cooler.


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Conner Grimes of Hobbton landed a citation speckled trout on June 11 in the New River while fishing with guide Ricky Kellum. New River specks have appetite for shrimp dinner

With the arrival of summer, gator-size speckled trout and many nice black drum are moving actively in the New River – and they're hungry.


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Recovered from the spawn, bass will get their appetites back in June. It doesn’t get any better

Across North Carolina, I think June is the best month to fish for bass. When you wake up in the morning this month, you need to take all the vacation time you’ve got and go to the lake.


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Capt. Bruce Trujillo finishes a battle with a nice amberjack, admiring it safely in his landing net. Don’t discard amberjacks; they can be eaten

When Russ Luhm nets an amberjack for his friend, Capt. Bruce Trujillo, he is already thinking about eating it. If the fish is mortally injured — and sometimes when it is not — he cooks and eats it, although he said many people release the fish rather than deal with the parasites.


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A cannonball jellyfish, aka jellyball, dropped around structure will attract spadefish within range of an angler with a spinning rod and a basic rig. Shoot off a cannonball for better spadefish action

Cannonball jellyfish are common near Masonboro Inlet in hot weather. Any angler heading out for a day of amberjack fishing should look for them on the tide lines and catch a few in a landing net.


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Bruce Trujillo’s homemade poppers are perfect for attracting attention from big amberjacks. Make sure when you pop off at an AJ

If you think catching an amberjack is not much fun, try luring one into attacking a topwater popper. 


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Live shrimp are a great bait for trout, redfish and flounder, and baiting makes catching them in a cast net easier. Securing a supply of shrimp

Live shrimp are the candy of inshore gamefish. Trout, redfish and flounder will rarely turn one down. However, procuring a consistent stock can be challenging. To up your odds, it’s best to couple an area likely to hold shrimp with a little something extra.


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Eelgrass helps extend productive tidal phases

More often than not, the average angler fishes when time is available, not necessarily when the tide is at the best level. 


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When spotted cruising at or near the surface, cobia can be a great target for fishermen sight-casting bucktails. Cobia particulars

Cobia are a large and relatively unknown fish, close relatives of remora. Each spring, usually within a week or so of Mother’s Day, they mysteriously appear in the nearshore ocean and inshore waters along North Carolina’s coast. When they arrive, phone lines begin buzzing.


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Polarized sunglasses are a must for offshore fishing trips because they help an angler see below the water’s surface and cut down on glare. Prepare before leaving the dock

Anglers planning a charter fishing trip offshore, especially their first, should prepare in order to have an enjoyable experience.

Here are a few tips for being on the ocean for hours:


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Capt. Thomas Wood named his charterboat after a popular hillbilly dancer back in his native West Virginia. Boat’s name came from a hillbilly dancing legend

Thomas Wood’s 56-foot boat may not be the newest at the Morehead City waterfront, but it certainly has the most unique name.


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Some anglers use armbands to relieve pressure on their elbow tendons caused by the repetitive nature of flipping hundreds of boat docks in a day’s fishing. Flipping can lead to fishing elbow

Flipping may be the most-effective way to fish piers and reach their hard-to-reach inner recesses, but its practitioners risk an injury known as “fishing elbow,” which can result in surgery.


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