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Head to Lake Norman for some great spotted bass fishing, or run to the coast and catch doormat flounder.


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You donít have to soak cut bait to catch old drum; popping corks are now No. 1 among Pamlico Sound anglers. Drum dance - Summer is a great time to float up an old drum in North Carolinaís Pamlico Sound

Most roads leading east across North Carolina will eventually end along the banks of the Pamlico Sound, an inland sea that separates the mainland from the Outer Banks. It’s in the waters of this pristine sound, 80 miles long and 30 miles wide, that the biggest specimens of red drum spend much of their time inshore.


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The author caught this nice flounder from his home waters of lower Brunswick County. Flat relocation - Think flounder, think lower Brunswick County in the summer

Dating back more than a half-century, the waters of southern Brunswick County have had a reputation for producing big flounder. Old-timers smile as they tell tales of the doormats that used to be wrestled from around the pilings beneath the shrimp houses at Shallotte Point in the Shallotte River.


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Dave Rosemanís 44-pound, 10-ounces king mackerel caught last May is the largest king caught at Ocean Crest Pier since 2002. Kings of the pier

If experience is the best teacher, then aspiring king mackerel anglers might consider visiting the end of Ocean Crest Pier on Oak Island.


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Lily pads can be great bass-holding cover in North Carolina, especially during the summer. Pad particulars - Make the most of lily pads for bass-fishing opportunities

Summertime thoughts commonly turn to beach getaways, but the sun-driven heat leaves us adding an umbrella to that picture. And while we’re on the comfort kick, how ’bout some food? Sounds like a nice vacation, but shelter from the swelter and something for the belly also defines the attraction of lily pads for largemouth bass.


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Guide Craig Price has taken advantage of Lake Normanís burgeoning population of spotted bass. Norman newbies - Lake Normanís hybrids and spots like it hot

Ask any angler what he or she wants more of and the answer will be simple and emphatic, “to catch more fish!” †Spanning 32,500 acres just north of Charlotte, the inland sea known as Lake Norman gives fisherman the opportunity to do just that.†


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Spotted bass are an aggressive cousin of smallmouths and largemouths that have become a big part of Fontala Lakeís black bass fishery. Peeling Fontana - Layer down for great summer fishing at Fontana Lake

On Fontana Lake, water temperatures in June and July cement the summer fishing season. While a few fish can still be found in and around the shallows — usually only early and late in the day — most have retreated to deeper, cooler water in the 10,230-acre lake west of Bryson City.†


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A Texas-rigged plastic worm is a very productive bait fisheda round Randleman Reservoirís numerous tree laps. Randlemanís tree bass

July is a tough months to catch bass in shallow water on most lakes in North Carolina, unless you’re there at the crack of dawn to take advantage of the last few minutes of the night bite.


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Shimano Citica I series Shimano Citica I series

The new Citica I series reels from Shimano feature the toughness provided by a rigid, impact resistant Hagane body, so that angler strength is transformed into cranking power. Shimano’s SVS Infinity braking system provides easy-to-manage centrifugal brake performance for precision casting adjustments and their X-Ship technology delivers smooth retrieves. Long casts can also be achieved with Shimano’s S3D spool for balance and reduced vibration. All four reels weigh in at 7.4-ounces, and will handle from 190 yards of 30-pound test to 80 yards of 65-pound test PowerPro braid.


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Bagley Knocker B Bagley Knocker B

Bagley’s new Knocker B is an extremely effective and easy to use top-water bait that is fun to work for all species of freshwater fish. It has a large BB positioned in the rear section of the lure that produces a loud knocking as the bait is worked across the water’s surface. The Knocker B also comes with super sharp black nickel VMC treble hooks, with the rear treble even boasting a white feather for added enticement to any big bass. The Knocker B is available in sizes of 3/8-ounce (3 Ĺ inches) or Ĺ-ounce (4 ľ inches).


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All Star ASNano Rods All Star ASNano Rods

The new ASNano family of rods were created by All Star to be among the strongest, technique-specific rods on the market. They feature Nano Resin technology that increases break strength and the latest in Fuji design which provides added strength and weight reduction. The exposed Fuji ACS and VSS reels seats contribute dependability and allow direct contact with the blank. Helping you feel the most subtle bites.


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Plano Marine Trunks Plano Marine Trunks

Plano’s new Marine Trunks help anglers stay organized so they can focus on catching fish. These trunks were designed to take a beating from the water, salt and sun and can withstand the rigors of real-world use. They feature an O-ring seal to ensure contents stay dry and out of the elements. Buckles and molded ports also make securing your trunks easy with standard tie-down straps and padlocks. Plano Marine Trunks are available in three introductory sizes – 56-Quart Model 161, 68-Quart Model 171 and super-sized 108-Quart Model 191 – and are marine gray and blue.


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