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Jan Peele caught this redfish on the low end of the tide cycle in a backwater creek in the Little River area — which has no shortage of great habitat for both reds and speckled trout. Stripping for Reds
The chilly breezes and frigid waters of winter often fail to deter fishermen targeting redfish that prowl the pristine, remote mud flats around the North Carolina-South Carolina border.
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Humminbird was first to introduce side-scan technology, and is now suing competitor Lowrance claiming patent infringement. Humminbird, Lowrance begin legal battle over side-scan technology
A battle over the right to produce and sell side-scan technology began Wednesday (Jan. 27), with Humminbird's parent company claiming Lowrance has infringed its patent.
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Striped bass can be winter treats for anglers who fish in creeks near Lake Norman’s two hot-water discharge plants. Lake Norman’s hot holes good bets for winter fish
During the dead of winter, fishing at most large N.C. impoundments grinds to a halt — except at Lake Norman.
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Surf and boat anglers at Cape Lookout are seeing huge schools of red drum during calm days. Big redfish schools in Cape Lookout surf
After a recent warming trend and light winds followed an early January cold snap, Crystal Coast anglers witnessed huge schools of red drum in the surf near Cape Lookout.
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A proposed closure of much of the state's coastal waters to large-mesh gill nets is a temporary fix to the problem of threatened sea turtles becoming entangled. However, the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries proposal would be lifted if the feds grant a statewide Section 10 permit. DMF director proposes temporary removal of gill nets
The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries director has proposed closing a large section of the state’s estuarine waters to large-mesh gill nets between May 15 and Dec. 15, according to the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina.
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January is a good month to go after blue catfish at Lake Norman. Catfishing is hot at Lake Norman
Even with North Carolina squeezed in the bitter two-fisted grip of winter, anglers can pay their money and take their choices of catfish — blues, flatheads or channels — at Lake Norman, said guide Jerry Neeley of Bessemer City.
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Red drum are hitting soft-plastic lures on small jigheads at the bays and creeks near Southport during sunny days with light wind. Inshore reds, stripers active in Cape Fear
Southeastern N.C. is one of few areas where saltwater inshore fish remain active during winter, especially in the Cape Fear River near Wilmington to the Southport area.
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The author admires a really nice largemouth bass taken from Lake Wylie on a January trip. Warm-water discharges make fish more active than they are under normal winter conditions. Wylie Wonderland
Tarheel State fishermen have a big choice during the winter: stay home and watch television and see guys catch fish from the phosphate pits of Florida or go fishing.
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Sylva's Heather Broom spent the past two years fishing the Women's Bassmaster Tour, but will have to look elsewhere for tournament success after BASS canceled the circuit. Women's Bassmaster Tournament eliminated
The Women's Bassmaster Tour was eliminated Monday (Jan. 4)by BASS, which said the circuit just never gained traction.
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Green sea turtles often are caught by gill nets in N.C. coastal waters. Turtle lawsuit to remove gill nets still on track
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of Topsail Island expected to file a lawsuit sometime during January aimed at removing gill nets from North Carolina coastal waters.
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Popular streamers such as the Mickey Finn (above left) and Muddler Minnow account for a lot of winter trout, especially in high-water conditions. Streamers: best choice on full streams
Heavy rainfall kept rivers and creeks full this summer and fall, and it appears the trend is continuing into the winter. Good for the fish, bad for the fishers.
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Speckled trout are among the most-popular of all inshore saltwater fish in North Carolina waters. Say ‘HI’
While it bustles along pretty well from about Easter to Thanksgiving, Harkers Island is a very slow-paced place during the winter — and that’s not a bad thing. About the only people around are the locals and a few hardy fishermen who know the speckled trout season doesn’t end with the first time the water freezes in the dog’s bowl. For those folks willing to wear snuggies, a heavy coat and gloves, there are trout to be caught all winter.
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