Fishing News and Information

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An blue marlin at close quarters during the 2010 Sportsman Adventure Join Sportsman for billfishing frenzy
A group of Sportsman anglers and their friends will be flying to Costa Rica on April 3 for three days of offshore fishing – and there are still a few spots left on this trip of a lifetime.
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The backs of creeks that aren’t completely drained during low-tide cycles will often hold warmer water in the winter, and that will attract redfish. Red Means Warm!
Late last January, the North Carolina coast was in the throes of the coldest winter of the decade. Quick temperature drops had already triggered trout kills, and the water temperature in the Cape Fear River had plunged into the high 30s.
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Big spotted bass are a common catch on Lake Norman during the winter. Spots appear to handle the colder winter water better than largemouths. Warm Up Norman’s Bass
It was the middle of January, and most anglers had put away their fishing gear and were stuck watching outdoor shows on TV, tinkering in the basement or going shopping with the wife.
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The NCDMF has tagged more than 14,000 stripers in the Cape Fear River since 1980 to obtain needed information about the fishery. Winter Wonders
Throughout the chilly winter months, downtown Wilmington along the Cape Fear River harbors more than just a retired battleship and a dozen 1,000-foot container ships.
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MFC hatches dubious plot to rebuild specks
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission made another astoundingly bad decision Nov. 22, ignoring state law in favor of the wants of a handful of strike netters who target speckled trout.
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MotorGuide R3
The new R3 trolling motor from MotorGuide is the perfect choice for the angler seeking a versatile and high-quality trolling motor at a very reasonable price. The R3 boasts five forward and two reverse speeds, is available in 30-, 40-, 45- and 55-pound thrust variations, and comes with an array of features, including an easily reversible head to allow for back trolling and numerous mount locations.
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Power-Pole
JL Marine is now offering a colorful new Power-Pole shallow water anchor designed and signed by the inventor himself. The John Oliverio Signature Series has all the same great features of the Power-Pole Pro Series, plus an all new light weight design with faster deployment speed. It also marks the introduction of their first 4 foot anchor for extremely shallow boats in addition to their standard 6 and 8 feet poles. This Signature Series is made of strong, durable aircraft grade aluminum, and comes in four colors and three sizes.
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Shibui Yana
The Shibui Yana is an innovative new fishing lure from Talon Lures that combines the foundation of a buzzbait with the dressings of a swim jig and a spinner. The Shibui Yana features highly detailed paint jobs, 3-D eyes and lifelike hand tied skirts. The versatile Shibui Yana can be slow rolled and bumped along bottom cover, counted down and retrieved through suspended bass, or burned over grassbeds and other submerged cover.
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Work-Rite Suspension Kit
Designed to provide added support to trucks carrying extra weight on the front, Firestone Industrial Products has announced their new Work-Rite Suspension Kits. The kits feature load assist springs that are mounted to the vehicle’s frame to supplement its factory suspension. Most Work-Rite kits offer a no-drill design and can be adjusted by the user for their specific loading scenario. The kits include load assist springs, brackets, comprehensive instructions and all necessary mounting hardware for an easy installation that requires basic hand tools and takes less than an hour.
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Badonk-A-Donk SS
Since introducing their very successful Badonk-A-Donk topwater series in 2010, Bomber Saltwater Grade has been hard at work coming up with the perfect slow sinking weapon when the fish aren’t in a topwater mood. The new Badonk-A-Donk SS series does just that by suspending in the strike zone when you work it. Measuring 2 ½ inches, the Badonk-A-Donk SS comes in 15 different colors and has an internal structure that allows for a horizontal fall rate of 1-2 feet per second.
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Capt. Chris Eberwein and Capt. Joe Hecht weighed this 47-pound blue catfish in their net, supported it and released it in a healthy state. Proper release is more than just a ‘throw-back’
One of my pet peeves is with fishermen who release fish, but handle them so poorly the fish are often injured and may not survive. When this happens, those fish weren’t actually released; they were simply thrown back over the side.
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Over-slot red drum are available at the marsh island near Harkers Island if anglers can find warm water. Finding warmer water key to catching reds, specks
Red drum and speckled trout were about the only inshore saltwater species available near Harkers Island before a two-week-long blast of frigid arctic air and a snow-and-ice storm blasted across North Carolina.
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