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Tim Barefoot shows off a nice gag grouper, one of a handful of bottomfish species that can be caught off Cape Fear late in the fall. But proposed changes in federal regulations may put a crimp in anglers’ future catches. Get ’Em While You Can
There was no doubt Barry Bobbitt had just had a strike. The tip of his rod bounced hard, but the pressure was gone before he could react. His was tense, anticipating that there was enough bait left on the jighead 100 feet below the surface to temp a hungry fish to return.
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Kennon Brown shows off a couple of “schoolie” sized Falls of Neuse largemouths. Bass A-Buzz
As late summer turns to autumn, among the best spots in North Carolina to scratch the largemouth itch is Falls of the Neuse Lake.
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Big wahoo are available for offshore boats based at Atlantic Beach/Beaufort/Morehead City when the weather cooperates. With calm weather, offshore action hot
With mild weather and calm winds near the end of October (temperatures in the 70s and low 80s) at N.C.’s Crystal Coast, anglers have been able to go offshore and catch pelagic sportfish and bottom fish.
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Green sea turtles and other endangered sea turtles, along with waterfowl, can become entangled in gill nets.
Conservation group could sue to have gill nets banned
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries were put on notice Oct. 19 that state coastal saltwater netting regulations are out of compliance with federal enviromental laws and face an impending lawsuit. The ultimate result could be a stunning ban of gill nets in all North Carolina coastal waters.
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Liz Bielski displays a large speckled trout she caught with Capt. Jot Owens during the 2009 Cape Fear Red-Trout Celebrity Classic. Try creeks for specks, reds, and flounder
Speckled trout, flounder and red drum are filling the creeks at Wrightsville Beach as the fall migration of baitfish toward the ocean continues unabated.
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George Beckwith is one of the top red drum anglers in eastern N.C. Cooler temps expected to fire up speckled trout
With the cold front and rain that moved west to east across North Carolina October 14, spotted seatrout fishing soon should fire off in a spectacular way at the lower Neuse River, said one veteran mid-coast saltwater expert.
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The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has raised the minimum size limit on speckled trout from 12 to 14 inches. NCDMF changes speckled trout regs; NOAA closes black sea bass fishery
Fishermen heading to the coast this month will find regulations on two of their favorite fish much different. As of Oct. 5, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries raised the minimum size for speckled trout caught in state waters from 12 to 14 inches. Meanwhile, federal fisheries managers closed the black sea bass fishery in federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore) from Cape Hatteras north.
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Young anglers enjoyed their first day of crappie fishing at Falls Lake during a Piedmont Pan Fishers-sponsored Youth Day.

Piedmont Pan Fishers Youth Day at Falls of Neuse is big success
The Piedmont Pan Fishers held their second Kids Fishing Day September 19 at Falls Lake to expose youths to the outdoors and fishing.
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Recreational fisheries groups oppose striped bass proposal
The Coastal Fisheries Reform Group and Striped Bass Forever have sent letters to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission that criticize a proposed regulation change that would allow commercial fishermen to catch more striped bass.
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Options for snapper/grouper closures being discussed
At its September meeting in Charleston, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council announced that it is considering several options to end overfishing for 10 species in the snapper/grouper fishery.
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Falls Lake offers the best chance for anglers to catch bass in early October. Falls is hottest Triangle lake
For several reasons, Triangle-area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) bass anglers are having their best luck at Falls of the Neuse Lake now instead of Jordan and Harris lakes. Normally the three lakes consistently produce outstanding largemouth results, but fall changes each of the impoundments.
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Red drum are in the shallows at the lower end of the Neuse River and anglers are landing slot and upper-slot fish. Reds, flounder are loose at the Neuse
The first “mullet blow” of the fall has baitfish moving along the Neuse River shorelines, said Oriental's Gary Dubiel (Spec Fever Guide Service, 252-249-1520).
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