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A bill that will force the relaxation of beach-driving and beach-access restrictions on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has passed both houses of Congress by wide margins. Bill that will ease Cape Hatteras beach restrictions passes both houses of Congress

North Carolina’s surf fishermen, tourists, residents and businesses along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore received some good news earlier this month regarding a potential rollback of onerous beach-access restrictions. On Dec. 4, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that was part of a public-lands package, and then on Dec. 12, the U.S. Senate passed its version, which included a major change to an unpopular Off-Road Vehicle Plan. All that is needed now is President Barack Obama’s signature.


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When water temperatures get down to 50 degrees or below, a jig can be your best bet for winter bass. Be a weather watcher

There are a lot of good reasons to fish in December, chief among them, most everybody else is deer hunting, and you’ve pretty much got the lake to yourself.


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Winston Michel of Pierre Part caught this bass on a Mister Twister Poc’it Hawg Raiser while fishing out of Doiron’s Landing in the Atchafalaya Basin. Mister Twister Poc’it Hawg Raiser

A Texas bass angler’s bid to get back to the Bassmaster Classic depended heavily on a soft-plastic creature bait that few, if any, others had in their arsenal when they fished the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Nov. 6-8 on the Ouachita River.


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Gill lice have been discovered in brook trout in Cullasaja River headwater streams, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is plenty concerned. Gill lice found in brook trout in Cullasaja River headwaters streams

Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for anglers’ assistance after gill lice were found on brook trout in several headwater streams of the Cullasaja River in Macon County. 


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The Tuckasegee River, especially the stretch of water on the lower end before it enters Fontana Lake, has been producing some great trout in cold weather. Don't forget winter trout fishing in the mountains, where cold means hot

Anglers often think winter isn’t a good time to fish for mountain trout, but guide Eugene Shuler of the Ela community near Bryson City said it’s actually the best time to land a trophy brown or rainbow.


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Speckled trout are hitting soft-plastics in the creeks off the New River and the ICW near Sneads Ferry. Creeks off New River producing plenty of specks, reds for Sneads Ferry anglers

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures in Sneads Ferry said the speckled trout and red drum have been biting in the creeks off the New River and Intracoastal Waterway, and if you’re in the right spot at the right time, the action can be downright hot.


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Matt Morgan and Kent Morgan, two crappie pros, have a set game plan for winter fishing, especially on a lake with which they're not familiar. Take these six tips and catch more winter crappie

Crappie fishing is extremely popular in the Carolinas, and what better way to spend the cold months than catching slab crappie. Here’s what two of the Southeast’s top crappie fishermen do when going to a new lake to find crappie.


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Downsizing to much smaller lures is often a key to catching more winter bass and stripers. Downsize baits for better winter results on bass, stripers

Whether you fish for striped bass or largemouth bass during the winter, most guides and experienced anglers suggest downsizing your fishing lures for more strikes.


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Plenty of stripers are hitting topwater baits in the Cape Fear River. Carolina Beach area fishing continues to be first class in all areas

Rennie Clark of Tournament Trail Charters in Carolina Beach said that despite cooler water and air temperatures, fishing around Carolina Beach continues to be pretty hot.


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Jay Forest hooked himself in the lip recently while at a camp in the lower reaches of Louisiana's Bayou Black marsh, so he decided to let another camp member try to pull the hook using the old string trick. Watch the video to see if it was successful. Will the string trick remove a hook from the lip?

I've had a treble hook jammed into my jawline, so when I heard that Jay Forest, an employee of our sister publication, Louisiana Sportsman, had speared himself in the top lip with a jig hook I had to shiver a bit.


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First published in 1981, Thayne Smith’s book, “In a Time of Need” detailed the use of Lowrance paper chart recording sonar units for search and recovery work. Electronics serving in times of need

Search and recovery divers were pretty much on their own back in the early 1980’s; I know because I was one of them. I spent 10 years on the Dallas Fire Department’s dive team and worked from the department’s drag boats before the dive team came to be. Fireman Thad Moore, owner of a SCUBA shop in Dallas, thought we could do better for the families of drowning victims than recovering them with drag hooks. He developed a search and recovery class for SCUBA divers, canvassed the department for volunteers and the Dallas Fire Department’s SCUBA Search & Rescue team was born.


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Speckled trout spawn in North Carolina waters beginning in April and going through October, with each female releasing 3 to 20 million eggs. A speckled trout’s life

Spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus), also popularly called speckled trout, are members of the sciaenidae family, which includes drums, croakers and weakfish. They are prized throughout their range, which may extend from New York to Florida and northern Mexico. North Carolina is the northern end of the range where fishermen should expect to see them year-round.


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