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Guide Rick Patterson has the ticket for great fall flounder fishing around Swansboro: make a tour of docks and piers. Hook up to Swansboro’s flounder docking stations

As he eased up to a dock on the Intracoastal Waterway a little south of Swansboro, Capt. Rick Patterson of Cape Carteret’s Cape Crusader Charters explained it was a special one, that he really expected it to be holding fish.


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Tidal Wave Tidal Wave

If bowfishing is your passion, then you’ll want to check out the Tidal Wave from PSE. It is the new dual-cam version of PSE’s popular Wave bow, and it’s been engineered with a constant draw weight for snap shooting, a 32-inch axle-to-axle length that allows for quick maneuverability and a durable design able to handle extreme conditions. PSE is offering the Tidal Wave in a bowfishing kit that includes a Snap Shot rest, AMS reel with line and two bowfishing arrows.


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Paddlesports Cleaner & Protectant Paddlesports Cleaner & Protectant

Star brite’s new Ultimate Paddlesports Cleaner & Protectant combines cleaning agents that strip away deposits and grime from all fiberglass, Kevlar, rotomolded and inflatable kayaks, Standup Paddleboards and canoes. Its high-tech PTEF® polymers also help repel damaging UV rays and provide a non-slippery barrier to future stains. This formula enhances the color and texture of all treated surfaces and is ideal for paddles too.


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Engel Cooler/Dry Box with Rod Holders Engel Cooler/Dry Box with Rod Holders

Now there’s an easy way to get your rods and reels to the water. The Engel 30 quart and 19 quart Cooler/Dry Boxes with Rod Holders can be slung over your shoulder, freeing both your hands for more gear. These handy coolers have UV-resistant outer shells and lightweight insulation that will keep your items cold. You can also use it for storage of those items that need to be kept dry, like cell phones, wallets, cameras or tablets.


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The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has voted to close a loophole that allowed commercial netters to sell more than their daily allotment of State closes loophole that allowed netters to sell over their limit of drum

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries took a major step Thursday toward curtailing the sale of over-limit red drum by commercial netters when Executive Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation that takes effect Sept. 1 when the 2014-15 netting season opens. The proclamation said the daily amount of “by-catch” red drum that can be sold will drop from 10 to seven fish, and  netters must sell their reds at the same time and place as they sell targeted species such as bluefish, flounder, mullet and spotted seatrout.


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The lure of the Roanoke

Seventeen rivers flow through North Carolina, and while each has its unique characteristics and attractions, for a paddler, the Roanoke has to be near the top of the list.


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Guide Chris Bullock has been catching plenty of slab crappie out of Kerr Lake on jigging spoons and mini-jigs. Spoon-feeding crappie proving productive on Kerr Lake

Kerr Lake is a big reservoir that boasts some big crappie, and guide Chris Bullock of Fountain reports that citation-sized slabs are being plucked from brush piles using two of his favorite techniques: casting jigs and jigging small spoons.


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Topwater fishing for reds has been excellent in the Cape Fear River between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island Topwater redfish bite has been great in lower Cape Fear River

Capt. Rennie Clark of Carolina Beach said that topwater action on redfish and speckled trout has been good in the Cape Fear River between Carolina Beach and Bald Head Island, surprisingly so considering what the river looks like – dirty with runoff after a wet summer.


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Bass may move closer to the surface in August on some lakes, but you’re more likely to have success fishing in deep water. Pay attention to details

August has always been a tough month for bass fishermen, because the fish start getting spread out — there aren’t nearly as many grouped up — and because you might find them anywhere from around shallow docks to 25 feet deep.


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Sometimes, a Light Texas rigs are the ticket for bass at Randleman

When the weather turns sultry, it’s critical to know which terminal tackle will get the best results when bass fishing on big reservoirs. This year, according to guide Joel Richardson of Kernersville, go light. The relatively cool summer has put a new twist on the accepted heavy-weight approach to bass fishing in deep water.


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Guide Jeffrey Thomas has had a productive August catching schooling bass on top at Shearon Harris Lake, and catching an occasional big fish on a jig in deep water. Consistent topwater bass bite has been good at Shearon Harris

The lake with the most-consistent largemouth bass bite in the Raleigh-Durham area should be no surprise – Shearon Harris Lake.


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Wahoo fishing off Morehead City usually picks up in the fall, but it's August and charterboats are starting to bring in catches of multiple 'hoos in day's trip. Good fall wahoo fishing has begun off Cape Lookout earlier than usual

The fall wahoo fishing off Atlantic Beach has gotten off to an early start, according to Capt. Mike Webb of Pelagic Sportfishing, who isn’t sure what has caused this good fortune be said the cooler-than-usual summer probably fits into the mix.


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