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Spotted sea trout may have a chance to grow to good sizes if the North Carolina legislature’s saltwater study committee passes a measure to protect these fish from commercial exploitation.
Saltwater committee to list dates for public hearings in November
North Carolina saltwater anglers soon will get to speak their minds about the future of saltwater resources management during the first of four public hearings. “The (Legislative Research Commission’s) committee (on saltwater issues) will meet Nov. 1 in Raleigh and decide by Nov. 4 when, where and what time these meetings will be held,” said Ann Murtha, legislative aide to Rep. Darrell G. McCormick (R-Winston-Salem).
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Jeff Thomas displays a healthy Jordan Lake bass as the fall migration of shad begins. Late October on cusp of great fall fishing
If Jordan Lake is any indication, piedmont North Carolina bass anglers are in store for some great fishing during the next two to three weeks.
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Buzzbaits are very productive baits for Cape Fear River spotted bass in the fall. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits are tops for spots
Although many baits that imitate baitfish are productive, the favorites of most Cape Fear River fishermen are the spinnerbait and buzzbait. Both allow anglers to cover a lot of water while also avoiding snags.
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False albacore are exploding off the Crystal Coast towns and up and down the N.C. coast as Lee Parsons (right) shows.
Fall fishing blows up at Crystal Coast
Perhaps because of the recent drop in temperatures, the N.C. coast is experiencing an early start of fabulous fall fishing.
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Man-made canals lined with homes and boat docks connect with the ICW, and in the fall, the load up with flounder, sea trout and redfish like this one caught by Chris Critz. Canals at Holden, Ocean Isle and Sunset beaches are fall hotspots
How would you like to step into your backyard and catch a 30-inch redfish?
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NOAA officials are closing the black sea bass recreational fishery south of Cape Hatteras on Oct. 17. Black sea bass recreational fishing closes south of Hatteras Oct. 17
Angerls in North Carolina south of Cape Hatteras and in all of South Carolina will not be able to keep black sea bass beginning Oct. 17, federal officials announced Friday (Oct.7). NOAA Fisheries announced that the 2011-12 recreational catch limit has been reached, and the fishery would close 10 days later and remain closed until June 1, 2012.
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Portsmouth Island will likely be closed well into next spring because of damage caused by Hurricane Irene. The upper image shows the beach before the storm, while the lower photo was taken after the hurricane. Portsmouth Island remains off-limits for surf fishermen
Besides ringing up a $10 billion price tag for cleanups from North Carolina to New York, Hurricane Irene has become the gift that keeps on giving. One of North Carolina anglers’ favorite fall surf-fishing destinations — Portsmouth Island, aka North Core Banks — has been rendered off-limits, probably until 2012, by the storm’s effects.
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There are plenty of great inshore fishing locations along the Outer Banks out of Hatteras. Saltwater Series: Hatteras
Hatteras is one of those places you have to be headed for to get to. You can’t somehow wind up there by accident — at least not by wheeled vehicle. It might be possible to somehow arrive in Hatteras without planning by boat, but you would have to come by the ocean. Few people would be lucky enough to cross the Pamlico Sound successfully by accident. Many fishermen have enough difficulty doing it with the latest in marine electronics.
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A new pier will make it easier for those in wheelchairs and children to fish Lake Lindley. Lake Lindley gets new universally accessible fishing pier
A new fishing pier on Lake Lindley’s Country Park now provides greater fishing access to the six-acre lake in Greensboro, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said. The pier, which incorporates low handrail sections to make it easier for children and anglers in wheelchairs to cast lines, is the result of a partnership between the NWRC and the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.
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A young angler displays a big pompano he caught at Bogue Inlet Pier. Spots, pompano, blues, pups hit at Bogue Pier
The first scattered fall spot runs have begun at Bogue Inlet Pier.
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The lower section of Jacob Fork is wide open for fly fishing. A ‘fork in the road’? South Mountains’ Jacob Fork is a jewel
Jacob Fork is somewhat of an anomaly. It is a foothills stream with the characteristics of a high-mountain trout stream. It rises in southern Burke County and flows northeast into Catawba County where it joins Henry Fork to form the South Fork of the Catawba River.
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Topwater baits are particularly effective in the fall, when bass are really keyed in on shad movememts. Follow the shad, but try not to follow the herd
A few Octobers back, I discovered a magic cove on Falls Lake. There were so many bass in there that you could simply cast a big Zara Spook down the middle, over 20 feet of water and catch one nearly every cast. It was so much fun, I went almost every day until the water was in the low 40s in December. I could still catch some on top when it was 48 degrees, which is rare. As it dipped lower, though, I had to really slow-crank a Shad Rap to catch them. Then one day near Christmas they were all gone — it was not a Merry Christmas. I never relocated that school again.
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