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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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Fishermen make more than a half-million trips to Falls of Neuse Lake in any given year — many of them for largemouth bass. Economic clout of Falls of the Neuse

When Falls of the Neuse was completed in 1981, the 28-mile long reservoir not only provided drinking water for surrounding communities, aided with flood control and created wildlife habitat, it also offered outdoor recreational opportunities, including fishing, that had a significant economic impact upon the area.


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Guide Joel Munday shows off the kind of quality largemouth bass that Falls of Neuse Lake is capable of producing. Falls Lake supports excellent bass fishery

Electroshocking samples of Falls of the Neuse conducted in 2009, 2011 and 2013 indicate the lake has a balanced bass fishery with an appropriate mix of age classes, including an ample number of trophy bass.


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Rainbow trout are common, both wild and stocked, in many of North Carolina’s 3,000 miles of mountain trout streams. WNC Trout Primer

• North Carolina has more than 3,000 miles of trout waters, with the majority of those streams and rivers accessible from public highways. They begin roughly just west of Hickory and extend north and west to the Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia borders. Many streams are on public lands, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. In addition, Jackson County boasts the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, which includes 15 different streams.


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The tailrace below Tuckertown Dam is a great summer spot to catch largemouth bass, striped baass and white bass. A ‘dam good’ shallow summer bass spot

Almost all summer fishing for bass is done in deep water, but one of guide Maynard Edwards’ favorite areas at Badin Lake is only 6 feet deep — if that.


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A white buzzbait fished in the first hour of daylight can “call up” bass from Badin Lake’s deep water. The Badin bomber: an urban legend?

Apparently some North Carolina lakes of considerable depth generate as many legendary tales as they do fish tales.


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Popular terrestrials, left to right: San Juan Worm, Black Ant, Japanese Beetle, Inchworm, Letort Cricket,, Chernobyl Ant, Ladybug, Joe’s Hopper and Jack Cabe Hopper. Summer: terrestrial time

In the summer, when insect hatches are sparse, trout depend more on what falls into the water than what hatches in it. Terrestrials, or land-based insects, make up the bulk of a trout’s diet from early summer until first frost. Terrestrials include various beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, worms, bees, ants, cicadas, fireflies, damselflies, crane flies and just about any other insect that flies crawls or hops. If it’s an insect that a trout will eat, fly shops will have dozens of different patterns that imitate them, both floating and sinking versions.


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Guide Rick Patterson has been putting plenty of flounder into his livewell in the waters around Swansboro. Inshore bite great around Swansboro for flounder, redfish

According to Capt. Rick Patterson of Cape Crusader Charters in Cape Carteret, summer has been good for fishing along the Crystal Coast. A variety of fish are being caught in nearshore and inshore waters, and flounder and red drum lead the catches.


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Clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen and hydration are all ways to combat effects of the summer sun. Take care of your hide

Most fishermen have experience with sunburn and sweat, a couple of things that result from fishing during the summer. One is good, and the other is bad, but I’m going to mention both this month. Hopefully, you take it as advice from a friend. Let me assure you, this is something I practice as well as preach.


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Weedless spoons should be a major part of any inshore fishermann's tackle box; they catch most popular species. Weedless spoons? Don't leave home without them

Most saltwater fishermen have an array of soft plastics, jigheads, topwater plugs and floating- or popping-cork rigs in their tackle boxes, but often, one of the most-important and productive lures is missing: weedless spoons.


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