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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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Suit filed to force state to end gill net fishing
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center filed a lawsuit in federal court today to force the state of North Carolina to stop authorizing gill net fishing in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
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Stocks of “ocean” striped bass and those in the Albemarle Sound area are considered to be in good shape, but fisheries have been closed in the Cape Fear area. 2010 Saltwater Forecast
Although fisheries biologists reported that four saltwater fisheries improved their status in 2009, the overview for 2010 — particularly for popular species that anglers pursue — isn’t that bright.
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Shaw Grigsby didn't get the bank he would have liked, and that cost him a lot of fish in the 2010 Bassmaster Classic. Bassmaster Classic in their words
Many said the 2010 Bassmaster Classic would be extremely difficult because of cold, muddy water in Lay Lake but Kevin VanDam made it seem easy. However, many other anglers fought through the conditions to catch fish. Here is they had to say about the tournament:
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Kevin VanDam won his third Bassmaster Classic today with 46 pounds, 6 ounces. Van Dam wins Bassmasters Classic
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- If there was any doubt that Kevin VanDam is the hottest bass fisherman around, it evaporated on Sunday when he won his third Bassmasters Classic.
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Jeff Kriet leads the Bassmaster Classic going into the final day, but Kevin VanDam is right on his heels. Kriet leads Van Dam by two ounces in Bassmaster Classic
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Oklahomas Jeff Kriet bought the biggest limit on Saturday's second day of competition in the Bassmasters Classic on Alabama's Lay Lake, and it earned him a 2-ounce lead entering Sunday's final round.
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Kevin VanDam was all smiles after landing 19 1/2 pounds of bass during the first day of the Bassmaster Classic. That set the pace, and the two-time champion feels there are more bass to catch in his area. Bassmaster Classic lead goes to VanDam
Despite more than a week of icy conditions, Kevin VanDam was able to unlock Lay Lake's bass fishery to put 19 1/2 pounds on the scales to take the first-day lead of the 2010 Bassmaster Classic.
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Lone N.C. entry well back in Bassmasters Classic
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Only one fisherman from North Carolina is competing in the Bassmasters Classic this week on Alabama’s Lay Lake, and unless he makes a big rally today, he won’t be competing for long.
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