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Hunter Davis has an awfully big seat on his dad's boat, Grady Bunch, after it landed a 785-pound bluefin tuna on Jan. 1. The crew followed up that catch with a 767-pound bluefin the next day. Back-to-back bluefin add up to more than 1,500 pounds for Fuquay-Varina captain

The crew of the Grady Bunch, fishing the first two days of 2015 just outside Beaufort Inlet, may not have landed a state-record bluefin tuna, but the three men and a boy almost certainly accomplished a feat no other North Carolina saltwater crew has duplicated, two bluefin tuna that combined to weigh more than 1,500 pounds.


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Gracen Melhorn, 8, from Cramerton, caught this 60-pound, 9-ounce blue catfish on New Year's Day. He and his father were fishing South Carolina's Lake Wateree. Cramerton youngster decks huge blue catfish on New Year's Day trip

An “horrible day of fishing” is how Dieter Melhorn of Cramerton described a New Year’s Day catfishing trip to South Carolina’s Lake Wateree. During the outing, he and his 8-year-old son, Gracen, only got six bites. Fortunately for the Gracen Melhorn, one of those bites was from a blue catfish that tipped the scales at 60 pounds, 9 ounces.


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Fishing and boating shows will often have the latest line of vessels, whether kayaks or center-consoles. Time to be a show-off

The Christmas holidays signal an unofficial end of the fall saltwater fishing season. Sure, there will be some days when stripers, speckled trout and red drum bite pretty well, but the number of folks enjoying the fishing will have dropped like the overnight temperatures. For those thinking of heading out, stripers seem to like the nastiest weather they can find, while specks and pups like days with sunshine and warming temperatures, and the second day is usually better than the first, and the third better than the second and so on.


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Hit the water this month for great bass fishing on Lake Hyco and schooling redfish action near Sneads Ferry.


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Hit the water this month for great bass fishing on Lake Hyco and schooling redfish action near Sneads Ferry.


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Bassmaster Elite Series pro and reigning Bassmaster Classic champ Randy Howell canít wait to put the Kut Tail Worm to the test this year. The 7ĺ-inch Kut Tail Worm

Alabama pro bass angler Randy Howell got what he wanted and more in 2014.


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In part because of the variety of opportunities is provides anglers and its overall qualities, the Nantahala River is considered one of the nationís top trout streams. Winter trout? No delays here!

The Nantahala River in North Carolina’s southwestern corner has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding trout fishing †having been listed among the country’s top 100 trout streams by Trout Unlimited.


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Barry Joyce seines Hyco Lake for plenty  of quality largemouth bass, taking advantage of the lakeís warm-water discharge and its population of tilapia. Cool runnings - North Carolinaís out-of-the-way Hyco Lake is a winter paradise, thanks to hot water

Among outdoors and non-outdoors people, bass anglers are considered, well, a little off kilter.


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Thereís no time better than January to run  into nice black sea bass relatively close to the beaches of Brunswick County. Bust Brunswick bass - Cool weather makes for great action on black sea bass off Brunswick Countyís beaches

When the temperature plummets and the tourists head back inland for a long, cold winter, fish are still around to be caught in the waters off Brunswick County. It may take braving some chilly mornings or late afternoons, but the south-facing beaches are perfectly situated for sneaking out on a nice day to catch black sea bass. †


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Catching multiple reds without moving your boat is common during the winter, as redfish tend to school in larger groups for protection, comfort and availability of food. School days! Huge gangs of red drum make for some great winter action in the Sneads Ferry area

“The tide is pretty low, and we may bump the bottom getting across this bar and into this creek, but it will only be a tap or two,” Allen Jernigan said as he left the channel of the New River and headed into a small creek. “Even if I have to get out and wade us across it, this is a place I planned on fishing today. I was in here a few days ago and it was loaded with drum. Let’s hope they haven’t been harassed and moved.”


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The LiveTarget Yearling BaitBall series delivers some of the most life-like lure patterns ever created using the intricate LiveTarget design elements for baitfish anatomy and color patterns. The Yearling BaitBall series has been created around eleven distinct lure tools for technique specific applications. Each model is designed around color patterns to match varied water color conditions, and the tiny baitfish that are so hard to mimic with traditional lures.


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Bass pro Dave Wolak limits his winter bass-fishing lures to a handful of baits that have special powers over cold, deep largemouths. Dave Wolak's five favorite winter bass baits

Many bass fishermen lead double lives, torn between their bass boats and tree stands. But as the door slams shut on deer season, the choice for cold-water bass fishing becomes clear. According to bass pro Dave Wolak of Wake Forest, the key to success is locating deeper fish and using just a handful of lures.


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