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Top 4 tips to catch more flounder

Take a horse-carriage tour through Wilmington and youíll learn that no Civil War battles took place in the city; the battle for this town happened on the ocean. For Capt. Dennis Barbour of Island Tackle & Hardware, the war is still there, but instead of North vs. South, itís man vs. flounder.†

Barbour has a few tips that can help anglers land more flounder in these waters, which are littered with civil war wrecks, the remnants of mostly Yankee ships that sunk while blockading or bombarding Fort Fisher. These remnants are what the flounder come for, and itís what keeps Barbour and other anglers coming back too. A few tips from Barbour can help other anglers land their share of these flatfish.

October 15 at 8:09 am

Summer scouting equals fall fish

Dylan Fulk said that bass fisherman can get a head start on great fall fishing during the summer.†

October 15 at 7:00 am

Wilmingtonís rivers

Four rivers are fishable around Wilmington, with the Cape Fear being the primary artery for travel and fishing activity. It begins where the Haw and Deep rivers merge below Jordan Lake near Moncure. The Cape Fear is also dammed near Riegelwood, Elizabethtown and Tar Heel, with locks at each to allow navigation.†

October 15 at 7:00 am

Working the tide

Bass pro Mike Lanier of Winnabow emphasizes that the rivers around Wilmington are tidal, and that understanding this is key for fishing success.†

October 15 at 7:00 am

Know what you can catch and keep

License requirements change at the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, which carries US 17 Business/US 76/US 421 across the river in WIlmington. All waters upriver are classified as Inland Waters, and a freshwater fishing license is required. Blanket licenses that guides use to cover their parties are not valid in inland waters.

October 15 at 7:00 am

Loop knot creates more action

Many anglers have been fishing with someone, casting identical lures, with one angler catching fish and the other catching nothing.

October 15 at 7:00 am

Lures often outfish live bait during fall

Although a live shrimp under a popping cork is probably the best bait for speckled trout from May through September, most shrimp leave North Carolina’s inland waters after the first big fall cold fronts.

October 15 at 7:00 am

Fall kings make U.S. Open wide open

North Carolina has two migratory groups of king mackerel, scomberomorus cavalla, one considered an offshore group that moves to the warm waters near the beach in spring, summer and fall and then retreats to warmer offshore waters near the Gulf Stream during the winter, and the coastal migrators that migrate up an down the coast, from Florida to Virginia related to water temperature and abundance and absence of forage fish for food.

October 15 at 7:00 am

Catch kings from the piers, too

Fishermen try their luck for king mackerel from almost every pier along the North Carolina coast. On Oak Island, the meat of the pier king season runs from roughly the first of May to the end of October.

October 15 at 7:00 am

Went on a fishing trip and a deer hunt broke out

 Video Included

While venturing to one of the nearshore wrecks to do a little fishing this morning, Capt. Dennis Barbour of Island Tackle & Hardware thought the day was starting out in pretty normal fashion. He spotted some porpoises jumping, lots of seagulls diving, dozens of pelicans resting on the water's surface, and an 8-point buck, swimming more than 1/2-mile offshore, and heading to the Gulf Stream.

Barbour and his fishing partners were a little stunned once it registered in their brains that this mass of antlers atop the water wasn't a pelican, so they circled back around for a second look.

October 14 at 4:24 pm

5 tips for crankbait fishing

Crankbaits are great baits for largemouth bass, and the fall is a great time to use them. These lures don’t require any special techniques when reeling them in, they cover lots of water quickly, and crankbaits are available to cover any water depths. Sill, many anglers can help their chances with these lures by using a handful of tips.†

Tip number 1: Use fluorocarbon line. Unlike braided line or monofilament, fluorocarbon line sinks, which helps in many ways with crankbaits. It may not seem like it can make much difference, but especially when using deep-diving crankbaits, it can help get the lure down more quickly, and can help keep it down. It also helps keep the line from tangling on the lure like braids and mono can when pausing during the retrieve.

October 13 at 6:45 am

If itís brown, itís down

In early October, fall arrives in the mountains with the first dull-red coloring of sourwood, dogwood, and sumac leaves. By the middle of the month, the mountains are ablaze with color, and according to forecasts, this fall promises to be a spectacular color season.†

October 12 at 9:00 am

Rainbow trout being stocked in Hanging Rock State Park

Hanging Rock State Park is getting a boost to its lake on Oct 12. The NCWRC and the NC State Parks Commission is stocking 1200 catchable-size rainbow trout. This is the second stocking of rainbow trout in the lake, and it offers anglers the unique opportunity of catching trout in an area other than traditional trout waters.†

The earlier rainbow trout stocking took place in April, and the NCWRC reported it as an instant highlight for anglers, said NCWRC Fisheries Biologist Kin Hodges.

October 12 at 6:38 am

Bryson City hosing Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival Oct 10

The Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival will take place this Saturday, Oct 10 in Bryson City on the Tuckaseegee River. This is the first such festival in what is planned to be a yearly event. From 9 AM to 5 PM, vendors will line up on Frye Street right at the train depot.

It’s a great time of year for the festival, as fall colors will paint the scenery of the mountainous terrain along the Tuckaseegee’s new 2.2-mile stretch of Delayed Harvest waters, and with this section having been stocked on Oct 7, anglers can demo rods in a real-world situation rather than in the parking lot of a tackle store.

October 09 at 10:45 am

New public fishing area opened in South Fork New River

North Carolina anglers have a new place to wet a line thanks to the opening of a new public access area in Watauga County on the South Fork New River. The area, dubbed Pine Run Public Fishing Area, came about through an effort between the NCWRC and High Country Pathways, a non-profit group that finds ways to make these type of properties a reality.

The fishing locale is about 5 miles east of Boone, and its location makes it ideal for bank fishing or as a launch or takeout point for small boat anglers. With other access points nearby, it can help anglers make short floats or long floats possible.

October 08 at 11:45 am

Neuse River bass hitting topwater flies

Fall weather is invading the Raleigh area, but it hasn’t pushed anglers like EJ Stern completely out of the area’s rivers. Stern, of Raleigh Flyfishing Guide service, said it won’t last much longer, but that right now, wet-wading is the way to go, especially in the Neuse River.

Stern has been catching a variety of species, with largemouth bass and bream making up the bulk of his catches. While the recent rains will impact the fishing on the Neuse for several days, the water levels have been low, so this shouldn’t hurt the fishing.†

October 06 at 6:45 am

Hello there, old chum

As we become more competitive, anglers tend to leave no stone unturned in their quest to catch the most and the largest fish. This isn’t just for tournament fishing, but there are times well-known fishing spots are crowded, and you’re seeking an edge to lure fish to your baits rather than others. Fishermen readily buy the latest and greatest lures, lines, rigs and baits, but sometimes, the trick is drawing the fish in to notice your bait or lure.

October 05 at 9:00 am

Spot On! Catch spotted bass in Cape Fear River with these tips

The Cape Fear is one of the longest and most diverse rivers in North Carolina. Beginning at the tailrace below B. Everett Jordan Dam, it flows 202 miles before reaching the ocean near the town of Southport.

Along its rout, it has been known as a great fishery for catfish, striped bass and redfish. More recently, it’s become known for another species — the spotted bass.

Most anglers associate the term spotted bass with other regions — and they aren’t wrong. The Alabama spotted bass is prevalent across the south; however, it is that fish’s cousin, the “northern spotted bass,” that has taken hold in the Cape Fear. Also known as the Kentucky spotted bass or simply a “spot” Micropterus punctulatus is the spotted bass species prevalent in the river, as well as in Lake Norman and other parts of the Catawba River system.

October 04 at 6:45 am

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