Fishing News and Information

Catch more Atlantic Beach red drum and sea trout with these tips

Some pretty cold weather has set in around Atlantic Beach, but that hasn’t stopped anglers from catching plenty of red drum and sea trout. These two species are definitely the stars of the show this time of year. Casting topwater plugs on the high, falling tide is a good tactic for both species, said Matt Zook of Capt. Joe’s Bait and Tackle.

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January 20 at 4:05 pm
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Alabama rig is great during cold weather. Use the right one, the right way.

Love it or hate it, there’s little doubt that the Alabama rig has added a new dimension to bass fishing, and especially during cold weather when fish are really keying on schools of bait.

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January 19 at 9:52 am
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New Garmin combo units CHIRP and draw their own maps

Garmin bills its new echoMAP CHIRP models as a series of “entry-level” combination sonar/GPS units with built-in CHIRP sonar technology, but I think the term “affordable” fits better.

We covered CHIRP here a while back, but let’s take another look at it and review why it’s important to our boating and fishing.

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January 19 at 9:00 am
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Fish sometimes bite popping corks; this one is ready for them

If you’ve spent much time fishing with a popping cork, it’s happened to you. You’re fishing along, popping your wrist to make that popping cork create just the right sound, pausing in between, letting the lure under your popping cork settle before popping it again. And then, your popping cork gets crushed by a gator trout.†

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January 19 at 12:58 am
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Take advantage of the bass bite

Usually I write about seasonal approaches to bass fishing this time of year, but all too often we tend to get caught up in what the fish should be doing instead of what they are actually doing. †

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January 15 at 9:00 am
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Tight-line for tough Badin Lake crappie

“l’ll do whatever I need to do to catch crappie in winter,” said guide Maynard Edwards, and if January turns off bitter cold, that might just mean chasing them all the way to the bottom of Badin Lake.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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In January, think cold for long-lining Badin Lake crappie

Although long-line trolling is the goal when suspended crappie are the target, it is always possible that a mild December or a series of warm fronts could cause crappie to hang up in the deep brush they’ve been calling home rather than transitioning to open water.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Planer boards adapt well for striped bass

Maynard Edwards is one of North Carolina’s supreme tinkerers when it comes to discovering new and effective fishing techniques.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Commissionís tight regulations have revived red drum

In the 17 years since the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission defined catch standards to prevent overfishing, and the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission published a fisheries management plan for the species that set more-restrictive limits for commercial and recreational fishermen, red drum have thrived in North Carolina waters.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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The catfish graph shows all

Dieter Melhorn said the above graph represents 13-pound and larger catfish caught each year, depicted in different colors. The length of the bar represents the average number of fish caught per day that were 13 pounds or larger.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Lake Wylieís catfish from a biological perspective

It’s one thing to have fishermen tout a lake as being great for a certain species, but taking a look from a scientific and biological perspective adds depth to that analysis.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Tag big catfish for tell-tail information

Jeff Manning and Dieter Melhorn are staunch believers in tagging and releasing their larger catfish. The tags, obtained through the Catawba Catfish Club, are numbered to identify the fish and have contact info to report recaptures to share information.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Shooting docks now easier for crappie anglers

The term “shooting docks” might sound like a duck hunting term, but it’s actually a well-known fishing technique among crappie anglers throughout the Carolinas. Despite the name, no firearms are involved.

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January 12 at 4:45 pm
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17-year-old angler catches 9.3-pound bass in Mt. Island Lake

Nick Roser was catching a few small bass on Jan. 10 at Mountain Island Lake, but the wind was blowing hard, so he decided to find a cove in hopes of getting out of the 15-mph gusts. The move led him to his biggest largemouth yet, a 9.3-pounder.

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January 12 at 12:01 pm
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Donít you dare delay - Delayed-harvest is a winter anglerís dream

If you want to catch good numbers of trout in the winter, head for a delayed-harvest stream. These streams are heavily stocked in October and November, and fishing remains good throughout the cold months. Streams are stocked again for the spring season beginning in March, and some stockings continue through early summer.

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January 12 at 9:00 am
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"JAWS" boat restored, takes veterans fishing out of Beaufort

In the 1960s and 70s, author Peter Benchley fished for sharks aboard the Cricket II, a boat that fished out of Montauk, N.Y. back then. Benchley then wrote the movie Jaws, in large part based on his experiences on the 42-foot vessel.

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January 11 at 11:50 am
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Shallotte angler catches 13-pound flounder in South Carolina's North Santee River

Fresh off winning the annual Capt. Rickey’s Trout Speck-tacular Tournament on Egret Baits’ new Rattling Vudu Shrimp, Clay Morphis of Shallotte, N.C., caught a big prize, a 13-pound, 30.5-inch flounder, with the same lure on Dec. 29.

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January 04 at 10:46 am
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Lake Norman bass biting strong in shallow water on these lures

The calendar shouted “Happy New Year”, but the water-temperature display on the screen of Carson Orellana’s Lowrence depth finder said 61.7 degrees.

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January 04 at 8:30 am
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