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Steve Dyer of Mt. Pleasant won the big-fish award with this 6.31-pound bass and teamed with Rob Sledzewski of Lincolnton to win the Jan. 9 Southern Championship Fishing Winter Trail event. Badin tournament date is switched
The Southern Championship Fishing Trail’s Yadkin Spring Series opener at Badin Lake has been switched to March 13 to March 14 to avoid conflicting with the March 13 Jim Ledbetter Memorial Cancer Benefit Tournament at Lake Norman.
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This Garmin unit shows you which lane you need to be in to make upcoming turns, and shows your GPS-measured speed next to the current posted speed limit. Automotive GPS units have leapt miles forward
Have you ever missed a turn, decided to go around the block and found yourself in a part of town you didn’t know existed? Try that with a boat behind you, and everyone in the vehicle may find out how good you are at backing a trailer long distances.
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As hints of spring fill the air, crappie take center stage in the Tarheel State.
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Between 4,000 and 5,000 fishermen from around the country gathered Wednesday to call for congressional action to reform how marine fisheries are managed. Fishermen rally to net support in Washington
Many fishing industry spokesmen and more than 20 political leaders who support the fishing industry are calling the “United We Fish” rally that was held near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday (Feb. 24), accomplished exactly what it was intended to do – draw attention to problems with the current course of marine fisheries management.
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During a recent good-weather day, guide Jeff Wolfe landed several redfish at the bays and creeks near Southport. Good weather key to red-fishing success
With frigid weather continuing to hold a vice-like grip on most of North Carolina, fishing success has come at a premium and then only sporadically.
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Groups demand immediate marine fisheries management changes
Six groups representing recreational anglers have joined to call on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Jane Lubchenco to change how the nation’s marine fisheries are managed, going so far as to lay out a framework to do so.
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Brian Newberger caught this Cape Fear blue catfish on a live eel — a favorite bait of fishermen who patrol the river for catfish. Catting Around the River
Apparent at a glance was the fact that few fishermen had taken off work at the last-minute notice of a fair-weather forecast. There were just two vehicles towing boat trailers parked at the Wilmington’s Dram Tree Park ramp. A classic 16-foot tri-hull had been launched and was in the water with its outboard warming up. The angler aboard was busy stowing gear for a fishing trip.
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Draconian restrictions have become the norm in federal fisheries management because of rigid mandates set forth in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, but a move is afoot to change that law. Washington rally highlights need to change federal fisheries management law
WASHINGTON – A rally on the steps of the Capitol today (Feb. 24) is calling attention to the need for changes in the current fisheries management law, which fishermen say is killing jobs and eroding fishing communities.
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Guide Maynard Edwards said that either Badin or Tuckertown can produce impressive stringers of crappie during March, even with the spawn still weeks away. Slabs on Stage
Crappie fishermen look to the time each spring when the dogwoods bloom as prime time to put spawning slabs in the cooler — and somewhere down the line, into the frying pan.
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Blackfin tuna have been regular visitors to the bluewater off the North Carolina coast, but only in recent years, as numbers of yellowfin tuna have plummeted, have they become a primary target of fishermen trolling offshore. Southport’s Spring Slam
If the howl of the clicker on a large Penn International reel doesn’t jack your adrenaline, accelerate your heart rate and cause the little hairs on the back of your neck to stand up, this story probably isn’t for you.
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Depending on weather and water conditions, Rodger Taylor will either drift or anchor up when he’s fishing for blue catfish on Mountain Island Lake. He said anchoring up and fan-casting baits is the best way to tangle with a really big fish. Mountain Island Blues
Mountain Island Lake is nestled between Lake Norman to the north and Lake Wylie to the south on the Catawba River system.
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Best bets for shallow-water winter bass are from 7 to 9 a.m. Bass usually move into deeper water by mid-morning. Steam Machine
From mid-February through mid-March, bass fishing often grinds almost to a halt in North Carolina because of cold weather.
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