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Sheepshead fishing is starting to heat up at southeastern N.C. Sheepshead bite warms up at southeastern coast
The inshore waters of southeastern North Carolina warmed up enough during the last two weeks to activate a good sheepshead bite.
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State and federal managers agree that gray trout are overfished, and a recent state decision to ignore a federal mandate aimed at reducing the catch of the species could result in the complete closure of the fishery in North Carolina waters. North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission ruled out of compliance with federal weakfish mandate
For the first time, a North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission decision regarding a fisheries resource has been voted out of compliance with federal regulations by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the matter could ultimately result in a statewide closure for weakfish.
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Striped bass are attempting to spawn in the Yadkin chain of lakes, especially behind the Tuckertown dam. Stripers backed up at Tuckertown dam
May is a transition month at most central North Carolina lakes as fish are spawning, bedding or moving off beds.
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Big red drum are in the nearshore waters at Cape Lookout. Big redfish are at Cape Lookout
Large red drum weighing from 30 to 50 pounds are providing rod-bending action for anglers at Cape Lookout’s east beaches and shoals.
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Correction: North Carolina Sportsman inadvertantly publishes last year's fishing regs
The May 2010 issue of North Carolina Sportsman included the 2009 North Carolina freshwater and saltwater regulations instead of the 2010 regulations.
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With the removal of the Dillsboro Dam, the Tuckasegee River has an uninterrupted flow from Cullowhee to Fontana Lake. Dam removal expected to enhance fishing on Tuckasegee River
The historic Dillsboro Dam in Jackson County has been demolished, creating approximately 32 miles of free-flowing water on the Tuckasegee River from Cullowhee to Fontana Reservoir.
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Lake Hickory isn’t known for producing a lot of huge, slab crappie, and neither is it known for giving up huge numbers of fish, but it’s a good lake to catch some nice fish. Slab Shooters
The spawn is over and done, and the crowds of perch-jerkers have gone home, so it must be time to get back to crappie fishing at Lake Hickory.
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The author caught this fine speckled trout on a topwater plug cast from his kayak. Yak It Up
When he’s not working at the Great Outdoor Provision Company in Wilmington, Will Huffine can usually be found fishing —from land, pier and boat — but he is especially fond of fishing out of his kayak. He often has it strapped to the rack on his pickup truck so he can head to one of several local fishing holes directly from work.
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Jon Smith (left) and Jarrett Freeze won the Feb. 27 Yadkin Team Tournament event at Badin Lake. Cherry, Lineberger win in Ledbetter
Hank Cherry of Maiden and Shane Lineberger of Lincolnton topped a field of 189 teams in the March 14 Jim Ledbetter Memorial Team Bass Tournament at Lake Norman, a tournament that raises money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
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Spring and fall are the best times to catch a yellowfin tuna off the Outer Banks. 24-Carat
One of the great things about Hatteras is the proximity of the fishing grounds to the inlet. The relatively short run to the bluewater maximizes the fishing time and makes for more fishable days because you have some leeway when it comes to borderline conditions.
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Big-trout guru Mark Davis said topwater baits are a great way to target gator specks, especially fished over submerged structure or visible cover. The Wright Stuff
Just after the turn of the 20th century, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio — Orville and Wilbur Wright — converged on the then-obscure coastal town of Kitty Hawk. The area was attractive to the Wrights, who were intent on inventing the world’s first successful airplane, because of its lofty sand dunes, regular ocean breezes and soft, sandy landing surfaces.
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A gorgeous brown trout is a reward for the work it takes to get off the beaten path and into the wilds of Hazel Creek. Hiking Hazel
Traveling up the Hazel Creek Trail into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park affords excellent trout fishing and so much more.
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