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Blade baits and tailspinners can be very productive lures when Lake Gaston bass school during the late fall and winter. Get ready for winter bass - With winter on the horizon, get your Lake Gaston bass plans in order

When you’re thinking about all the time you expect to spend indoors this winter, why not include some time to get out for a day or so of fishing? There may be no better place to go in North Carolina than Lake Gaston, where you have opportunities to catch all three major species of black bass — largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass — along with striped bass, walleye or crappie using the same techniques.


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Depending on where you put step in the water, the Davidson River can fish  as easy as a stocked stream or as tough as a native stream. Thanksgiving trout - Sample Novemberís bounty on North Carolinaís premier trout stream, the Davidson River

When it comes to diversity in mountain trout fishing, North Carolina has it in spades. Think of stalking a tiny tributary stream on the Blue Ridge Parkway for native brook trout versus firing long casts to cover the vast stretches of the Tuckasegee River.†


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Soft-Dine XL Soft-Dine XL

Paul Brown’s extremely popular Soft-Dine is now available in a new larger size. The 3 ľ-inch Soft-Dine XL is designed for fishing the shallows and catching trophy-size trout and redfish. Like its smaller brother, Soft-Dine XL features a built-in reflective foil insert for added realism and a special sonic rattling chamber for more vibration and noise.


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Crappie Trailers Crappie Trailers

Normally used as an add-on to other crappie lures such as tube jigs or small crappie spinner baits, Crappie Trailers from The Crappie Psychic, LLC feature a beveled design that creates greater bait action and generates more strikes. They can also be used for panfish when attached straight to a small No. 6 long shank hook. Crappie Trailers come in four colors: Chartreuse, White, Crawworm and Flamingo.


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Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T

With plenty of space for standing, casting and fly fishing in comfort, the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T kayak offers traditional in-line tandem seating, face-to-face social seating or solo seating. New features include the H-Rail System for customizing accessories, a tracking skeg for covering long distances and a battery platform for an optional trolling motor, crate or small cooler. Hobie’s patented MirageDrive with Glide Technology pedal system and Vantage XT seating are also included.


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Admiral, an 18-month-old German shorthair, looks on as his owner, Tommy Jones, lands another nice speckled trout. Trout bite has been great in Swansboro area as waters cool

If you’re a saltwater fisherman, no month compares to October. Waters get cooler each day and put baitfish on the move, and all kinds of gamefish arrive to follow and eat them. Even better, gamefish that were juveniles during the spring and half-grown in summer are now big-shouldered, pot-bellied adults. A favorite October target is spotted seatrout, aka specks. And the magical water temperature, 71 degrees, has ignited the best trout bite of the year in the waters around Swansboro.


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A number of rivers in North Carolina hold good populations of smallmouth bass, even some that arenít in the mountains proper. Look to river smallmouth

The river water was clear and flowing smoothly. The paddle downstream was easy. The sandy bottom, highlighted with dark rocks, provided the perfect backdrop to spot the silhouettes of the fish swimming in the breaks.


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Speckled trout will fall for a MirrOlure in the surf as easily as in the backwaters if you make a few adjustments to the bait. Take that MirrOlure on a trip to the surf for specks

Hard-bodied baits such as MirrOlures have long been celebrated for their effectiveness in the backwaters of our coastal fisheries, however, they are just as deadly in the surf zone.† While productive right out of the box, a fisherman from Surf City known locally as “the trout pro” has been fine-tuning his MirrOlures for more than a decade to maximize his results on trout in the surf.


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Flounder fishing has been excellent around Carolina Beach as fish are taking advantage of a big run of mullet. Flounder keeping Carolina Beach fishermen on their toes

Wes Barbour of Carolina Beach fishing is pretty much wide open from the creeks to the Continental Shelf, and the timing is right to enjoy a great day of fishing, catch a bunch of fish for the freezer or both.


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A crankbait is the No. 1 tool to catch plenty of October bass. Crank up an October bass

If you love to bass fish, especially if you love to throw a crankbait like I do, you can’t get enough of October. It is probably the best month of the year to have a big, diving plug tied on to the end of your line if you’re a North Carolina fisherman.


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Big flounder like this 8.26-pound doormat caught by David Derrick, have been the norm in the Southport area recently. Flounder fishing still excellent in Southport area

Capt. Jimmy Price of Wildlife Bait and Tackle in Southport said as odd as the weather has been, the fall flounder bite is going strong. Despite all kinds of runoff from recent rains that has left waters stirred up and discolored, flounder – and some great big ones – are being caught.


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According to creator Clyde Folse, the scent will remain on the little soft plastic strips for two or three years. The Crappie Psychic

There were days as recently as this summer that a 51-year-old Raceland outdoorsman returned from a sac-a-lait (crappie) fishing trip and removed a secret weapon on his tube jig about a mile from the boat ramp. He did this so no one would get so much as a glimpse of the artificial add-on responsible for putting so many slabs in the ice chest.


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