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Big speckled trout are biting actively in the Cape Fear River from Wilmington to Southport. Speckled trout fishing picks up at Cape Fear
Speckled trout fishing action is beginning to increase from Wilmington to Southport in the Cape Fear River.
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Flags were flying by the dozen after a white-marlin blitz Aug. 30. 57 white marlin released off Maryland coast, sets new catch-and-release record
The summer offshore fishing has been incredible for the crew of "Billfisher," a 62-foot Paul Spencer based in Ocean City, Md. They achieved 200 marlin releases in 32 days of fishing, including a new record 57 white marlin released on Aug. 30 when a fleet of nine sportfishers left Sunset Marina, and caught and released 267 white marlin during the all-day fishing frenzy.
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Big brown trout are available for anglers during drift fishing at the South Holston and Watauga rivers. Mountain trout available at wild stream pools
With a lack of rainfall in the western N.C. mountains, anglers chasing rainbows, browns and brook trout are able to find fish stacked up in pools at wild-trout streams.
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Anglers fear that surf-fishing could be curtailed severely at places such as Cape Point near Buxton if the National Park Service enforces piping plover critical habitat range. Judge's decision is setback for Outer Banks beach-access supporters
Outer Banks residents and visiting anglers who visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore believe that flawed science is behind the federal government’s attempts to shut down public beach access.
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Steve Gentry have put a lot of slab crappie in his boat by fishing live minnows and slow-trolling them vertically over offshore structure like humps, brushpiles and creek channels. The “tight-lining” method requires some good equipment, including rods, rod holders and depthfinders. Tighten up for Fall Slabs
In days gone by, crappie fishing was a springtime, single-rod venture aimed at filling a stringer with slabs and a frying pan with tender white fillets. While casting and jigging with a single rod can be extremely effective when fish are holding around shallow, visible cover, finding them in open water where you can barely make out the shoreline, much less fish it, is another challenge.
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String-stretching smoker kings abound off the coast along the North Carolina-South Carolina border throughout the fall, with the first consistent numbers of fish moving closer to the beach when the water temperature drops back into the 70s. Big Kings at Little River
As Labor Day approaches, a lot of sportsmen turn their attention, at least momentarily, to thoughts of dove shoots and Thermacell and bucks in velvet.
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Nick Morris of Colerain (right) is all smiles after boating a gaffer dolphin aboard The Spray. Make a Point
Slipping out of Pirates Cove Marina and heading toward Oregon Inlet, Capt. Harold Smith was steering The Spray, his 61-foot sportfisher, through the pre-dawn darkness toward the bluewater, when the radio crackled.
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‘Old’ drum, which are the largest members of the species, are the main target of anglers at the lower Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. ‘Old’ drum main game in town at lower Neuse
Anglers are targeting ‘old’ (big) drum at the lower Neuse and Pamlico Sound.
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The Elite-5 DSI units also contain built-in GPS receiver/antenna modules compatible with an assortment of digital cartography. An external antenna is optional for boats that require them. Fish finders lower learning curve to speed bump
Wandering the aisles at the annual ICAST show last month looking at next year’s fishing equipment, I realized that the convention is a window into the future in more ways than one. I’d heard about the new fish finders Lowrance was going to introduce, but their significance didn’t really hit me until I saw them running in the company’s booth.
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Brad Younts of Lexington won the Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament on High Rock Lake with better than 18 pounds. Younts survives, wins at High Rock
Despite a 1-pound penalty for two dead fish, Brad Younts of Lexington captured the July 10 Bassmaster Weekend Series N.C. Division 5 event at High Rock Lake with 18.10 pounds.
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Build a spread fit for a king (mackerel)
Everyone wants to know the secrets or hot tips for catching big king mackerel, and they are often initially a little put out when I tell them there aren’t any major secrets. The best tip ever given for catching big kings — and this would undoubtedly work for catching most predator fish — is to put something it likes to eat in front of it when it’s hungry. Often eyes roll and “smart ass” forms on lips, but it is undeniably true.
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Hopperflies and inchworms are productive terrestrials for late-summer trout. For late-summer, go with terrestrials
I discovered on a late summer outing to Tanasee Creek in Jackson County that brown trout are especially fond of inchworms.
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