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Red drum are hitting soft-plastic lures on small jigheads at the bays and creeks near Southport during sunny days with light wind. Inshore reds, stripers active in Cape Fear
Southeastern N.C. is one of few areas where saltwater inshore fish remain active during winter, especially in the Cape Fear River near Wilmington to the Southport area.
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The author admires a really nice largemouth bass taken from Lake Wylie on a January trip. Warm-water discharges make fish more active than they are under normal winter conditions. Wylie Wonderland
Tarheel State fishermen have a big choice during the winter: stay home and watch television and see guys catch fish from the phosphate pits of Florida or go fishing.
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Sylva's Heather Broom spent the past two years fishing the Women's Bassmaster Tour, but will have to look elsewhere for tournament success after BASS canceled the circuit. Women's Bassmaster Tournament eliminated
The Women's Bassmaster Tour was eliminated Monday (Jan. 4)by BASS, which said the circuit just never gained traction.
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Green sea turtles often are caught by gill nets in N.C. coastal waters. Turtle lawsuit to remove gill nets still on track
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of Topsail Island expected to file a lawsuit sometime during January aimed at removing gill nets from North Carolina coastal waters.
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Popular streamers such as the Mickey Finn (above left) and Muddler Minnow account for a lot of winter trout, especially in high-water conditions. Streamers: best choice on full streams
Heavy rainfall kept rivers and creeks full this summer and fall, and it appears the trend is continuing into the winter. Good for the fish, bad for the fishers.
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Speckled trout are among the most-popular of all inshore saltwater fish in North Carolina waters. Say ĎHIí
While it bustles along pretty well from about Easter to Thanksgiving, Harkers Island is a very slow-paced place during the winter ó and thatís not a bad thing. About the only people around are the locals and a few hardy fishermen who know the speckled trout season doesnít end with the first time the water freezes in the dogís bowl. For those folks willing to wear snuggies, a heavy coat and gloves, there are trout to be caught all winter.
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Chris Brown and David Wright, both of Lexington, won the Oct. 24 Barry Lee Moseley Benefit Bass Tournament on High Rock Lake. Long earns Classic berth
Brent Long of Cornelius placed fourth with 28 pounds and won $2,500 at the Oct. 28-30 BASS Federation Nation Championship at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Tavaras, Fla.
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Anglers are catching Atlantic Ocean striped bass in the surf and offshore from Kitty Hawk to Corolla and farther north to Virginia. Ocean striped bass bite heats up at northern coast
Unusually cold December weather has fired up the Atlantic Ocean striped bass bite along North Carolinaís northern coastline.
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Adding a Power-Pole, some new electronics, an Anchor Pin and a hydraulic jack-plate have upgraded the authorís boat enough that he isnít drooling at the thought of buying a new one. Can't buy new? You can update old
Canít buy new? You can update At the risk of sounding like a naysayer or doomsday prophet, I think itís safe to say there are many of us who would like to replace the boat we have but donít see it as something that is going to happen in the near future.
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Catch a few mild winter days, and a big bass could be waiting for your jig to swim past. Start the year off with a January bass
Are you the kind of angler who wants to catch the first bass of the year? Or at least be the first to catch one among your buddies.
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Cape Fear red drum chase away the winter blues.
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Capt. Tommy Rickman gingerly handles a nice redfish caught in the Cape Fear area on a trip last January. Winter action can be surprisingly good. Bang the Drum Slowly
The Cape Fear area of North Carolina is far enough north that it has all the seasons, but for the most part, winters are mild. Not that it doesnít occasionally get really cold, and there might be snow or ice storms every few years, but the winters are typically mild enough to allow fishing.
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