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Wild trout in backcountry streams are not always pint-sized. Without much regular fishing pressure, fish like this rainbow can grow to trophy sizes. Go off the beaten path for North Carolina’s mountain trout

Western North Carolina contains some of the most remote places east of the Mississippi River, with absolutely breathtaking views from every angle. The mountains are full of steep ridges, deep canyons and are covered in century-old forests, a true wilderness. 


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The hotter it gets, the deeper in thick cover bass will bury up, places where only a lure like a hollow-body frog can drag them out of. Froggie went a courtin’...

Bass fishing is hot this month across North Carolina, but with the hot fishing comes hot weather, and that brings one of an angler’s biggest foes — the growth of surface weeds that can foul all types of fishing lures. This makes some bodies of water virtually unfishable for many anglers, but those who use the right lure can have a field day.


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Guide Mike Taylor boated this 72-pound cobia several years ago in the waters off Cape Lookout in early June. Seeing is believing when it comes to sight-fishing for Cape Lookout cobia

A clear sky and a calm wind beckoned as Mike Taylor loaded his boat at a private dock in Morehead City for a day on the water. He was especially happy because there had been no pre-dawn alarm, and even the sun appeared to be smiling. Because of the fish he had chosen to target, being on the water before daylight wasn’t essential.


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Daiwa’s Zillion reels

Daiwa’s hugely popular Zillion TWS reels just got faster with the introduction of the Xtra Hyper Speed XXS reels with a blazing 9.1:1 retrieve speed. The new Zillion Baitcasting reels offer some very advanced features, including their revolutionary T-Wing System (TWS) and Free Floating spool system, which together give you an even farther cast. When you combine these two systems along with Daiwa’s Magforce-Z anti-backlash control you will get a smooth effortless cast with increased distance.


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RigRap RigRap

RigRaps are small, plastic boxes of various sizes that will neatly hold individual, pre-tied rigs for all kinds of fishing. Open the box, unwind the leader, tie the running line to the swivel and you’re ready. When you’re finished, place the swivel in the middle of the box, then wind the line around a raised, plastic oval and clip the hook back in next to the swivel. The cases can be threaded onto Velcro straps that can be fastened to console railings or T-Top supports for easy access.


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Striper fishing in the Roanoke River downstream from Weldon is just getting into full-swing as the keeper season, extended for three days, prepares to end. Roanoke River striper run just getting ready to peak

Striped bass fishing is beginning to hit its stride in the upper reaches of the Roanoke River, according to guide Richard Andrews of Bath.


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Kayak-fishing organizations offer tournaments targeting a variety of species, including crappie. Who will beat Bill?

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the epitome of passion in competition. Without even suiting up to play, we all find a way to participate in the excitement.


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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will allow the harvest of striped bass in the Roanoke River Management Area for three extra days. Commission adds three days to Roanoke River striper harvest season

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will extend the striped bass harvest season in the Roanoke River Management Area until midnight on Sunday, May 3. The season had been set to expire by rule on April 30. 


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Matt Arey of Shelby won the FLW Tour event on Arkansas' Beaver Lake on Sunday, taking home $125,000. Shelby pro strikes it rich on Arkansas' Beaver Lake

The banks are closed on Sundays, but bass pro Matt Arey of Shelby got a big payday last Sunday when he won the FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake out of Flippin, Ark., taking home $125,000.


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Topwater baits like this She Pup are producing a lot of nice speckled trout in the Sneads Ferry area of late. Topwater trout bite has taken hold in Sneads Ferry area

Capt. Allen Jernigan of Breadman Ventures said speckled trout are aggressively attacking topwater lures in the bays and creeks off the Intracoastal Waterway and New River around Sneads Ferry, with the action typically best in the early mornings and late afternoons and on rainy and overcast days.


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Kristopher Queen and Tyler Black of Bandys H.S. won the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship on Arkansas' Grand lake on Sunday. Team from Bandys H.S. wins high school national bass-fishing championship

Kristopher Queen and Tyler Black of Bandys High School in Catawba brought their second great catch in a row to the scales on Sunday to win the FLW/TBF High School Fishing National Championship on Grand Lake near Rogers, Ark. 


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Guides along North Carolina's coast have formed two groups to promote their interests and the health of the state's saltwater fishery. Saltwater guides form two groups to represent their interests, NC's fishery

After several months of sometimes contentious debate, fishing guides in coastal North Carolina have organized into two different groups to work for the fisheries and make sure members’ needs are being recognized.


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