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Lure designer Patrick Sebile caught this nice flounder in a coastal creek near Swansboro last week on a Sebile Stick Shad Soft. Swansboro flounder are April surprise for lure designer Sebile
Fishermen are finding many places along North Carolina’s coast that spring is coming a little later than usual. After a cold, wet winter, water temperatures haven’t risen to normal levels, and fish seem to be a stage or two behind where they’d normally be found. But every once in a while, you get a good surprise.
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Guide Heath Rayfield of Buchanan Shoals Sportsman's Preserve south of Wadesboro said catfish like this 45-pound blue are not uncommon on the Pee Dee River. Pee Dee River catfish are latest example of great cast-and-blast action
Until last Thursday, when I heard the phrase “cast-and-blast”, I thought about a morning turkey hunt along the Roanoke River and an afternoon fishing trip on the river for striped bass.
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Striped bass are fired up in an attempt to spawn at the upper reaches of Lake Norman. Stripers fired up at Lake Norman
Striped bass only spawn successfully in a few river systems in North Carolina. But landlocked fish that live in a few of the state’s large river-fed impoundments also try to reproduce each spring.
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The state record for white crappie fell for the second time in less than a month on April 6, when Nashville angler Ray Patterson landed this slab. Another Nashville angler reels in white crappie state record from Tar River Reservoir
For the second time in less than month, a Nashville angler has reeled a state-record white crappie from the Tar River Reservoir.
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Striped bass fishing is about to hit full stride at the Roanoke River. Peak striped bass run to hit Roanoke soon
Striped bass fishing for the spring spawning run is about one week from the start of its peak in the Roanoke River near Weldon.
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Taylor Ryan of Southport, with a healthy overslot redfish.  With the regulations of the Red Drum Fishery Management Plan, the numbers of North Carolina redfish continue to slowly grow. North Carolina commercial redfish closed temporary
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries officials closed the commercial red drum fishery effective yesterday, but the April 12 proclamation by DMF Director Louis Daniel was not an end to all commercial fishing for red drum. Instead, it was but merely an early closing of the first segment of the two-part state commercial redfish season.
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Rod King has good success fishing for Falls Lake crappie during the spawn, which is nearing its end. Falls Lake crappie are shallow-minded
Falls of the Neuse Lake crappie are the shallowest now they’ll be all year as the spring spawn winds down.
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Mountain trout anglers will enjoy April 3's opening day of the season at streams in 25 western N.C. counties. Trout season opens April 3
Ken Dielke watched his spinning rod bend and jump as he battled a 14-inch-long brook trout at an Ashe County stream last April.
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New gill-net regulations go into effect May 15 to minimize the danger to sea turtles. Marine Fisheries backpedals from earlier gill-net decision, puts in place new restrictions
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission has taken a giant step back from an earlier decision in favor of gill-net commercial fishermen. At its meeting in late March, commissioners proposed new measures that would seem to be aimed at answering a suit filed over gill nets and sea turtles.
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Small automatic chargers like this Deltran Battery Tender can keep almost any sized starting battery ready to go, and pulse chargers like this one from PulseTech can prevent plate sulfation and condition your deep cycle or starting batteries while they keep them hot. Is your inattention killing your battery?
My truck pulls a travel trailer or a boat much of the year, but there are weeks when it just sits in the garage. Thinking it had been two weeks or so since I’d driven it, I figured I’d give it some exercise while running a few errands.
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Bright-colored baits are a plus in the spring, when you’re trying to make bass bite out of anger as much as out of hunger. April bass: you can ‘bank’ on them
Because I love to catch bass in deep water, away from the bank, April is a tough month for me. It’s simple: almost all the fish will be shallow this month, no matter where you fish in North Carolina. And a lot of them will be spawning, which makes it even tougher on me.
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Scott Hamrick (pictured) and Roger Hoover shared $2,000 for winning won the Norman Winter Team Bass Trail Championship. Warriors on Water back for 4th year
In 2005, three Desert Storm veterans, Hal Abshire, Bob Cunningham, and Greg Lahr, thought of a way of honoring military personnel who had served their country.
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