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Jordan Lake lost approximately 7,000 striped bass in a hot-water kill over the past month. Excessive heat causes largest freshwater striped bass kill in North Carolina history
Excessive, prolonged heat during July and August caused the largest single striped-bass kill in freshwater history in North Carolina at Jordan Lake, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission confirmed. Approximately 7,000 striped bass succumbed to the effects of extended 100-degree days, NCWRC District 5 fisheries biologist Corey Oakley said.
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Bass fishing can be tough early in the month, but if you stay on the water, things will only get better as October approaches. Lying in wait...Early September is tough, but later is great
There’s no month that can be tougher on bass fishermen than September, but fortunately, there’s no month when bass can change as much as they do from Labor Day until the approach of October.
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Mark Sherrer (left) and Hal Abshire won the Powers Swain Chevy tournament on the Roanoke River with these five bass. Thrift bags 2 FLW checksFive other NC pros also finish in money
Brian Thrift of Shelby finished in the money in two FLW Tour events over the past six weeks, while Brent Long of Cornelius, Chris Baumgarner of Gastonia, Brian Travis of Concord and Matt Arey of Shelby all took home checks in one of the two events.
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If a recent South Atlantic Fishery Managment Council decision is approved by federal officials, deep-water bottom fishing can begin again off the North Carolina coast. Fishery council votes to reopen deep-water bottom fishing in South Atlantic, feds still must approve decision
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted unanimously in a special meeting on Aug. 10 to reopen bottom fishing in waters 240 feet deep out to 200 miles after being closed since January. The decision will next go to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for review, and upon approval, it will become law.
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Capt. Butch Foster puts the hoist on a tremendous red grouper caught offshore of Southport this past summer. Autumn Down Low
Like many North Carolina charterboat captains, Butch Foster of Southport migrated to the coast from inland after spending many vacations there, finally deciding to make it his permanent home.
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In late summer, when streams are low and conditions are difficult, fish early and late and pay attention to deeper pools where the water is cooler. When it gets tough...Pick your spots, and be especially stealthy
Fishing conditions haven’t been ideal this summer. Week-long stretches of 90-degree temperatures, coupled with too little rain, have had a detrimental impact on many trout streams. Low water flow and high temperatures create stressful conditions for trout.
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A minnow trap and cast net are both great tools to fill your bait bucket with fresh, live bait — just about the best thing you can use to catch fish. With baited breath...Use the right tools, get the best live bait
It amazes me sometimes when I talk to fishermen and suggest trying live bait for targeting a certain fish, and the response is, “I’d really like to, but there’s no where around here that sells it.”
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The author leaves the larger cases locked in his truck after mounting his electronics, but he carries a small case onboard to keep his wallet, keys and cell phone dry. Protect your electronics investment
There is a list of risks I won’t take with my electronics, and it starts with leaving them installed while trailering to and from the launching ramp. I started removing my fishfinders back in the days when a paper chart recorder weighed about 8 pounds and a friend at a repair center warned me that neither the units nor their mounting systems were designed to take the kind of shock loads they can get while trailering down a pot-holed highway.
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Topwater baits will often do a number of New River redfish in the fall when the tremendous amount of forage available sends reds on a feeding binge that lasts several months. A 'New' Shade of Red
The New River is the only river in North Carolina that begins and ends in the same county, but that’s not the only reason it’s recognized. Fall fishing on the watercourse should get it plenty of notice, and with good reason.
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Tarpon fishing has been productive during the late summer at the southeastern N.C. coast. Bull reds, tarpon, flounder creating hot action at coast
Three species of saltwater fish — tarpon, red drum and flounder — are providing most of the action around Wrightsville Beach during late summer. “Tarpon fishing has been really good, but people have had trouble getting hooked up with these fish,” Capt. Jot Owens of JottaDown Charters said. “On Aug. 15, client Lewis Dunn finally got my first tarpon of the season to the boat; it measured 64 inches and around 85 pounds.”
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A new pier at George Poston Park Lake is designed to make it easy for children and wheelchair-bound anglers to take advantage of the fishery. George Poston Park Lake adds specialized pier
It’s easier than ever for anglers to fish at George Poston Park Lake in Gaston County now that a “universally accessible” fishing pier has been completed, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission announced today (Aug. 23). The recently completed pier is a project of the NCWRC and Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department, and extends 91 feet from the shore.
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Redfish usually take a back seat to flounder as anglers’ targets in the Southport area, but that doesn’t mean the waters around the little fishing village near the mouth of the Cape Fear River aren’t full of nice ones. Saltwater Series: Southport
Southport is one of those places just about everyone has heard about and some have fished. It is a sleepy tourist and fishing town on the mainland near the mouth of the Cape Fear River.
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