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Spanish mackerel caught on ‘lite’ live baits are bigger than those caught trolling spoons. Live Bait ‘Lite’
The live-bait craze hit the king mackerel world 25 years ago, and in the span of four or five years, every serious fisherman had learned to throw a cast net, every center console had an aerated bait tank, and heavy tackle and trolling spoons had been replaced by light line, rods with fast tips and extra-sharp treble hooks.
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Getting looped isn’t all that bad, right?
While some of you may remember me from my younger days and thought with this title I might be about to tell a tale about working with rock and roll concerts, this column isn’t about that. It’s about using loop knots and presenting several situations where they are the preferred connection while fishing. Now let’s relax a little, put on our glasses and take a look at several ways of getting looped.
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Anthony Ng caught this scamp grouper after a relatively short run to an offshore ledge out of Morehead City. At Last!
With bottomfish seasons open — finally — North Carolina anglers who fish out of Morehead City will find some of the best action. So many reefs, ledges and wrecks are such an easy boat ride out of port that it can be hard to pick a hard-bottom destination.
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All postspawn bass aren’t hard to catch, but at some point in the weeks after the spawn, they’re all hungry. 'Buzz' away those postspawn blues
For most fishermen, “postspawn” is a dreaded term. To them, it means that bass will be inactive, tired and unwilling to chase and bite lures.
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Speckled trout aren’t mentioned in the 2010 report on N.C. seafood harvest, most likely because management of these depleted fish hasn’t worked. Saltwater landings decrease tremendously in 2010, according to NCDMF, except for commercial shellfish
Although a news release from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries paints a rosy picture of saltwater harvests, a look at some of the details, especially those not included in the report, will alarm many observers.
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North Carolina has a wealth of fishing piers, offering great fishing opportunities for such species as red and black drum, king and Spanish mackerel, bluefish and many more. North Carolina piers offer great fishing options
North Carolina saltwater anglers, because of rising prices and federal fishing regulations, are turning to pier fishing. And there are plenty of options available along North Carolina’s coastline. A recent report by the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries reveals that pier fishing increased by 4 percent in 2010, while party-boat fishing saw a 15-percent decline on the heels of federal regulations that severely restricted offshore bottom fishing. North Carolina always has been known as a state with plenty of coastal fishing piers, although they were disappearing at a rapid rate until a few years ago. Once a state with 32 public fishing piers (1992), the state still has 19 fishable saltwater piers.
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Saltwater sportsmen need to contact House members of the Committee on Commerce and Job Development to express their support for H 353, the game-fish status bill that would protect red drum (above), spotted sea trout and striped bass.
Game-fish bill on track to move from North Carolina House to Senate
The home stretch is in sight for the fate of House Bill 353, the piece of legislation that would declare red drum, spotted seatrout and striped bass as game fish in North Carolina. coastal waters. The bill must be approved by the House and moved to the Senate by June 9 to continue through the legislative process. Before the piece of legislation can receive approval by the House, a public hearing must be held by the House Committee on Commerce and Job Development. North Carolina Sportsman has learned a hearing could be held as soon as the week of May 23-27.
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A fairly rare run of inshore chopper bluefish are attacking king mackerel float rigs at Bogue Inlet Pier. Chopper blues putting bite on king rigs at Bogue Pier
“Chopper” bluefish runs once were commonplace at the Outer Banks beaches, especially at Ocracoke Island, during October and November during the 1970s and early 1980s.
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The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission is looking into creating a hook-and-line fishery for ocean stripers, but the agency opposes the game-fish bill currently working through the General Assembly. Marine Fisheries Commission to seek public input on commercial striper fishery; opposes game-fish bill moving through General Assembly
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission decided last week (May 12) to ask the public what it thinks about a commercial hook and line fishery for ocean-caught striped bass as the agency mulls over the creation of a new fishery. Also at Thursday’s meeting, the commission voted to go on record opposing a bill in the North Carolina General Assembly that would designate spotted seatrout, red drum and striped bass as coastal game fish.
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Casey Ashley hoists the trophy after winning a BASS Elite tournament on Lake Murray on Sunday. Ashley wins BASS Elite event on Lake Murray
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two 3-pounders in the last 45 minutes of competition helped Casey Ashley to the win Sunday in the Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash with a total weight of 61 pounds, 3 ounces.
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S.C. angler Casey Anthony leads going into final day at Lake Murray Day 3: Ashley takes lead in Elite Series stop on Lake Murray
Four sporadic morning hours on a topwater bite were enough to carry Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., from the runner-up spot to the top Saturday (May 14) in the Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash on Lake Murray.
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Fred Roumbains moved up 34 places Friday to take the lead of the Bassmaster Elite Series event on South Carolina's Lake Murray. Day 2: Roumbanis leads Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Murray
In a second-day rally to repeat his 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series title on Lake Murray, Fred Roumbanis shot from 34th place into the lead Friday at the Carolina Clash. With a catch of 18-4 Friday for a two-day total of 30-9, the pro from Bixby, Okla., kept two South Carolina challengers at bay, but just barely. Eight ounces back was Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., who put up 30-1 for two days. A home-lake favorite, Davy Hite of Ninety Six, S.C., fell one spot into third with 29-7 after two days.
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