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Cataloochie Creek produces a lot of chunky rainbows like this beauty. The ‘Top Cat’ of trout Cataloochie is one of NC’s best areas
Few places exist where you can fish for trout with elk looking over your shoulder, and few western North Carolina streams contain more brook trout than rainbows or brown trout. Cataloochee Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is such a place.
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A big, powerful amberjack will usually be more than enough for the strongest and most-fit of anglers; they don’t call them ‘reef donkeys’ for nothing. All Jacked Up
In the world of sportfishing, there are certain classes of fish. At the tippy top of the elite A-list are billfish, those fish that must be reeled in with the pinky of the reeling hand outstretched just so. Billfish are released to fight again, garnering a swell of pride and an immediate need for a mobile status update to Facebook.
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Quite a few of the catfish that Marion “Ramrod” Hall catches wind up as fried catfish fingers or in catfish tacos. Use Your ‘Noodle’
Marion F. “Ramrod” Hall figures Tony Milam and Michael “Chubb” Reaves may owe him one.
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Flounder are suckers for soft-plastic jerkbaits fished on leadheads. The same lures rigged on flutter hooks are deadly on largemouths and stripers. Cross the Line
A lot of fisherman in the Carolinas go both ways — that is, they target both freshwater and saltwater species of fish throughout the year.
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Frustration mounting over gamefish bill delay
“Laws are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made.” — Otto von Bismarck
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This bay in Core Creek is fairly well-protected from summer winds. Saltwater Series: Atlantic Beach
Atlantic Beach and Morehead City have been favorite fishing destinations for many North Carolina fishermen for many years. Atlantic Beach is the eastern end of Bogue Banks and has an ocean beach, while Morehead City is located across the Intracoastal Waterway and Bogue Sound on the mainland. The bounty of fish caught in the waters here is legendary, and most years something is ready to stretch a curious angler’s string all year.
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Most of the species Mike Taylor catches incidentally to flounder on structure off Bogue Inlet aren’t as desirable as this gag grouper. Bump the Bottom
On a warm, sunny, calm day, Capt. Mike Taylor navigated his 24-foot bay boat through Bogue Inlet without a hitch until he hit the last set of breakers. As the boat crested the final wave and slammed down into the trough on the ocean side, he changed course eastward.
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Christian Wolfe has his hands full with a couple of nice Snow’s Cut sheepshead. A Bridge Not Too Far
Jeff Wolfe smiled as he slowly motored the quarter-mile from the boat ramp at Snow’s Cut below US 421 to the supports of the bridge spanning the waterway.
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The discussion continues regarding Striped Bass receiving gamefish status Legislative study committee created to reorganize saltwater management
As promised by game-fish bill sponsor Darrell McCormick (R-Iredell, Surry, Yadkin), HB 353 might not have survived the crossover deadline, but a major study of how saltwater resources are managed was the outcome of extreme opposition to the bill.
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Tom Blevins displays a large sheepshead caught with a fiddler crab. Spanish, flounder, sheepshead fishing sizzling at Crystal Coast
Inshore anglers are having a good time catching Spanish mackerel, flounder and sheepshead at the Crystal Coast.
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Capt. Mike Taylor landed this flounder while fishing a jig on the hard bottoms near Bogue Inlet. Heavy rigging for deep jigging in Bogue Inlet
The Bogue Inlet rocks (Keypost rocks) and Bogue Inlet artificial reef are in much deeper water than the places most flounder anglers go to find fish. This particular bottom is located in more than 50 feet of water.
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Nick Anderson (left), Rick Anderson and Jeremmie Mullis with the Kerr Lake trophy Kinston H.S. football coach catches potential world-record blue catfish from Kerr Lake
Nick Anderson of Greenville knew that John H. Kerr Reservoir has produced some very large blue catfish in recent months, including a Virginia state record fish that weighed 109 pounds and a 95-pounder his father caught several weeks ago.
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