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Rigging a soft-plastic bait weedless on a tiny jighead will allow anglers to fish flooded shoreline cover around Kerr Lake. A weedless jig for flooded shorelines

While the impoundment of Kerr Lake may have solved many problems in the flood-prone area downstream, fishing the high water resulting from early spring rains requires another solution. †


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Hollow-body frogs normally have either a pointed or a cupped face, which produce different sounds upon retrieve. Faces, legs give frogs different personalities

Like most lures, artificial frogs come in a variety of sizes and colors, but they also come in a variety of styles. †


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The spring cobia run off Cape Lookout will often put fishermen in range of some of the big black drum that are moving into the area. Other targets of opportunity

Anglers often get shots at other species while targeting cobia on a sight-fishing trip.†


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Donít be afraid of using big artificial baits; this cobia regurgitated 11 small stingrays after it was boated. Fish roll-ups

Anglers should not shy away from using big lures such as heavy jigheads with foot-long artificial eels for cobia because they have huge appetites and cavernous mouths.†


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The author caught this big spawning female in the shallows. The many stages of May

Bass have a whole lot going on in the spring. Spawning, fishing pressure and rising water temperatures all contribute to when and where you can catch fish. If you think about it, it’s amazing we can catch any bass, period, with all they have going on. Luckily, we have two things going for us: one is their protective instincts, the other is good, old-fashioned hunger. †


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Joel Richardson can change out crankbaits quickly and easily because of the way he organizes his tackle and lures. Organized tackle makes for better days on the water, bass guide says

Successful anglers have several common characteristics, but one of the most important is organization. For bass fishermen, that means every piece of tackle has a place, and every place has a certain piece of tackle.


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Big, gaffer-sized dolphin have invaded the waters out of Hatteras. Hatteras captain expects dolphin fishing to return to fantastic as soon as seas subside

Fishermen headed offshore from Hatteras received a few days of R&R over the weekend as tropical storm Ana stirred up the ocean, but Capt. Jeremy Hicks of Calypso Sportfishing expects the dolphin, tuna and wahoo to resume their relentless attack as soon as the seas subside.


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Mike Kesselring fishes Rough Creek in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. A fly in the ointment

Mike Kesselring of Bryson City has, by his count, 7,500 trout flies, a collection that includes dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, streamers and terrestrials that he has accumulated over 25 years, and, he said, “The only flies I’ve ever tied were at the end of a tippet.”


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With Wes Schwabe on the rod, Mark Chambers and Steven Meyers boated this 110-inch blue marlin while fishing in a 24-foot center console boat offshore out of Morehead City. Small-boat crew decks enormous blue marlin out of Morehead City

What does a 550-pound blue marlin that measures almost 10-feet long look like inside a 24-foot center-console boat?


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Finding this big flathead catfish floating lazily next to his family's Lake Norman boat dock, 10-year-old Nick Holjak netted the fish and pulled it in. After taking a few pictures, he released the fish, which calmly swam away. Lake Norman boy, 10, nets 4-foot flathead sunning near family dock

Nick Holjak often fishes from his family’s dock at Lake Norman, or in a nearby cove from a makeshift boat, but the 10-year-old wasn’t even holding a rod when he landed the kind of fish many anglers spend their lives pursuing: a flathead catfish that weighed close to 40 pounds.


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Lots of gaffer dolphin have piled into the bluewater offshore of Morehead City in the past week. Dolphin bite out of Morehead City has been off the charts

Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing in Atlantic Beach said a full-blown dolphin bite is taking place around the Big Rock, Swansboro Hole, the Rise and other popular offshore fishing destinations, with the bite taking off a few days ago after the first fish showed up in the middle of April.


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Fishermen will be able to target black sea bass in waters north of Cape Hatteras in 10 days. Black sea bass closure ends May 15 north of Cape Hatteras

The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open May 15 in both federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.


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