Fishing News and Information

Shallotte angler catches 13-pound flounder in South Carolina's North Santee River

Fresh off winning the annual Capt. Rickey’s Trout Speck-tacular Tournament on Egret Baits’ new Rattling Vudu Shrimp, Clay Morphis of Shallotte, N.C., caught a big prize, a 13-pound, 30.5-inch flounder, with the same lure on Dec. 29.

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January 04 at 10:46 am
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Lake Norman bass biting strong in shallow water on these lures

The calendar shouted “Happy New Year”, but the water-temperature display on the screen of Carson Orellana’s Lowrence depth finder said 61.7 degrees.

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January 04 at 8:30 am
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Find out why you should head to Lake Wylie for trophy blue cats and how you can get in on the winter redfish action along the coast.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Find out why you should head to Lake Wylie for trophy blue cats and how you can get in on the winter redfish action along the coast.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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It’s show time!

If you’re reading this, you’ve made it to the end of 2015 and should be thinking about your fishing, hunting and other outdoor exploits for the coming year. Most of us would like to do things a little better, a little easier, and be a little more productive. That’s a good thought and there are things we can do during the winter that are helpful and fun. 

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Thaw out Badin slabs - Cold weather doesn’t stop hot crappie fishing on North Carolina’s Badin Lake this month

To say that a January morning is brisk can be an understatement, but with any luck,  the frost will give way to sunshine and biting fish. At Badin Lake on the Yadkin River chain, hungry and healthy crappie will most likely be holding tight to baitfish schools, hovering over deep-water creeks and coves, where long-line trolling a dragnet of jigs is the most efficient way to fill your 20-fish limit.  

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Artificial alternative - There’s an alternative to live bait for High Rock Lake’s winter stripers

Being a self-effacing guy, Maynard Edwards smiled when he recalled how once upon a January he stumbled across a new way to catch striped bass at High Rock Lake.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Get on the red train - Let a big redfish take you for a ride this winter in North Carolina’s nearshore and inshore waters

About 20 years ago, North Carolina’s winter and early spring inshore fishing was a losing proposition. Cold weather chased sportfish from sounds, bays and rivers to the warmer ocean waters, leaving inshore anglers to oil and respool reels, remove rust and repair rods while waiting for spring.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Wylie’s Cool Cats are the ticket this month at Lake Wylie

Lake Wylie, which straddles the border between North Carolina and South Carolina, has developed into one of the premier catfishing reservoirs for both states. Based on research from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this already highly productive lake is still in the “boom” stage.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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SpitFire X7

Mercury Marine has introduced SpitFire X7, the first propeller in the 75-115hp engine class to be marketed with Mercury’s proprietary X7 alloy, which is 30 percent stronger and four times more durable than conventional steel. Using the X7 alloy and building off design elements from the best-in-class aluminum SpitFire, the SpitFire X7 significantly improves acceleration, top speed and holding ability. The new SpitFire X7 is available at Mercury dealers in 15-inch, 17-inch, 19-inch and 21-inch pitches.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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Several boating access areas and game lands closed due to high water

Due to high water conditions on the Cape Fear River and Lumber River, both in the southeastern portion of the state, the NCWRC has closed several boating access areas. 

In Cumberland County, Fayetteville (Old 87) access area has been closed until further notice.

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December 29, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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Honors for that big fish

Anglers are among the most well-known stretchers of the truth in the land — or water, as the case may be. For some reason, everyone has had the biggest fish of their life break off right at the boat with no evidence to prove otherwise. By chance they did land the fish, it was “returned to the water to grow bigger and be caught another day.”

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December 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Catch a tagged hybrid striped bass on Lake Norman, get $100

Who wouldn’t like to get paid for catching a fish? Thanks to a hybrid striped bass study being conducted by the NCWRC, anglers fishing on Lake Norman can get $100 if they catch certain tagged fish and report the tag data to the agency.

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December 28, 2015 at 11:12 pm
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The DeepJerk Minnow

Saltwater fishermen who love to fish coastal and inshore waters for speckled trout and redfish soon will have a new weapon: the DeepJerk Minnow from Mann’s Bait Company in Eufala, Ala.

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December 22, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Angler sets new North Carolina blue catfish record with 105-pounder from Lake Gaston

Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice? You can bet guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro won’t be making that wager any time soon. After catching a 91-pound blue catfish at Lake Gaston on Sunday, Dec. 20 — a fish that stood to break the state record by 2 pounds — he bested himself by shattering that record the next day with another blue that weighed 105 pounds and measured 55 ¾ inches.

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December 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm
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Sometimes bigger and better are separate improvements - Big-screen GPS units allow for greater fishing flexibility

Back when big-screen LCD fish finders started appearing on professional tournament anglers’ boats I discussed them with walleye pros Scott and Marty Glorvigen.

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December 19, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Penn Clash spinning reel makes great stocking stuffer

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer or a spinning reel for yourself to enjoy this mild winter weather, you won’t be disappointed in the Penn Clash. The Clash won Best Saltwater Reel at this year’s ICAST show.

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December 16, 2015 at 9:29 pm
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Double up in December bass

December is a great month to fish for largemouth and striped bass in North Carolina.There are a lot of lakes around here where you can go out in December and find quality fish in that 10-foot depth range — there are other states where if you want to catch fish in the winter, you have to go in really deep water.

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December 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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