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SKEETER ZX250

The Skeeter ZX250 is one of the latest in line of thoroughbred bass boats being produced by the company that began in the East Texas town of Marshall in 1948.


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PHOENIX 721 Pro XP

The Phoenix 721 Pro XP has developed a following and become a staple with bass fishermen nationwide. It has the storage and comfort — along with the speed, handling and maneuverability — expected in a big boat.


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Biologists believe Jordan Lake’s crappie are rebounding quite well and not in need of any new size or creel limits. Should Jordan Lake get new crappie limit?

The Jordan Lake crappie kill in 2011 also nearly ruined fishing at nearby Shearon Harris Lake last year — at least that’s what guide Freddie Sinclair of Clayton believes.


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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission sold more than 92,000 trout-fishing permits in 2013. Mountain trout are North Carolina’s most sought-after fish

If a contestant on “Jeopardy” buzzed in first after getting the club “The most sought-after fish by North Carolina anglers,” the response would probably be a question involving largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, flounder, red drum or spotted sea-trout.


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The Davidson River is know for producing some trophy trout in the section close to the Pisgah Forest Hatchery. Stay warm and dry on a winter stream

With water temperatures likely to be in the 30- to 40-degree range through February, staying warm and dry are crucial to enjoy ingmountain trout fishing.


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Black drum are very tolerant of cold-water conditions, even when the majority of forage has left inshore waters. Look for jumbos closer to ocean

Fishing for black drum over the winter is a staple activity for anglers living along the coast, but many of the big schools of fish are filled with either sub-adults or young adults that will weigh between 2 to 15 pounds. These younger fish prefer brackish waters where food is plentiful and predators are less common. 


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Smaller black drum can often be found in pods or schools during the winter, in part because the amount of available habitat is smaller. Chumming can be very effective

For most inshore fishing, anglers locate and then cast to them. Offshore, anglers  fish areas where the fish should be and will frequently deploy chum to get the fish focused on the angler’s baits or lures.  Inshore, chumming is rarely used to catch anything, but black drum are definitely the exception to the rule.  


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The author supervises his granddaughter on a trip to the Tuckasegee River upstream from the delayed-harvest section. Don’t miss the other Tuck

On just about any day, fair weather or not, the delayed-harvest section of the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County is crowded with trout fishers, either wading or floating the stream. This 4.5-mile stretch of water is the queen of delayed-harvest waters. In the spring, in March to April and again in October and November, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission stocks 49,000 rainbow, brook and brown trout.  Fishing guides love this section because they can almost guarantee that their clients will catch trout — a lot of trout.  


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A bill has been filed in the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent E-15 from being added to the national fuel supply. House gets bill to overhaul Renewable Fuel Standards, kill E-15 expansion

A bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation on Feb. 4 to overhaul the current Renewable Fuel Standard regulations and its outdated ethanol mandates. 


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Striper fishing on the lower Roanoke River has been better than good over the past several weeks, with no signs of slowing down. Lower Roanoke River striper fishing continues to be hot

Richard Andrews of Tar-Pam Guide Service in Bath said striper fishing in the lower Roanoke River is good, really good, and unless there is a drastic change, he anticipates the action to remain hot for when the keeper season opens on March 1. 


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The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is operating on a budget that's $600,000 short because of a delay in implementing a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the feds. NCDMF still operating on low budget level due to missing JEA

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries continues to operate on a budget raided by the state legislature of $600,000 six months after Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a Joint Enforcement Agreement that would earn the state’s saltwater management agency that amount in federal assistance.


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How you handle a fish between the time you catch it and return it to the water will go a long way to helping or hurting its chances for survival. Make your releases work

Hopefully everyone realizes there is more to properly releasing fish than simply taking them off the hook and throwing them back. However, there are times all you can do is watch and wonder. 


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