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The tilapia crankbait is an anglersí favorite to catch Hyco Lakeís winter bass. Tilapia lures effective for Hyco bass

Lure selection sometimes is critical when bass-fishing during the winter.


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Pour Mountain Dew down the throat of a bass thatís bleeding, and it will often help the fish survive. Dew will do to aid bleeding bass

Bass anglers who use soft-plastic worms or lizards, often see fish suck down hooks that cause deep wounds and blood loss.


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Dress warmly and donít forget a toboggan on your head while fishing for black sea bass during the winter. Safety comes first, especially during the winter

Winter can be a great time to fish. In Brunswick County, the temperature usually climbs into at least the 50s during the day, so it doesn’t feel oppressively cold, and you often have the ocean to yourself.


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South of Cape Hatteras, fishermen like Rube McMullan are allowed five black sea bass per day, with a 13-inch size minimum. Black sea bass rules and regulations

Brunswick County anglers are fishing the South Atlantic stock of black sea bass, regardless of where that fish came from or is going. Black sea bass have been divided into three different stocks, the Mid-Atlantic, the South Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico.†


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A bait-keeper spring allows anglers to rig a soft-plastic bait weedless on a standard jighead. Making it weedless

Guide Allen Jernigan said that many times he gets far-enough up creeks looking for winter drum and speckled trout that he fishes water that features many layover trees, limbs and other potential snags. Fishing these places with an exposed hook point can lead to a multitude of snags, few fish caught and an overall frustrating experience. Jernigan said it isn’t necessary and can be remedied easily and quickly — without removing the jighead from the leader.


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For the best red drum fishing the winter has to offer, seek out creeks with dark bottoms that get a lot of sunlight. Why go to school in the winter?

Lee Paramore, a biologist for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries who specializes in red drum, said said they are a schooling fish for a variety of reasons and will school year-round, but they’re not as noticeable as in the winter.†


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A great year-class of stripers spawned in 2011 is making for excellent winter fishing in the lower Roanoke River. Stripers in lower Roanoke River are biting up a storm

Although the weather outside may be frightful, lower Roanoke River winter striper fishing has hit its stride.


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Anglers are landing good-size striped bass in deep water at Lake Hickory by using rainbow trout as live baits. Cold weather hasn't slowed down striper bite at Lake Hickory

When cold winter weather blankets North Carolina, freshwater fishing prospects usually falter, but fishermen who are braving the conditions at Lake Hickory are being rewarded with striped bass.


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Tying flies to replace ones youíve lost or simply adding new patterns is a great task for too-cold-to-fish days. Donít waste the winter

January and February usually are the harshest months, with cold, ice and snow, but the sun shines frequently enough, even in the dead of winter, to provide pleasant fishing respites from the cold. On those gloomy days when you can’t go fishing, take a little time to prepare for the times when you can. Being prepared often can make the difference in an enjoyable fishing outing or a frustrating one.


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Fishermen have been catching plenty of slot-sized red drum around the Cape Lookout rock jetties, along with bluefish, black drum and sea mullet. Forget the bluefins! The drum are biting around the Cape Lookout rock jetty

Noah Lynk of Noah’s Ark Charters in Harkers Island said it’s hard to ignore the lure of chasing huge bluefin tuna within a few miles of the beach at Cape Lookout, but for fishermen who don’t have the heavy duty equipment or the desire to get pulled around by a 700-pound fish, the inshore fishing around the Cape has been good.


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More and bigger hybrid bass are showing up in the creels of Lake Norman fishermen; the bite over the past several weeks has been excellent. Lake Norman anglers welcome great cold-weather hybrid bite

Lake Norman’s fishery has changed for the better, according to one guide, and the winter bite is showing exactly how, with a lot of hybrid bass being caught from the 32,510-acre reservoir on the Catawba River.


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Hunter Davis has an awfully big seat on his dad's boat, Grady Bunch, after it landed a 785-pound bluefin tuna on Jan. 1. The crew followed up that catch with a 767-pound bluefin the next day. Back-to-back bluefin add up to more than 1,500 pounds for Fuquay-Varina captain

The crew of the Grady Bunch, fishing the first two days of 2015 just outside Beaufort Inlet, may not have landed a state-record bluefin tuna, but the three men and a boy almost certainly accomplished a feat no other North Carolina saltwater crew has duplicated, two bluefin tuna that combined to weigh more than 1,500 pounds.


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