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Mate Russell Long is holding the striper and angler Keith Angel is in brown behind him Pending state-record striper caught two days after 63-pounder
Just two days after a potential state record 63-pound striper was landed in Oregon Inlet, a 64-pound striper came across the transom yesterday (Jan. 7) for Poacher Sportfishing Charters, giving angler Keith Angel the pending state-record striper.
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Roper youth catches potential state-record striper
Stephen Furlough of Roper and 12-year-old son Case are regular customers of Rigged Up Charters on the Outer Banks. Fishing by the first sea buoy right outside of Oregon Inlet yesterday (Jan. 5), the third fish in the boat was a whopper 63-pound striper that Case reeled in, putting the youngster in position to overtake the current 62-pound record striper if his catch is certified.
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Fishing deep with Carolina rigs and shaky head worms is producing good results at Belews Lake. Belews Lake good spot for hot water, deep bass
With water temperatures low because of cold weather across most of the state, freshwater anglers are having a tough time finding active bites — except at hot-hole lakes.
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Crappie are taking minnow-tipped jigs in 18 to 20 feet of water at Person County’s Lake Mayo. Try Hyco, Mayo for winter bass, crappie
Besting the weather right now is a fishing key with most of North Carolina recovering from a blanket of Christmas Day snow. But for anglers who don't mind cold-weather action, no better places exist than Mayo and Hyco lakes in Person County. Crappie fishing is excellent at Mayo while Hyco, a Progress Energy steam plant lake with a hot-water discharge, is smoking for largemouth bass.
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Don't put your rods away for the winter. There's great redfish action waiting along the coast.
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The cold weather has given most fish lockjaw, but the stripers are still hungry in the Trent and Neuse rivers. Cold water ignites sizzling striper bite in Trent, Neuse rivers
With water temperatures dropping this month (along with ice and snow) across most of North Carolina, fishing success usually falls as well — except in one place. “We are catching lots of stripers, some speckled trout and some nice puppy drum in the Trent and Neuse rivers near New Bern,” Oriental guide Gary Dubiel said.
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Big, doormat flounder are a favorite among fishermen who call the Harkers Island area home. Saltwater Series: Harkers Island
EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next year, North Carolina Sportsman’s Saltwater Series will give readers GPS coordinates to hotspots along the coast.
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An blue marlin at close quarters during the 2010 Sportsman Adventure Join Sportsman for billfishing frenzy
A group of Sportsman anglers and their friends will be flying to Costa Rica on April 3 for three days of offshore fishing – and there are still a few spots left on this trip of a lifetime.
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The backs of creeks that aren’t completely drained during low-tide cycles will often hold warmer water in the winter, and that will attract redfish. Red Means Warm!
Late last January, the North Carolina coast was in the throes of the coldest winter of the decade. Quick temperature drops had already triggered trout kills, and the water temperature in the Cape Fear River had plunged into the high 30s.
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Big spotted bass are a common catch on Lake Norman during the winter. Spots appear to handle the colder winter water better than largemouths. Warm Up Norman’s Bass
It was the middle of January, and most anglers had put away their fishing gear and were stuck watching outdoor shows on TV, tinkering in the basement or going shopping with the wife.
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The NCDMF has tagged more than 14,000 stripers in the Cape Fear River since 1980 to obtain needed information about the fishery. Winter Wonders
Throughout the chilly winter months, downtown Wilmington along the Cape Fear River harbors more than just a retired battleship and a dozen 1,000-foot container ships.
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MFC hatches dubious plot to rebuild specks
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission made another astoundingly bad decision Nov. 22, ignoring state law in favor of the wants of a handful of strike netters who target speckled trout.
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