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Jim Francesconi, artificial reef coordinator for the NCDMF, died July 18 after a long battle with cancer. Francesconi, NCDMF's artificial reef coordinator, loses cancer battle

Jim Francesconi, artificial reef program coordinator for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, passed away on July 18 during the second round of a prolonged battle with leukemia. Francesconi was at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill recovering from a stem-cell transplant when he contracted a virus that morphed into pneumonia and his weakened immune system was unable to fend it off.  


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Fishermen on the French Broad River have been catching plenty of smallmouth bass this summer, including a few like this trophy. French Broad smallmouth fishing producing good numbers

Where can anglers find all-day action in a comfortable setting in North Carolina, pass through wonderful scenery and make frequent stops to enjoy a cooling dip? Try the French Broad River as it flows from Asheville toward the Tennessee border.


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Targeting bottomfish is a great idea in August, whether you do it offshore on a big boat or around nearshore structure on a jet ski. Deer season is a month away, so find out what's in store for Tarheel hunters.


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A little closer to home, the waters of the western side of Pamlico Sound hold some great late-summer and fall flounder fishing. Western flats

Guide Mitchell Blake pointed out riprap scattered up and down the bank and how the tide was concentrating the water as it flowed around the edge of one particularly large rock. After a few casts at the rock and nearby spots, something picked up the Gulp! shrimp one of Blake’s fishermen had tied on. 


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Brian Lockwood puts some muscle into fighting a nice bottomfish from the seat of his jet ski. The jet set

Something seemed out of place. While it’s not uncommon to see a personal watercraft, aka jet ski, putting in at the Newport River boat ramp near Radio Island, this one was different.


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Former guide Stanley Correll gets excited about Tuckertown Lake flathead catfish, even when they’re only 25-pounders like this one. His biggest from the Yadkin River reservoir weighed 58. Just cattin’ around - Best flathead catfish action of year is just around the bend at Tuckertown Lake

For years, a trip to Tuckertown Lake was a busman’s holiday for Stanley Correll. Now it’s just pure pleasure.


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Early morning is the best time to target Shearon Harris’ magnum white perch in the summer, but good fish and good numbers can be caught throughout the day. Perched for success - Don’t miss out on a cooler full of Shearon Harris white perch this summer

It’s no secret that Shearon Harris Lake between Raleigh and Sanford is a hot spot for trophy bass and slab crappie. But another species has taken up residence in the prime liquid real estate, as anglers are collecting a rising number of white perch. Although their presence has been met with mixed emotion, one thing is for certain, they are delicious.


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Gray triggerfish are just one of a handful of bottomfish species commonly caught on long-range summer trips out of Little River. Bottoms up! Summer bottom-fishing is best well offshore for anglers around Little River

Little River Inlet enters the Atlantic Ocean just below the state line between North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Sunset Beach, N.C. Anglers from both states use the inlet to gain access to fabulous fishing, the most notable of which may be summer bottomfish action.


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Spiderwire Stealth Glow-Vis Braid Spiderwire Stealth Glow-Vis Braid

The new Stealth Glow-Vis Braid from Spiderwire allows anglers to watch their line and detect bites that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. It has a low-vis green color once the line goes subsurface and a unique UV reflective coating with fluorescent brighteners that illuminates when exposed to sunlight. Color Lock Technology holds in the color so this braid won’t fade or bleed on clothing.


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All Star ASNano Rods All Star ASNano Rods

The new ASNano rods were created by All Star to be among the strongest, technique specific rods on the market. They incorporate Nano Resin technology, which increases break strength, and feature Fuji alconite guides, which provide added strength and weight reduction. The Nano Series consists of 14 freshwater baitcasting rods and four freshwater spinning rods.


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Shimano Curado I Shimano Curado I series reels

The new Curado I series reels are available in multiple gear ratios so anglers can have the right reel for the bait they are using. New features of the five models – the Curado CU200PG, CU200, CU200HG, and left-hand retrieve CU201 and 201HG – include the SVS Infinity Brake System, which provides easy-to-manage, consistent spool control and brake force, the Stabile Spool Design, which reduces spool vibration, and X-Ship, which enhances casting performance for longer casts and when using lighter lures.


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Phase 3 AirPro MAX Phase 3 AirPro MAX

The new Phase 3 AirPro MAX high/low seating system has a full forward/aft trim range and can achieve three positions — high, low and recline — without any clipping or loosening of straps.  Easily installed in existing Ride models, the patent-pending seat allows for ample standing room and can be folded and sat upon for even more height on the water. The AirPro MAX is made from a highly durable all-weather textile that affords both comfort and functionality.


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