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Redfish are still schooled up and beginning to bite better in the marshes of lower Brunswick County, hitting mud minnows on light jigheads and soft-plastic shrimp. Redfish action warming up in lower Brunswick County marshes

Capt. Mark Stacy of Ocean Isle Fishing Charters in Ocean Isle said redfish in his area have been biting pretty regularly and trout fishing is beginning to improve as the weather begins to moderate.


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Crappie are being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water in Hyco Lake by fishermen tightlining live minnows. Hyco fishing is behind schedule, but crappie are starting to break out

It’s been a long winter and cold spring, putting fishing behind on most Piedmont lakes, but at Hyco Lake, crappie fishing is finally catching up.


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Passage through the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet has been closed by the U.S. Coast Guard because of shoaling. U.S. Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet passage because of shoaling

Oregon Inlet, North Carolina’s northernmost inlet and an important route to the ocean for commercial and recreational fishing boats, was closed to most boat traffic on March 28 due to excessive shoaling in the channel under and seaward of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.


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Bass fishing in April might take you to the Albemarle Sound, the Dan River or any reservoir across North Carolina that has boat docks. Read this issue and you'll be ready for anything you face.


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Even when itís perfectly stuck in the corner of a fishís mouth, a circle hook can be tough to dislodge without injuring the fish. An unbroken circle?

I’m not a big fan of circle hooks. There, I said it, and those who believe circle hooks are the do-all, end-all for fishing can begin throwing stones. Still, I’ll stand by my statement. I believe in conservation and protecting our fishing resources, but I just don’t see using circle hooks in every situation as the absolute best way to do it.


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April opens Spanish mackerel season along the southeastern North Carolina coast, an event thatís not to be missed. The Spanish Armada - North Carolinaís Spanish (mackerel) armada will show up off the beaches of Brunswick County this month

Spring saltwater fishing along North Carolina’s southeastern coast begins in April when the water temperature warms enough to draw Spanish mackerel up from Florida where they spend the winter. It also helps that the baitfish that headline their menu also return.


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April is a breakout month for speckled trout in the Neuse River and its tributaries around New Bern. The Neuse River around New Bern is trout central as spring arrives along North Carolinaís coast

Capt. Joe Ward of Pollocksville has a special relationship with the Neuse River and the creeks that flow into it. He has been fishing the area since childhood, and during a long career in civil service at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, he often towed his boat to work to get in a few hours of fishing in the afternoon. He knows most of the holes and flats in the creeks around Cherry Point and has a good understanding of when fish should be in what areas.


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Guide and bass pro Andy Montgomery relies on boat docks for a lot of his spring bass. Be a dock doctor - Find the right boat docks this month and youíll find some great bass underneath

When pro bass fisherman Andy Montgomery approaches a boat dock with a fishing rod in hand, he’s like a painter looking at a brand-new canvas or a sculptor looking at a big hunk of clay.


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With striped bass gone upstream on their spawning run, largemouth bass take center stage in April on the Albemarle Sound. Sound decisions - With stripers gone, largemouth bass are the No. 1 target on the Albemarle Sound in April

The Albemarle Sound is one of the two largest estuaries in the North Carolina and is home to a world-renowned population of striped bass, which receive most of the attention given to the sound’s fishery.


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When water temperatures reach moderate during April, smallmouth bass action will crank up on the Dan River. Donít diss the Dan

Mention the Dan River, and most residents of North Carolina immediately think of Duke Energy’s coal-ash spill near Eden in February 2014. That accidental discharge into the river made and continues to make headlines, and because of the dangerous elements and compounds that wound up in the Dan, many people believe the entire river is contaminated.


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BB Kicker BB Kicker

Big Bite Baits is introducing the BB Kicker to its successful lineup of swimbaits. The BB Kicker’s high action paddle tail has a lifelike appearance and a kicking swimming action even at the slowest of retrieve speeds. The body of the bait also has a back and forth swimming motion creating a realistic swimming action. The BB Kicker can be fished rigged on an open hook, or weedless jig head, belly weighted swimbait hook, or Texas rigged just to name a few.†


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AQUA LIFE Aerators AQUA LIFE Aerators

Instead of dumping those unused pogies, minnows or shrimp, why not bring them home and transform your cooler into a 5-star bait resort by plugging in the Frabill Aqua Life Single or Dual Output 110V Aerator. Engineered with corrosion resistant components so it can excel in both fresh and saltwater applications, the dual pumps aerate up to 50 gallons in one or two separate containers. The Aqua Life Dual Output 110V Aerator includes 30 inches of flexible air hose, two anti siphon valves and a 6 foot power cord.†


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