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Bass pro David Williams of Maiden has a half-pound lead entering the final round of the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman. Pro from Maiden retains lead in BASS Southern Open

David Williams didn’t have quite as good a day on Friday as he did on Thursday in the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman, but the angler from Maiden is still ahead of the pack.


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Guide James McManus trolls for walleye and several other species during the fall. Trolling is key fall tactic on Fontana Lake for a variety of species

In a few weeks, the mountains of western North Carolina will be crawling with leaf watchers who will look up at the beauty and most likely miss the action going on down below at Lake Fontana. Guide James McManus of 153 Charters Fishing spends most of the fall trolling the depths of Fontana and tempting a number of species.


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David Williams of Maiden has a 6-ounce lead after the first day of the BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman. Maiden pro takes lead in BASS Southern Open on Lake Norman

David Williams of Maiden leads the BASS Southern Open after the first day on Lake Norman with a five-fish limit that weighed 14 pounds, 1 ounce. 


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Guide Maynard Edwards said that flatheads and other catfish have really been biting on High Rock Lake as the water level drops. As water level drops, High Rock catfish are going on a feeding spree

It’s one of the interesting things about High Rock Lake that when the lake level falls, fishing success rises. Maynard Edwards of Yadkin Lakes Guide Service said his clients have been having some tremendous catfish trips as the lake is drawn down for an NCDOT construction project.


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Hand-carved crankbaits are individually made and have individual characteristics that veteran fishermen will appreciate. Learn the basics before you invest heavily in hand-carved crankbaits

Fishermen should be as demanding as professional baseball players in choosing their lumber for their sport. Baseball bats must meet certain standards; wooden baits should reflect skilled labor, especially at anywhere from $15 to $25 per bait. Getting your money’s worth from hand-carved baits involves selecting the right wood and scrutinizing its components.


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The author got a first-hand look at the kind of redfish you can expect to catch this month around New River Inlet. Finding Red October - Big red drum use New River Inlet as a highway to the baitfish zone in the fal

Fishermen targeting red drum often scour the skinny waters of far-removed marshes or bays as if in search of hidden treasure.  While one may be found there, one guide has discovered a pot of redfish gold hidden in plain sight. Inside New River Inlet, around Sneads Ferry, locating deep-water oyster beds is the key to tangling with quality reds. 


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Wahoo are caught in both good numbers and good sizes during the fall run off Cape Lookout. Fall is the time to whack a wahoo between Cape Lookout and the break

Fall mornings start early along the Atlantic Beach canals and Morehead City waterfront. In the lingering darkness, captains and mates prepare charter boats for the day’s work. The fishermen arrive before the sun cracks the horizon, sleepy but excited, with expectations of great fishing.


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A limit of 20 slab crappie like this one Freddie Sinclair is holding can make for the beginnings of a great fish fry. Autumn slab fest? Jordan Lake crappie fishermen expect a great fall

Happily for crappie fishermen, Jordan Lake has recovered from a massive 2011 fish kill. The rare combination of a cold-weather threadfin shad die-off that February, then a week of 100-degree temperatures that July wiped out a lot of fish.


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False albacore visit North Carolina’s nearshore waters in the fall, offering anglers some great, sporting battles. Feeding Fat Albert - False albacore provide North Carolina fishermen with plenty of action in the fall

Known as little tunny, false albacore and, informally, Fat Alberts, the fish that goes by the scientific name Euthunnus alletteratus is abundant up and down the Atlantic coast and even south to Brazil and east to Africa. They hunt in packs and often are mixed in schools with small yellowfin, blackfin or skipjack tuna, Atlantic bonito, Spanish mackerel and bluefish.


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Hammertime Bass Assassin

Whether you’re fishing inshore or offshore, freshwater or salt, Bass Assassin has you covered. Under the brand names Bass Assassin, Saltwater Assassin, Panfish Assassin, Walleye Assassin and Bang Lures, they offer many styles and lure options. They’ve also recently added 15 new colors to their already large lineup: Albino Halo, Ayu, Black Emerald, Cool Ice, Electric Shad, Hammertime, Mama’s Chicken, Meat Hook, Mississippi Hippie, Pro Blue/Red Pearl, Rainbow Shad, Ripper, Silver Shiner, Smoke Wagon and Wakasigi.


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The cash-strapped NC Division of Marine Fishers, and in particular, the marine patrol, would receive a major financial shot in the arm if the state enters into a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service. NCDMF treading water on JEA, waiting for approval from top government officials

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has yet to act on an item in the 2014 state budget, apparently because it hasn’t gotten the green light from higher-ups in the government, all of whom have received a letter from 10 Republican legislators asking them to delay action.


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The speckled trout season has really kicked off, despite dirty, freshwater runoff in the Atlantic Beach area. Despite dirty, fresh water, speck bite has taken off at Atlantic Beach

Capt. Matt Lamb of Chasin’ Tails Outdoors in Atlantic Beach said that offshore fishing has been great, and despite some dirty water caused by runoff, flounder and sheepshead are biting. But the big surprise is how well speckled trout are dealing with all the runoff.


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