Fishing News and Information

Reel Fishing
Hatchery-supported trout streams in the N.C. mountains offer the chance to land a big trout. Trout, smallmouths available at mountain streams
Mountain trout and smallmouth fishing are “really good now,” according to a western North Carolina-based fly-fishing guide.
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Bit speckled trout do a great deal of their feeding in low-light conditions at dawn and dusk, but fishing at night may be your best chance of hooking up with a real trophy. Big night bite!
Fishermen catch speckled trout throughout the day, but the majority are caught early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Often overlooked by many anglers is the night bite. Trout will feed throughout the night during the summer when conditions are right.
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Kiss-ing Triggers
The order of the day was bottom-fishing when Capt. Devin Cage steered The Poacher out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and into the ocean. The waters off the northern Outer Banks are prime fishing grounds, with each rock and crevice a potential honey hole for a number of bottom-dwelling species, one of the most sought-after being triggerfish.
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Sheepshead on the Rocks
Fishing partners Lewis Emery and Larry Essick of Wilmington enjoy chasing a couple of species that are plentiful in their area, but they often take a break from red drum and sea trout to challenge sheepshead.
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Smallmouth ‘Toe’-Hold
Scott Cunningham backed his trailer down a steep incline, the sort of grade where an angler hopes his parking brake holds when he off-loads his boat, lest he need a wrecker or winch to fish his pickup out of the water.
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Fishermen who can accurately put a fly in front of a carp that is feeding along a shoreline in shallow can hook up with the likes of this big-lipped specimen.
Bonefish in your Backyard
The weather forecast hadn’t changed for nearly two weeks: mid-90s, high humidity with little chance of rain barring a scattered evening thunderstorm.
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DualFin Planer Board
The DualFin is an in-line, ultra-light, user-friendly, super-tough planer-board, great for boat or shore fishermen.
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Anglers are finding puppy drum next to the banks at lower Neuse marsh islands. Puppy drum explode at lower Neuse River
Slot-size puppy drum are providing hot action at the lower Neuse River.
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The Lumber River produces some nice bass, in part because of the fertile nature of backwater swamp areas. Lay the Lumber to ’Em!
Meandering through century-old cypress and tupelo swamps, the tea-colored waters of the picturesque Lumber River swiftly glide from its headwaters in the sandhills of North Carolina to its confluence with the Little Pee Dee River across the South Carolina line.
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Cover
Fishing in the sounds around Roanoke Island is top-drawer for flounder, especially during the summer.
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The Cape Carteret-based Carnivore, which caught this 528-pound blue marlin last week, was named winner of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Tuesday after tournament officials disqualified an 883-pound blue marlin caught by the Hatteras-based Citation for a rules violation. Big Rock disqualifies Citation, moves Carnivore to first place
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Monday disqualified an 883-pound blue marlin caught by the Hatteras-based Citation after determining that the boat's mate did not have a valid North Carolina fishing license when the fish was caught.
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Flounder are under a tremendous amount of fishing pressure in North Carolina waters — especially from the commercial sector. Sound Advice
The colonists making up the first permanent English settlement in the New World might not have perished had Sir Walter Raleigh included fishing tackle as part of their tools for survival. The failed settlement on Roanoke Island was surrounded by pristine, grass-covered marshes abundant with rich sea life. If Capt. Reese Stecher had been part of that initial colonial charter, the “Lost Colony” may have succeeded.
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